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    Improvements to 4x6 Horizontal Band Saw

    I made a couple of improvements to my aging 4x6 import band saw. I got tired of cranking on the vise handle, and welded a 1/2" drive socket to the hub. I can still crank it, but my impact driver will open or close it in seconds.

    Second, I made a new vise out of angle iron, and installed a lead screw pirated from an old valve spring compressor. The lead screw can be adjusted to help clamp short stock that would not ordinarily be held securely in the vise.

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    What is the device in the fourth picture in your post?

    If you're searching for another bandsaw improvement project, consider making one of these...

    Cutting short stock in the bandsaw

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    That was a valve spring compressor. I hate to see that cut up...

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    Quote Originally Posted by IntheGroove View Post
    That was a valve spring compressor. I hate to see that cut up...
    You really don't need anything fancy for that application. I used ordinary allthread for mine and it's been working fine for many years.
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    Thanks tmate3! We've added your Horizontal Bandsaw Modification to our Bandsaws category,
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    If anyone near Portland, Oregon, wants a valve spring compressor for the price of shipping, message me.



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