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post #1 of 13 (permalink) Old 09-09-2016, 11:48 AM Thread Starter
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Here a picture of my newest family member. I found the bandsaw on craigslist. It is a 1994 S45 Minimax bandsaw. They call it 18 inch bandsaw. I am told it is the light version which they have made for over 30 years.
When I bought it the cast iron table was covered in rust but no pits. I cleaned it up. The bearing seemed fine I did not take it apart. There was no fence so I bought a Kreg bandsaw fence. The Kreg fence is made for a 14 inch bandsaw so the actual fence was too short for my table. Kreg sells fence extensions which I bought a 24 inch version.
I sold my Rikon 14 inch bandsaw for the same money I paid for the S45 band saw. It turned out to be an even trade except I had to buy the Kreg fence.
The S45 motor is only 220 volt so I had to rig up a system to run it. I standardized on a twist lock 30 amp plug for both the S45 bandsaw and my Unisaw. I built an extension cord which will plug into either.
I have not done much cutting yet but the little bit sure is smooth.

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The miter slot still has rust which I plan to cleanup. I need some silly putty to put on the ends to make a dam so I can fill with vinegar which seems to remove rust real well.
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Great Find!

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Looks like a nice machine

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Wow and that the light version . Looks heavy duty to me

I don’t always insulate , but when I do .
Ok ,I never insulate
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nice find... very nice...

take off the loose heavy rust w/ a wire brush...
paint on a mix of ATF and acetone.. (1:1)... scrub with a scrubbie pad..
no dams requires...
fast and easy...

This would have been the week that I'd have finished chewing thru the restraints...
If only new layers hadn't been added....

Stick....
Forget the primal scream, just ROAR!!!
"SNORK Mountain Congressional Library and Taxidermy”
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You know stick I have had a hard time getting the top back in shape. I started with WD40 soaking it. I then mounted a scotch brite pad on a quarter sheet Makita electric sander. I sanded the top every so often spraying WD40 to keep it wet. I ended up with marbled black on the top. I was going to try Naval jelly but I was out. My wife had some extra strength vinegar which I tried and it seemed to remove the rust well if you keep it wet and not let it dry out. During this whole process I was not able to work in the miter slot so it only partly cleaned. After finishing I thought if I could soak the miter slot most the of the rust would come off. So this is where I am now.
Stick I will try the ATF and acetone. I have both. I cannot get in there to scrub it so it will to come off on it own. I can try to run the scotch brite pad in there but I have not been able to do a good job hence the rust is still there.

I have included a picture of the table marbled after sanding with scotch brite on sander and before the vinegar. The second picture is after the vinegar with no sanding.
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40 was a waste...
cut a stick, say, some where's from 7/16 ~ 9/16'' thick by a couple of inches wide to use as a handle to move the scrubbie pad in the slot after you wrap the edge of ''handle'' w/ the scrubbie...

This would have been the week that I'd have finished chewing thru the restraints...
If only new layers hadn't been added....

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Forget the primal scream, just ROAR!!!
"SNORK Mountain Congressional Library and Taxidermy”
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Very nice family addition.

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Nice looking saw.
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Lee that is a great band saw I am jealous big time. Cut a stick (Not the Stick but a stick) and glue sand paper to it then rub like **** using Kano Kroil penetrating oil. There is no better penetrating oil period. I use the spray and it will last a long time. I have used it on guns for years.

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Measure once cut twice and it's still to short.
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