I posted a question relating to my central machine bandsaw on the tool section but i have been writing about the Davis-Wells bandsaw i got at a sale and ran into a few questions or problems.
Ive been in contact with Louis Iturra about the restoration and buying some new parts when im ready.
Today i took off the blade and tires on the upper and lower part of the bandsaw and what a job that was to do. They must have used expoy long ago to put the tires on...LOL kidding.....but i got the tires off and then i used chemical finish stripper i had laying around to get off the old glue from the wheels. Using a razor blade and elbow greese i got them clean as new.
I took off the upper and lower guides and soaked them in a chemical degreeser. UPPER GUIDE - I am sure the upper is shot - cuts deep in the front of the thrust bearing and it does not turn freely at all, blocks on this old machine were made of metal and still in good shape. the thurst bearing in mounted in a metal housing with a nut in the center.
Lower guide seems to be in good shape and spins freely-both are incased in a metal housing.
From what i have been able to learn i can buy new upper and lower guides (Carter makes replacements for Davis-Wells old machines) from Iturra along with my Belts...........anybody else have any ideas that may be a better way to go ?
From what ive read Carter replacements will bolt right on with no modification needed
If all goes like i want tomm i will be seeing for the first time if the motor is any good as im going to wire it up.....220, bought 8ga wire for the whole thing, 220 switch etc- (i know 10g would work but i have a friend in the electrical supply buss so i went with the 8ga),new boxes and ill post pics and update....sure hope the motor still works it will save me money....LOL and thatnks for the help in advance........Dan