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Extension Support for Horizontal Band Saw

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Re: Extension Support for Horizontal Band Saw

Postby MFleet » Wed Sep 06, 2017 6:42 pm

Yes, the VFD does that very well and would be the better solution for this. What is the HP spec. of the motor?

Take a look at this video to give you a basic idea of how the conversion works. Just the first one that I found with a quick search.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=VeeutHA7n78
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Re: Extension Support for Horizontal Band Saw

Postby TDubs » Thu Sep 07, 2017 5:30 pm

Thanks MFleet! Since watching this vid and a couple others, I'm seriously considering a VFD. You're right, much easier to convert and control. I have a CNC mill that has a Fuji VFD on it but it's 3 phase to begin with. Unfortunately it's in a separate building and running off of a rotary.

My Wellsaw Model 8 currently has a 3/4 HP 230 volt 3PH motor on it. I also have a 1HP and a 2HP 3PH motors in the storage building. Wellsaw currently sells this model as their #1016 with a 2HP motor. With a VFD and single sheave pulleys, I should be able to get some good performance no matter which motor I go with. Right now I'm leaning towards keeping the 3/4 HP on it and seeing how well it does with a VFD. I can always swap out a motor as they're all the same frame size.

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Re: Extension Support for Horizontal Band Saw

Postby MFleet » Thu Sep 07, 2017 11:50 pm

You're most welcome. You have the idea and maybe it is a good decision to have just one that accommodates the largest motor that you have. A VFD is well suited to manual machines that can take advantage of variable cut speeds.

CNC equipment is a different requirement. Some of it is tolerant of a rotary and some not. If you plan on running reliably, look into the "phase perfect".

I'm somewhat envious of your location when I'm looking into good machinery.

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Re: Extension Support for Horizontal Band Saw

Postby TDubs » Fri Sep 08, 2017 11:46 am

Yeah, we're pretty lucky with the selection of good used gear up here.

Hope that your weathering the floods and staying dry!

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Re: Extension Support for Horizontal Band Saw

Postby shady » Fri Sep 08, 2017 10:37 pm

Might have missed part of this BUT - I'd bet there is always more than one way.

Jack your saw up and put blocks (or what ever) under it use your rollers for support. I love my saw at a raised height.
I believe once you see how much more comfortable and productive you become you will find some way to make that height permanent.

Don't like it --- kick the blocks and bend your back.

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Re: Extension Support for Horizontal Band Saw

Postby Coolidge » Fri Sep 15, 2017 8:19 pm

I'd buy these and cut them down. I own a pair of these for my zip miter band saw, inexpensive for what you get, super easy to adjust the height on these and heavy duty. My local industrial supply had them in stock no shipping.

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