Finally got the whole saw back together again and spent the evening tuning up the trunnions and arbor runout.
The arbor had about 0.012” runout in it so I mounted an aluminum angle bracket in a pyramid shape and used a machinist 123 block with a few grits of sandpaper to true it up. Got the idea from: http://woodgears.ca/saw_arbor/index.html except I didn’t have a stone.
I have a question though, the original saw had bent rails that mount the side wings. The total saw was 24” (saw) 12” (wing) and the 5/8” stainless bar was 30” long. I could not find any stainless but I did pick up two hot rolled bars for $12/piece and their 50” long. What configuration would be the most suitable for this size of saw? I was thinking 12” of support on the left and 22” on the right but is an even 18” on each side what most people are looking for?
I did a few test cuts and stalled the motor, then found out that its a crazy old motor with liquid oil cups and bronze bushings lol. Then I found out its a universal motor and the brushes have been arcing for decades…...
Soo… Should I keep this saw and find a used motor for $100 or sell it for $75 profit? I have a 10” Hussmann that I have tuned up but its nowhere as beefy as this Beaver is.
The saw as I got it:
The saw as it is now: