Dustin Stephens
So I have a line on an old craftsman band saw set up for wood, 1/4 hp. My question is could I put a 1 1/2 hp 1750 rpm motor on it with a larger pulley to slow it down enough to cut metal with it? The motor is on the stand, not built into the saw itself so a swap would be real easy, just dont know it I can slow it down enough or if it would even hold up
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jmccustomknives
If you can slow it down, that original motor should push it.  You just need to get the right blade.  I think the big motor is probably overkill.

Rule #10;  "I can make that" translates to; "I'm to cheap to buy it new."

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Dustin Stephens
Nice James, wonder what size pulleys I would need to get to get it down to 100sfpm
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jmccustomknives
It's just simple math. But as you may know, 3 out of 4 rednecks like me have trouble with math.

Rule #10;  "I can make that" translates to; "I'm to cheap to buy it new."

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mtforge
I took a harbor freight wood cutting band saw and put a motor with a gear reducer on it. Works great. I use saw blades from McMaster-Carr  http://www.mcmaster.com/#catalog/122/2386/=11r5mfh
They are expensive but outlast others so it's cheaper for me in the long run.
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