I used 40:1 worm drive gear box from E-bay. It originally had a home made hydraulic cylinder but I opted for a store bought with a longer stroke. And other than the motor the rest is all home made. A close up of some of my welding might convince you.
Acme threads for the vice and counter balance as well as the wheels etc. were turned on my old South Bend 9.
The wheel diameters without the tires were limited to 9" diameters because of the lathe. The rubber tires were made from 1/4" X 3/4" tarp straps glued with vulcanizing rubber and trued with a "Dremel" rotary tool. The finished wheel diameters are 9 1/2".
There were some bends made with a small hydraulic press I have in my little shop.
The hydraulic controls were mounted up front for accessibility with a separate accumulator.
All material except the gearbox and 3/4" Starrett bi-metal blade were purchased locally.
I am pleased with the saw as it very accurate and easy to use. Having said that, in hind sight there are a few details I might have done differently but certainly don't feel are worth changing now that it's done.
Last edited by glens5; 02-27-2014 at 06:13 PM.
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