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Discussion in 'The Hokey Ass Message Board' started by kustombuilder, Jan 16, 2008.

  1. gatz
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    nice work there, Rip.... and economical to boot.
    Adding the chip brushes is a good idea; I need to do that on my 14" Walker-Turner as the urethane tires get loaded up with scarf, then the blade slips and comes off and then I cuss and throw things around....not a healthy atmosphere.
     
  2. The 39 guy
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    I like your new saw Rip. A very well thought out and executed plan!
     
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    Rip,
    Did a similar conversion with my Craftsman 12" Band saw. Used a jack shaft with old big diameter dryer pulleys to slow the standard motor down to about 200 rpm. I just move the belt to direct for hi-speed. I been using it this way for about 15 years, cut up to 1/2" steel plate.Any body considering this buy bi-metal blades, they cost more but cut metal better. I use 1/2"wide 12-14 pitch bi-metal blades.


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  4. toreadorxlt
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    Buttoned my planisher uo


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  5. Binger
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    Great ideas about the band saws! I am going to have to take a long look at my old unit and see if I can make some of the same mods to be able to cut metal.
     
  6. LPRS
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    My favorites in my shop: heavily modified Woodward Fab bead roller and stand (soon to get power thanks to this thread), small fab table and tig torch lead overhead crane (gives me about 40' of useable welding area, from my chassis table to the small fab table to the next bay over without my leads dragging on the ground), and a chassis fab table. The two tables get used constantly, definitely worth spending the time and money to make exactly what you need and honestly I think I only have a couple hundred bucks in material. 20150107_062848.jpg
     
  7. LPRS
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    And no shop should be without a tasty adult beverage opener like this one I forged from an old railroad spike. 10592708_311138569057298_4889939641000013635_n.jpeg
     
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    You will make it work, Just make sure you slow the speed down enough to cut steel.Maybe an transmission and pulleys. truck tranny might get 500rpm in low then 2 to 1 pulley should cut it in half again. Bi-metal blades cost double but are worth it.

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  9. ROADSTER1927
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    P6100019.JPG PA010007.JPG P6100010.JPG PA010007.JPG Here is one of my home made tools and the space saving package I came up with. Now to add power to the larger bead roller. Gary:)
     
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  10. ford495051
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    I was just thinking about my band saw, and how to slow it down.....great ideas.
     
  11. Treadmills are a great source for motors and repowering. Most of the time they are free. I did my bandsaw and it works great and next will be my drill press.

    The great thing about the DC motors is they make nearly full torque at very low RPM. Where as an AC motor with the power dialed down to slow it will have virtually no torque.
     
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    Vicky Hemi,
    I have a tread mill motor and control I want to install on my band saw, but too damn busy working on my 32 w Hemi.


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  13. That's ok, wait till you need the band saw for a hemi deuce task. :)

    There are other controls that have a more industrial and appropriate appearance for sure. But this works flawlessly and was just about free.
    I got lucky on the controls and was able to cut them down to fit the width.
    When I run the saw, I use the manual training mode and the drivetrain thinks is on a jog in the treadmill. Everything plugs in and there was ZERO wiring.
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    I needed to make an intermediate mounting plate for the motor. That required some fussy measuring and a drill. The shaft got the smallest pulley I could find with a slight ream job. Flat spotted the shaft for the set screw. The ribbed pulley threads on and has a dab of lock tight just for good measure.
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    This thing is flat out awesome.Since the blade guides are fully adjustable It will run any width size blade between 1/4 and 1-1/4 With Nearly infinite blade speeds. The treadmill had 95 speeds- 0.5 to 10.0 in 0.1 increments. Steel cuts best at 1.2 to 1.8 depending on blade pitch and material thickness. wood cuts best at 3.0 to 3.5. At 5.0 its scary fast blade speed so there's 1/2 of the Rpms not usable. It might benefit from a jack shaft but I don't see it getting any better.

    I need to do this for my drill press. Now It has spindle speed adjusting by moving belts around. The slowest is 280 rpm and that's just way to fast for a 2" or up hole saw. Bigger the hole saw the faster the tooth speed is. So it really needs converted too. Problem is, like you I'm too busy working on my hemi truck coupe thing to do it:)
     
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    31 Vicky said,
    That's ok, wait till you need the band saw for a hemi deuce task. :)

    I use it now with the stepped down dryer pulleys and jack shaft, but when I get a chance I will go tread-mill.

    Dave
     
  15. Hemi j
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    image.jpg image.jpg Many years ago a friend gave me a no3 Di-Acro bender, it didn't really have much tooling with it so I almost never use it. Yesterday I decided to clean it up too make a list of parts I needed. I started making pins and posts etc. I kinda got side tracked and was putting some stuff in one of my tool boxes where I saw a stack of metal lifting weights of different diameters ! Ok so what do I need to adapt them to my bender? NOTHING !!! They have a 1" hole in the center, so I had a WELL DA moment
     
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  16. Stretchmobile
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    Find the weights with a rounded edge. Weld/bolt a big washer on each side so it overlaps the weight. This will bend square tubing really well. The round edge will indent the tubing so it won't kink.
     
  17. Bearing Burner
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    I used a three speed transmission from a lawn tractor on my drill press for a speed reducer.
     
  18. salf100
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    Made a simple stand for my HF portable band saw. Swapped to cheap blade for a Lenox one and works great. Need to make a tool rest out of aluminum plate and a little paint.


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  19. bobbytnm
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    I've considered doing something like that for my Milwaukie Porta-band. I know there are companies that sell tables for the porta-band, but they are proud of them.

    It looks like it will work out well for you

    Bobby
     
  20. studeboy
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    Salf100 is there any provisions for a small table on the saw like the Dewalt or Milwaukee saws. Good idea for the stand.
     
  21. salf100
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    Stude - do you mean are there any way to mount a small table? If so yes. There are two screws that hold the work rest/guard to the saw. I will use those screws to attach an aluminum table I plan on fabing.


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  22. saltflats
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    I would run a knee up from your base frame to that point then your table mount.
     
  23. salf100
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    I was thinking that also. Not sure how big I'll make the table yet.


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  24. This inspired me to do a bandsaw. Having decent tools hopefully will elevate my build.

    Free craigslist treadmill only had to bypass the safety switch.

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    All put together. Thanks HAMB brain trust. All I need is a longer belt and Amazon said it just shipped!!

    I think the motor that powered the treadmill incline would be perfect to power my bead roller if I can figure out how to control it separately. I gotta search this thread for that again. Or a long harness from the treadmill control panel and the bandsaw running would work. ;)
     
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  26. Wouldn't you know the day after I picked up the HF saw I scored this old craftsman bandsaw minus a stand and motor so I recycled the HF motor to power this as my dedicated wood bandsaw. Think I paid 12 bucks. And it's got the cool vintage look. ImageUploadedByH.A.M.B.1422153329.491412.jpg
     
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  27. jdownunder
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    I got sick of rags in bags
    This took 2mins and cost nothing
    Just a drum and some garden hose
    Be careful what drum you use though
    I heard bad things about fuel drums and grinders
     
  28. jdownunder
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    Ok wasn't quite ready to post this but couldn't help my self
    This is my attempt at a big ass compressor
    2hp electric motor runs the crank of a dead Nissan Diesel engine there will be 4 non return valves out of the glow plug holes to the tank and the exhaust will be capped at the manifold
    I know it's not 100% efficient
    But that doesn't bother me
    Cost about $150
    Feel free to copy
    Can't wait to blast my coupe
     
  29. jdownunder
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    Sorry a photo might help ImageUploadedByH.A.M.B.1422596325.672006.jpg ImageUploadedByH.A.M.B.1422596355.285879.jpg
     
  30. That is the definition of resourceful! Will the RPM be enough to provide adequate oil flow or is there a way to drive an oil pump externally?
     

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