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26" Crescent Bandsaw
Date of Manufacturer:
Pat. Jan 3rd, 1905
10/26/2011 6:00:20 PM
Im new to this website and just found what i think to be a great buy. Im 23 years old and own/ operate my own urban timber salvage company - www.VancouverUrbanTimberworks.com -
Since i started wood working in grade 8 i was fascinated with the strength and quality of old machinery...cast iron/ all steel and large seemed only right. When i started my company i always kept my eyes open for them. My pops was a boat builder then went into building custom homes in Vancouver BC...so i have been submersed in carpentry and the timber industry for a long time and seem some really cool old tools in boat building shops around Vancouver. We do lots of re~saw~milling, Alaskan~milling and beam~saw work in my new shop.
I regularly check craigslist's tool section and last week something popped up which caught my eye. The add said - 26" Crescent Bandsaw built in 1910. $500 OBO. The seller just couldn't email me back fast enough but i finally got to go take a first glance a few days later. Far Back in the corner of his newly purchased shop/ house sat the sawdust covered green machine. From first glance it had a lot of the original parts, a 240V General motor and a home built cover. He plugged it in and it started no problem. Before i could even say anything he dropped the price to $300 and said the last owner who built the house left it there and never returned to pick it up....so he wanted it gone. I paid the $300 up front and hiab'd it onto the back of my truck.
I have never done a restoration of an old machine, but am very excited to take it apart, grind it down and repaint it. I would love some input from ppl who have had experience re building old bandsaw and also tips before even taking it apart. I have a few questions below.
1) what kind of bearing's are in it and how to tell if they need to be replaced?
2) what sort of grinding disks work best to remove old paint?
3) I want to do re~sawing so should i replace the 240V for three faze for more power?
Here is the original condition as picked up.
As is sits in my new shop.
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