Bandsaw Question

I have acquired a small tabletop bandsaw , and was wondering if it might be
suitable for cutting metal - with a proper blade . I calculate the blade
speed to be around 2700 ft per minute , and there is no way to slow it any
as it drives straight off the motor shaft .
Probable uses would be bar stock 1" or less , and sheet metal 1/8" thick
(~3 mm) or less .
Reply to
Snag
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Aluminum will work OK but a bit slower would be better. Wear goggles, lots of HOT flying particles. No steel or brass.
Snag wrote:
Reply to
RoyJ
With a good blade, it should do aluminium OK, but slowly if the motor is small. Steel is totally out of the question at that speed.
What's the size, make and model, and the motor power?
Joe Gwinn
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Joseph Gwinn
I was kinda expecting the responses I got . Too fast and too weak . It's a Delta 28-160 10" and the motor tag sez it's 1/5 hp . Looks like this one will be reserved for plastics and wood . I got it for like 5 bucks from a kid who worked at a cabinet shop with me . Spent 12 bucks for tires , and a decent blade should run around 10 or 12 , so I'm not too deep into it . Not that I want to do woodwork at home after a full day of it ... Metalworking relaxes me , unlike my friend Bill the machinist . He does woodworking for fun .
Reply to
Snag
I use a small Delta every day to cut brass, german silver and steel. It ran too fast when I started this job, I thought. What I did was slow it down. I took a piece of al. I bored a hole . Next I made a shaft with a step pulley on it and pressed the shaft into the bored hole. At the other end of the al I put another bored hole with an old bearing in it with another shaft. I milled a flat on the end sticking out and drilled a couple of holes at this end and mounted to the frame of machine. got a coupple belts and I had slowed down the thing by about 50%. This was just a guess as to the right speed by me but the amount of blades the company used on this machine went down from about $1000/yr to 200/yr. The cost was two v belts, old bearing, two bolts and some al that was laying around. When were doing steel and I don't do much on this i,m only cutting .060 thick at the max. I was planning on doing something similar with two of my step pulley al. pieces to slow down another bandsaw for doing greater dia steel but never hae time but its the same principle
Reply to
Dr. Butter
Did you miss the part where I said the drive wheel is on the motor shaft ?
Reply to
Snag
For a motor that small an electronic variable speed control might not be too expensive.
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Reply to
Mike Berger
The cost reduction sounds good. What size & make & model blades are you using?
Hul
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