View Full Version : I just bought a little bandsaw it was previously a butchers saw.

Alistair Hosie
10-04-2014, 02:26 PM
Yes I got a bandsaw a few months back from a guy retiring from engineering .He had bought it but never used it,as he was keeping it for a moment when he had some free time.That moment never came and he sold it to me.I completely cleaned it and dissinfected it before buying four new metal cutting blades from Hamilton edge tools the are set up in Blackwood in south wales and they have been very good to me over the years.
It runs with a direct drive no pulleys ,and it seems to cut well,however it came completely without bearing guides.I intend to make a set of these myself with a little help from above.LOL.
It has a long spindle coming down from behind the blade which is obviously to take the bearing guides but it's just a bare spindle at the moment.
Has anyone ever done this before and could they give me any tips.
It will be a good project for me I think. Actually it runs and cuts quite well without the guides but needless to say I think it would be better with them I will show you my efforts as I progress.I don't quite undestand it but it is not large but incredibly heavy it takes two strong men to manhandle it.This is surprising considering it's small size.Have fun and please let me know your feelings and thoughts on this and if you have done this before please advise me. I know it's not rocket science and if I take my time it might actually as said be enjoyable to do.Alistair

10-04-2014, 02:34 PM
There are a number of after-market vendors who make bearing guides for various band saws that were originally equipped with guide blocks. Might be worth a search to see if a direct or modifiable part exists.

10-04-2014, 03:18 PM
Still is a butchers saw:p now a metal butcher. Sorry I just could not resist & yes it takes one to know one!

Alistair Hosie
10-04-2014, 04:15 PM
Wow sounds like a horror movie the Scottish butchers saw massacre.LOL Alistair

10-04-2014, 04:31 PM
Look for cam followers or cam rollers, I don't know if you have access to Misumi in that part of the world, but even if you can get the hard copy of the catalogue, it is worth it just for a reference.

10-04-2014, 06:26 PM
Lee Valley Tools has them - I am sure there are other suppliers. http://www.leevalley.com/en/wood/page.aspx?p=56056&cat=1,41036,56060,56056

My 14" bandsaw, originally for wood but now for metal as well, has little adjustable blocks for guides. The generic 4X6 horizontals use ball bearings so the one listed above should be ok.


10-06-2014, 04:50 PM
Try to inquire with aftermarket band saw parts suppliers.

10-06-2014, 05:09 PM
Carter bansaw guides


10-06-2014, 06:33 PM
Alistair, These are pics of my band saw guide bar. it originally had a block that held square metal guides and I replaced them with what you see in the second pic. I made the adjusters from some hex stock I had, I turned them to fit the bearing ID snugly and drilled the hole for the bolts offset to allow for a small bit of adjustment. You should be able to get some ideas from them.

http://i913.photobucket.com/albums/ac334/bstupak/guide1_zps62a0e14f.jpg (http://s913.photobucket.com/user/bstupak/media/guide1_zps62a0e14f.jpg.html)

http://i913.photobucket.com/albums/ac334/bstupak/guide2_zps3ad786fa.jpg (http://s913.photobucket.com/user/bstupak/media/guide2_zps3ad786fa.jpg.html)

Do you know what the speed of the saw is? You might need to slow it down for cutting metal.


Paul Alciatore
10-07-2014, 03:41 AM
No pictures, NO Gloat!

We want pictures.

Where's the pictures?

10-08-2014, 03:51 PM
Look on the carter's site. And Paul is right, we need pics.

10-08-2014, 11:11 PM
most butchers saws are way too fast for cutting metal, except maybe aluminum. you gotta slow em way down, with bigger pulleys, or a jackshaft.