18" Woodcutting Band Saw
If you need a band saw and have the money I'd
recommend that you go buy one!
If you have more tools than $$ and you're not in a big hurry you might consider
building your own. The information here might help.
The large plastic wheels were not
round so I figured out a way to mount the wheels to my Grizzly Mini
true them up. If you have never milled plastic it's a lot of fun!
The main frame for the band saw is 6" x 3" square steel x 3/16" thick. This was found at the salvage yard.
The base is built from 1 3/4" x 1/4" angle iron. All the angle iron
was cut on my Clarke 4x6 metal cutting band saw
And welded. After these pics were taken I narrowed the base by removing approx. 6" to give a width of 22".
The rubber wheels are from the salvage yard and were used originally on scaffolding.
These pics show 1/2" steel plate I welded to the 6" x 3"
steel supports that hold the bearing
holders. the pic on the right shows an aluminum bearing holder used to hold the lower wheel assembly.
the bearings used here are 1" ID ( two )sealed roller bearings.
Here is the wheel / bearing assembly welded to the main support.
The pulley is from an old attic fan. ( 12" OD) The gray is metal primer.
The orange around the wheels are Urethane Band Saw Tires
from Suffolk Machinery
1 1/2 Hp motor mounted.
I used a thin metal band 130" long to measure the distance needed between the upper and lower wheels.
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