Alan's Bandsaw Repair/Modification

Having a Bridgewood Mill makes these jobs easier.

SHOP OWNER: Alan Young
LOCATION: Ypsilanti, MI

    The cast blade guide on my Grizzly bandsaw cracked at the point of the tension bolt. I could have ordered a new one, but since I have a Bridgeport Mill with a 49" bed and three-axis Acu-Rite DRO at work, I decided to make my own. Brideport Milling Machine

  Alan's Bandsaw Repair/Modification

    I started with a 5" x 2" x2" block of solid 6061 Extruded Aluminum. I drilled the large through holes first. The largest hole is 7/8", which allows the block to mount to a vertical post on the saw. Next, I drilled a horizontal hole for the blade tensioner, and a squared hole for the blade guide.
Alan's Bandsaw Repair/Modification

    After the long through holes were drilled/milled, I simply milled each surface down to appropriate size. The last step was to drill and tap the holes for the screws.
Alan's Bandsaw Repair/Modification

    Here are some shots of the new blade guide installed.

Alan's Bandsaw Repair/Modification
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    My Grizzly combination 24"belt and 12" disk sander came with the switch mounted on the right side of the disk and the backside of the belt. I always felt this was awkward and unsafe to reach, especially from the belt side. Alan's Sanding Center Repair/Modification


  Alan's Sanding Center Repair/Modification

    This photo shows the original location for the switch. I removed the mounting plate, which bolted over the open space of the green base.
Alan's Sanding Center Repair/Modification

    I made a new mounting box for the switch from a plate of aluminum, and some acrylic and polycarbonate.
Alan's Sanding Center Repair/Modification

    I mounted the box and switch, which I rewired, on the other side of the machine. However, I located the box on the leg assembly rather than the base of the machine, as was the case of the original.
Alan's Sanding Center Repair/Modification

    The polycarbonate/acrylic housing protects the switch from dust and debris accumulation. More importantly, I can now easily reach down and switch the machine on and off from either working position without having to reach over or across a moving part.

. . . Alan Young



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