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Home-Built Band Saw, Powered Hacksaw
"Works as good as any new band saw and cost almost nothing to build," says C.W. Wiseley, Winfield, Kan., who used a pair of old auto flywheels and an 80-in. long Sears band saw blade to make his own band saw.
The band saw blade fits around both fly-wheels, which are mounted on an angle iron frame. A 1/4 hp electric motor belt-drives the bottom flywheel which in turn belt-drives the top flywheel. The top fly-wheel is mounted on a radiator fan shaft salvaged from an antique tractor. The bottom flywheel is mounted on a water pump shaft off an old Ford car. Wiseley tightens the blade by turning a crank that raises the top flywheel (the crank was used to tighten the radiator fan belt on the tractor).
He cut a narrow strip of inner tube and glued it onto both flywheels to keep the blade from contacting the metal.
Wiseley also built his own powered hack-saw. It mounts on an angle iron frame and is belt-driven by a 1/4 hp electric motor. An eccentrically-mounted steel rod attached to a pulley drives a frame that holds a standard hacksaw blade. As the pulley turns, the rod pushes the blade back and forth across the object to be cut, which is held in place by a vice.
A coil spring off an old car maintains downpressure on the steel bar.
Contact: FARM SHOW Followup, C.W. Wiseley, Rt. 2, Box 190, Winfield, Kan, 67156 (ph 316 221-4746).

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1993 - Volume #17, Issue #5