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  • Olson Bandsaw refurbished

    I have a 1976 Olson 9 X 12 bandsaw that I refurbished and modified a few years ago. Modifications as follows:

    Rewired, added work light, outlets and brackets for cord storage.

    Added bar knob for tension adjustment.

    New belt guard.

    Added hand knobs for width adjustment and a new crank for vise adjustment.

    Added a table underneath and a removable handle (stores underneath) for moving the saw.

    Two work stops can be used front, back or inside, mount underneath, when not in use.

    Added a new lever setup for vise swivel.

    Eliminated spring setup and added hydraulic cylinder for adjustable blade feed rate.
    "Some days you're the dog, some days you're the fire hydrant"

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    Olson Bandsaw refurbished

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    "Some days you're the dog, some days you're the fire hydrant"

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      Olson Bandsaw refurbished

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      "Some days you're the dog, some days you're the fire hydrant"

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        Olson Bandsaw refurbished

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        "Some days you're the dog, some days you're the fire hydrant"

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          Olson Bandsaw refurbished

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          "Some days you're the dog, some days you're the fire hydrant"

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            Olson Bandsaw refurbished

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            "Some days you're the dog, some days you're the fire hydrant"

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              Band Saw

              Dave, if you are tired of looking at it and need the shop space, I will split the shipping cost to Houston. That ought to be much better than the imports.

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                Dave, that's a beautiful rebuild job!

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                  Nice refurb job Dave. Do you have a guess on the number of hours you put into it? It must have been a lot of work.

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                  • #10
                    Great bandsaw restoration looks better than new.
                    Like your Lathe looking good in background also.

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                      Nice work. I just picked up a Kalamazoo C7AD of about the same vintage this past Saturday. It runs good, but I will be redoing some of it like you have done. I just put casters on it last night to make it mobile.

                      It is nice to have an older machine that you know you can't kill, huh?
                      AtoZ Fabrication, Inc.
                      Miller MM210--now X2
                      Hypertherm 380
                      Miller autodark hood

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                      • #12
                        Great job Dave!

                        I wouldn't sell it, looks too good.
                        It's not an optical illusion...it just looks like one

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                          what brand of lathe in the background?

                          DAVE,
                          what brand of lathe is that in the
                          background? do you have any pics of it?
                          would like to see one. good luck with
                          your projects.
                          wlbrown

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                            Very nicely done, shes a beauty!!!!
                            ~J~

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                              Olson Bandsaw refurbished

                              Russell,

                              Olson provided me with the age of the saw, using the serial number and the name of the first purchaser. They provided the large Olson decal for the belt guard and a new model and serial number plate which they stamped with the original serial number (I sent them the old battered one). The rest of the parts and add-ons were home grown. Part of Olson's claim to fame is that there are no castings used in their products. They use only stock steel shapes that could be reproduced without too much trouble. They are located in Brule, Nebraska, SW corner.


                              Will,

                              No good guess on the hours but as I recall, it seems I had about as much time on the feed rate cylinder as I did on the rest of the project. If memory serves me, I used an old Stewart-Warner hand pump as the body. The piston is brass with "o" rings and has a "flap-type" check valve on it to allow rapid transfer of the hydraulic fluid from top to bottom when the blade is raised. It is kind of modeled off of the cylinder on an old Simpson-Sears band saw which I also own. It took awhile to get all the dimensions and mount locations just right.


                              WL Brown,

                              On the metal lathe: It was manufactured by Sheldon in about 1940. 1939 is scratched on the inside of a live center which came with it. I have hit a dead end with the serial number. It doesn't show up (skipped) in lists I've seen. I do remember that project as being about eight weeks worth of evenings and weekends, took...it....all........apart. See attached photos.

                              Dave
                              "Some days you're the dog, some days you're the fire hydrant"

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