Ideas/Plans for an Enclosed Base for Delta 14" Bandsaw

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Forum topic by GrizzlyBagWorks posted 10-11-2014 03:13 AM 1353 views 0 times favorited 4 replies Add to Favorites Watch
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10-11-2014 03:13 AM

Hi Guys, I feel like a total “newbie” asking but I figured it would be the safer move before I proceeded on a build on my own. I’m relatively new to woodworking so I was hoping to get some input on a design for an enclosed base for my Rockwell 14” band saw.

The existing base has some kind of bizarre resonance going on that I simply can not escape that’s sending a strong vibration through the machine. Also, the vintage 1HP GE motor I have won’t fit so I’d like to build something new that will put the saw lower to the ground, use the larger motor and eliminate the vibration.

Here’s a video of the vibration in the saw and what I did to try and fix it as well as the new motor:

I found a few photos online of a base that someone made that looks INCREDIBLE, but I’m too new to woodworking to try and figure out to reverse engineer what he made. I’m scared that I’m not going to build something strong enough.

Any suggestions, links and input you guys have would be GREATLY appreciated. Thanks so much!!!

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#1 posted 10-11-2014 03:33 AM

I don’t think the base is the problem. You need to address whatever is inducing the resonance in the base. Find what is causing the vibration.

Isolate the problem by removing things one at a time and running the machine.

Start with the blade, followed by the belt.

If the machine still vibrates with the belt disconnected, it’s a motor problem, most likely the motor bearings.

Good luck!

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#2 posted 10-11-2014 03:46 AM

Thanks for the input! Unfortunately it’s most definitely the base. I replaced the motor bearings and saw a small improvement but it still vibrated. I even changed out the motor for a brand new one and it had the same level of vibration. I temporarily moved the band saw to that other table in the video and it runs butter smooth.

I’d like to use the new motor though and it won’t fit in the existing base so I’ll have to remake something anyway.

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#3 posted 10-11-2014 04:15 AM

The video isn’t showing. Post a link.

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#4 posted 10-11-2014 04:21 AM

Here’s some pics of the base on mine. I have the same saw, I believe it’s a “77. Man I really feel for you on this vibration thing. I read your initial thread about it. Don’t give up, if anything you’ll learn a lot about your saw and bandsaws in general.

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