Brought the American Wood Working Machines bandsaw home today. Meet the owner and looked at it but had some concerns. Decided I would be in it DIRT Cheap/You Suck price so what the heck. I can make money by parting it out. But I don't think the issues are that serious.
We spent and hour looking at parts trying to decide what was what and where it went and what was missing. Finally realized that one of the shafts was missing. He dug around his basement some more and found it. Then we discovered another major part missing.
He said it was at the parents. Called and just caught one of them walking out the door. He left and I tried to decide how the heck to load this. He came back shortly with the part and we continued to try to place all the part and look for missing parts.
I finally decided everything appeared to be there minus the motor. He trashed the original! Made me want to cry. I will never be able to replace that! The lower blade guide is missing at least one piece and he thought he knew where it was but couldn't get back in his parents house where the saw was before he moved here. The lower guide looks like it was rigged and not factory so I wasn't to worried about that part. I can make or buy a guide that will work and you won't see it unless you look. Besides it will probably work better! The upper guide is there but missing one piece. Again, I can fab something there. Thats not a deal breaker.
So we loaded her up in buckets. Loaded the castings and I brought her home. This is going to be a big project and will take some time since I have to fab some parts. I guess that is just part of dealing with 1920's machines. I know this is going to be a big project.
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I think I may have to put this one together as-is while it's still fresh in my mind where some of this goes. Photograph it and then tear it down and start refinishing.