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Home-Built Chop Saw
Larry Miller, Spencer, Wis.: "I bought a Delta 14-in. chop saw which lasted less than 2 years before the motor burned out. I then rebuilt the saw at about 3/4 the cost of new only to have it burn out again 2 years later. At that point I decided to build my own. I built a frame and had a machine shop make a 1 1/4-in. arbor shaft for me. I had the bearings, 3 hp. motor, and switch. I used the vise and blade holder from the old chop saw. It's well-balanced and with plenty of power to cut through 1/2 by 3-in. steel bar faster lying flat than the old saw did with metal lying on edge. I use standard blades. No problems at all after 3 years. It runs at 3250 rpm's. The drive pulley is 6 5/8 in. dia. The driven pulley is 3 1/2 in. dia."

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2000 - Volume #24, Issue #2