Join Date: Jan 2018
Location: Northeast Indiana
Success, old band saw is working again!!
When my uncle passed, I received his old antique 12 inch band saw that was in the barn covered in dirt and more. The rubber tires were gone, nothing left but gunk. Everything was covered in bird poo or rust and it looked bad. I completely disassembled it, cleaned it. I ended up using brake cleaner to get the layers of grime removed. The paint was black and it cleaned up very nice. I did not need to repaint, the good cleaning made it look quite good. The rusty work top took a bit of work with WD40 and steel wool. I had to jury rig the upper and lower blade guides as I could not find anything off the shelf that would fit. The upper guide was mostly there, the bottom guide was completely missing. The good news, after ordering some new 78" blades from SawBlade.com, I tuned it in and for the first time in many years the saw cut some wood. The 4/4 ash I experimented with cut easily. My plan is to leave the 1/4 inch blade on it for those tight turns, and then I can leave my re saw blade on my big band saw and save me some of those blade changes. I will keep looking for some better alternatives for the blade guides, but for now, it works.