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Converted wood bandsaw for metal

Postby kblenker#22 » Wed Mar 29, 2017 7:35 pm

Today I converted a Delta 14" band saw for cutting metal. stock the blade runs at about 2900 sfpm now i have it running at about 210 sfpm. i added a 30:1 gear reduction box on the motor and played with the pulley sizes on the belt to reduce the speed. i just ordered blades for it today and i need to fab a new guard for the belt so i havent tested it yet but it should be finished in the next couple days.

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Re: Converted wood bandsaw for metal

Postby rick9345 » Thu Mar 30, 2017 9:31 am

converted one years ago still going strong
Yous looks :D
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Coupla Bandsaws,Grinders,surface grinder,tool/cutter grinder
and more stuff than I deserve(Thanks Significant Other)
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Re: Converted wood bandsaw for metal

Postby Fly » Fri Mar 31, 2017 2:35 pm

Where did you get your seed reducer & what was the cost?

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Re: Converted wood bandsaw for metal

Postby kblenker#22 » Fri Mar 31, 2017 8:06 pm

it was in a box in the corner where i work, it came from an auction box of misc stuff so i dont know what the origional purchase price was. all the parts i used were just stuff i had laying around the only thing i bought was the blade. the saw itself i got for $50 at auction.
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Re: Converted wood bandsaw for metal

Postby clavius » Fri Mar 31, 2017 10:59 pm

I have a very old (1940's probably) Milwaukee-Delta 14" saw that is pretty much identical to yours. I bought it from a guy on craigs list for 100 bucks with no motor or stand.

Like you I used a worm drive gearbox and had a 1HP DC motor and variable speed drive that I used. I can slow mine down to about about 100 SFM on the low end and go to about 1100 on the high end by turning a knob. As I use it much more for metal than wood, I can live with that. If I ever decide I need more top end for wood cutting I can add a pulley but have never found it to be a problem. It is an excellent saw and one of the most often used machines in my shop.

Question - Is the seal missing from the input side of your gearbox? If it is, you might want to think about shielding that somehow to keep dust and crud out of it. The sawdust and metal cutting get into everything!

Really nice job on the conversion, You will be really happy with yours, I'm sure.
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Re: Converted wood bandsaw for metal

Postby kblenker#22 » Wed Apr 05, 2017 6:40 pm

got the guards done. cuts steel like butter.
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Re: Converted wood bandsaw for metal

Postby clavius » Thu Apr 06, 2017 6:02 pm

Pretty impressive. Nice work!

I find my bandsaw is one of the machines that us use very frequently. Handy, quick, and pretty versatile. Nice addition to your shop.
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