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    Bandsaw Gear Reduction Method

    I decided to add a gear reduction to my wood cutting band saw so I could cut metal. First I modified a auger transmission from a Honda snowblower. 11:1 reduction.
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    Then I added a treadmill motor and speed control.
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    Now I can control the blade speed for wood or steel with no loss of power...

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    I did a similar setup on my bandsaw but I was lucky and stumbled on a DC motor mounted to a worm drive gearbox that was destined for the trash. Turned out it needed only new brushes for the motor. The DC motor with a controller does great speed control.

    Repurposing a snowblower auger gearbox is very clever. From the look of it, that looks to be a pretty nicely constructed gearbox, not surprising coming off of a Honda snowblower. Nice clean setup you made there, thanks for posting.

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    Thanks IntheGroove! We've added your Bandsaw Gear Reduction to our Bandsaws category,
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