- Feb 7, 2013
First a little history on the metal cutting band saw. It was made with wheels made from thick
pipe and the centers welded in and machined, each wheel with three spokes. The motor
came from an old clothes dryer and is 1/3 hp. It has a belt driven reduction followed by a
chain driven reduction. The vise is operated with a long threaded rod underneath the table.
The saw uses a standard ten foot metal cutting blade.
Today I did some work on the saw. The wheel surfaces were widened to accommodate a one
inch wide blade. Also added was a table to allow use as a vertical saw and freehand operation.
Also the switch had to be moved as it was ungainly to reach over the moving blade to shut it off.
It has cut a lot of metal over the years. The largest stuff I have cut with it is 5 inch round material.
Usually it is used for angle iron, pipes, and solid rod material for lathe work.
It could use some cleaning and a coat of paint, a job for another day.