Finished up the latest addition to my shop

BLUE72CAMARO

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Bunker Hill, IL
So just after thanksgiving my Dad and I went to a farm consignment sale just to snoop around and see what they had. To my surprise they had an old and neglected Kalamazoo horizontal band saw setting out in a muddy corn field. I already had a decent home owner/light commercial Ridgid brand horizontal saw but decided if the price was right the old saw would come home with me even though I knew it had an issue in the driveline as the drive wheel had about 15 deg. of slop in it. After standing in the pouring down rain for a few hours they finally got to the saw and for $90 it was mine. At this price I knew I could sell parts off of it and make money if things were to bad on it. We literally had to wrap a chain around it and drag it to the road so the forklift could get on it to load it for me.

Ready for the ride home.
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And in the shop where I could start evaluating
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So after tearing into the drive line I found the drive wheel and output shaft of the gearbox was trashed and I thought things might be looking grim for the saw unsure of parts availability for an old peice of equipment is hit and miss.

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Much to my suprise this model of saw is still fully supported by clausing that bought kalamazoo and every part I needed was readily available for it. Also found out that this saw was made in 1961 according to them. So with $600 worth of parts on order it was time to start stripping and cleaning

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So after much wire wheeling, a little welding, and a lot of primer and paint things were ready to start going the other way.

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Added wheels to the base so I can move the saw as needed because weighing in at around 900lbs I would have had to use my tractor to move it and I really didnt want it setting out in the middle of my shop either.
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Finally got it back together enough to test run a couple weeks ago and actually used it a fair amount for a project for a freind of mine.
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So last night I finally got the hood and coolant tank/chip pan back mounted up. and the old girl is running as good as a new one!

Notice the floor lock I had to add to keep it in place once on casters as it was walking itself around the shop when running without it.
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ol' grouch

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Evansville, In.
Great job. A lot of the older, heavily built stuff, is a lot better than things made today. I've got a Troybilt chipper/shredder I've had for about 20 years. When the belt failed, I found that parts for it were made out of unobtainium. When the parent company went bankrupt, the company the took over didn't get the patterns or specifications for parts. I tried all sorts of belts until I found one that fit perfect.

Nothing like a 60 year old saw doing better than the new shiny stuff.
 




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