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Author Topic: 32" Crescent "C" frame bandsaw wheels for mill?  (Read 1275 times)

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Re: 32" Crescent "C" frame bandsaw wheels for mill?
« Reply #20 on: November 25, 2019, 10:33:56 AM »
About that move...





I forgot about the dust collector... included with the deal, sitting in front of the saw.  RotoClone Type D.  Haven't really begun researching it yet but if it works (and it should) it defrays the cost of the saw, since I can use it somewhere in my shop.

That top strap on the saw is mostly cosmetic, just hanging on the guard.  Had an extra strap so figured why not.  it rode OK with the straps crossed over the table, but if I was doing it again I'd break it down enough to get good access to the saw frame itself.

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Re: 32" Crescent "C" frame bandsaw wheels for mill?
« Reply #21 on: November 25, 2019, 02:17:20 PM »
Larger diameter wheels are used to reduce blade flexing. I paid just under $900 for my 26 wheels from cooks and i too am building from cremonas plans. 
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Re: 32" Crescent "C" frame bandsaw wheels for mill?
« Reply #22 on: November 25, 2019, 04:18:25 PM »
Restoring one of these bad boys would be a hoot.  She's breaking down nicely:



 

Restoring one of these would be a dream.  Every original nut and bolt I've removed just eased right out.  No trouble anywhere; I'm so used to having to compensate for cheaply manufactured crap that it brings a little grin every time I put a wrench on a square nut that hasn't budged in a hundred years and it just gives a crisp little 'snip' and glides right out.

They really don't make 'em like they used to.  This thing is a jewel of American craftsmanship.

Found her pedigree:



 

No serial number yet though.

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Re: 32" Crescent "C" frame bandsaw wheels for mill?
« Reply #23 on: November 27, 2019, 11:31:51 AM »
I think I'm gonna keep it.

The theory that this saw began life as a Universal Woodworker component (pedestal base) led me to Shane Whitlock's magnificent restoration of one of those machines.  As I'm breaking it down and everything's basically perfect - to be honest it probably doesn't really even need paint, just some cleaning and touch-up - it's been getting harder and harder for me to picture her curvaceous iron carcass sitting on a pallet in the corner of the property with a couple tarps slung over to fend off the worst of the weather.

I need a new resaw in the shop, anyway.  Yup.  Sure I do.  Anybody wanna buy a sweet little Delta 14" set up with a riser block and a 3/4" Timberwolf?  smiley happysmiley  (kidding...  I love that saw).

These saws seem to come up for sale frequently enough at around the $500 point that I can just keep my eyes open and maybe pick up another one in lesser condition that wouldn't be such a tragedy to sacrifice.  And I've got plenty of other stuff I can work on with the mill before I have to decide on the exact wheel config anyway.

There's also that Roto-Clone dust collector next to the saw on the trailer in one of the pics above.  While information on them is proving to be pretty elusive (and on this exact model, apparently nonexistent), it's an interesting piece of equipment and might be a neat thing to restore alongside the saw.

Now I gotta figure out how to get the dang thing into the shop and where to put it.

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Re: 32" Crescent "C" frame bandsaw wheels for mill?
« Reply #24 on: November 27, 2019, 11:53:20 AM »
When you started describing how good of condition it was in, I was cringing at the thought of it being sacrificed.  :'( Then I saw that you changed your mind and my spirits were immediately lifted! 8)  Karma will reward you with another, more appropriate, candidate soon!
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