I am finally getting around to making a bandsaw, floor model vertical type mainly for cutting metals, and occasional light woodworking when I need to cut out patterns or plastics.
Frame is going to be made of 4" x 4" x 3/8" thick walled square tube, since that is what I already have on hand in sufficient quanity. I have two (possibly 3) but I intend to make it a 2 wheel type, wheels made from steel and also cast iron, really heavy duty approximately16" in diameter and 1" wide. Hopefully it will have a throat of at least 15" and a cutting height of 8 to 10 inches and a tilting table. I plan on using a piece of 1/2" plate for the table.
What is the thought of driving this bandsaw with a DC motor of 2hp and using a DART regulated totally variable speed control on it to adjust the speeds. I plan on adding a jackshaft or pulley off the bottom drive wheels shaft to the motor and use a timing type or serpentine type belt to connect it
Should it have enough butt to work with this 2 hp DC motor and a good controller or should I opt for AC motor and gear reduction by way of pulleys and jackshaft or gearbox. I really prefert o use up some of these DC motors I have.
Open for any and all suggestions
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