Questions for the gang out here on cutting blanks with a bandsaw
Went to a garage sale a week ago and saw a band saw a guy wanted to get rid of (Central Machine - 14"). He is a welder and said he got it as a present from a family member but never used the saw as it was not strong enough to do the work he does with metal....the machine was still packaged in some type of plastic wrap and not a mark on it.......so i went back home and looked it up on the web and seen that Harbor Freight sells them for around $300 plus shipping. Speeds: 3000 FPM
Motor: 1 HP, single phase
Read some reviews about it and noted that it is a low end tool but seemed to do the job of Turning Blanks from logs and with a few modifications could cut thicker blanks. It can cut a thickness of 6" max stock.......so i looked to see what i could do to it so i could cut thicker blanks for wood turning. (kids included from the neighborhood)
Modifications that would be needed: Riser block kit, and new saw blade
Riser will increase height to 12"
New blade - OE is a china knock off and a junky blade
I went back and he still had it and offered him $100 for it which he took.
The riser block kit is $58.00 and the new blade was $18.00 both with shipping included. So im into this now at $176. The blade i bought (skip tooth) was from Lou Iturra who is a expert on bandsaws and blades and is a great help in answering any questions about these saws that you have parts, blades etc- (866-883-8064).
Question: Has anyone put one of these riser block kits on ? wondering how much difficulty it will be
Question: Was told it would require some tweaking and adjustments after all is installed.......anybody know what the tweaking is and how i can find instructions or video on how to "Tweak" it.........LOL
Question: read where you can put another motor on it when this one burns out......good idea? what size? anyone know where to look for these motors?