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Offline rvieceli

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Excitement in the shop today
« on: June 16, 2021, 07:59 PM »
Lots of excitement in the shop today. Needed to move this 1974 Powermatic 20 inch bandsaw over about 18 inches.



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Let’s just say I had the opportunity to vacuum out a few nooks and crannies only accessible from the very bottom of the saw while I waited for my son to come over and help me get it upright again.  [scared]  [eek]

Put a dent in the bottom door and took me about an hour to get it dialed back in again.

 Managed to miss everything else on its way down. Fortunately it went down away from me. I usually pop it up on blocks , slide some 3:4 pipe underneath and roll it over. I had it lowered on the pipe but missed a block. That block was on the lighter side and when I popped it up to get it out far side rolled on the pipe and over she went.

Didn’t go completely down, back got caught  on a piece of I beam and front on the table corner.

I stabilized it with a ratchet strap and one of the eye bolts lagged in the ceiling. My son and I managed to flip it back up in three lifts and then scoot it where it needed to go. Thing weighs about 750 pounds.


As the sarge used to say on Hill Street Blues. “ be careful out there”

Ron

« Last Edit: June 16, 2021, 08:03 PM by rvieceli »

Offline Cheese

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Re: Excitement in the shop today
« Reply #1 on: June 16, 2021, 09:15 PM »
Nice bandsaw Ron... [cool]...for some strange reason I have an infatuation with bandsaws and drill presses. I really don't understand why, but I just chalk it up to a sickness of sorts. There's something that just trips my trigger with those 2 machine tools in particular.

Glad you bobbed & weaved effectively and REALLY glad the Powermatic came out relatively unscathed.

This is a good lesson for everyone to respect the weight of some of these machines and realize that once they start to go over/down there's really no saving them by yourself. 10-15 years ago I would have tried to one-arm the machine back into position, now I'd just try to break its fall...that's the best I can do.

Reminds me of a thread that Bob authored recently where he purchased a Nova drill press and went through the rigging process to attach the drill head to the stand. That was some great advice.

Offline squall_line

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Re: Excitement in the shop today
« Reply #2 on: June 16, 2021, 10:02 PM »
Reminds me of when I taught motorcycle safety classes; once the bike is over far enough, just get away from it, because it'll take you down with it if you're lucky and it'll trap you if you're not.

I went for a tumble once when I was moving a bunch of motorcycles at a dealership for an open house.  Put my foot on a center stand lever to stand the bike up and my shoe was wet from the morning dew on the grass.  Foot slipped off, the bike wasn't level to start with, and it started falling away from me.  Sent me out through the grass and into the street like a trebuchet.

Second picture in the OP didn't show, but I can only imagine how nervous it would have made me to see the picture.  [eek]

Glad you're okay!

Online Dr. P. Venkman

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Re: Excitement in the shop today
« Reply #3 on: June 16, 2021, 11:11 PM »
Reminds me of when I taught motorcycle safety classes; once the bike is over far enough, just get away from it, because it'll take you down with it if you're lucky and it'll trap you if you're not.

Forever ago, when I was a teenager, my uncle taught me how to ride a little bit on his ‘72 Super Glide, and he said basically the same thing. He saw my beginner self wobble a little bit on a stop and said something to the effect of “Not that I want my bike to fall over, but it weighs like 700 pounds, and if you lose it, you’re not going to stop it - you’re only going to get hurt. The only positive thing you can do at that point is make sure you’re not under it - just get out of there and let it fall.”

Online Peter_C

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Re: Excitement in the shop today
« Reply #4 on: June 17, 2021, 12:59 AM »
What the heck is that tabed metal beam setup for? Which Powermatic model is that? I have been wavering between an 87 or the lighter and smaller foot print of the Walker Turner. I do like Powermatic equipment though.

Offline rvieceli

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Re: Excitement in the shop today
« Reply #5 on: June 17, 2021, 05:37 AM »
@Peter_C that's a base for a shelf. It was a commission for good client of mine and I liked the design I came up with so I made two bases. I just haven't found the right piece of wood for it yet.

https://www.festoolownersgroup.com/member-projects/salvaged-steel-and-walnut-display-shelf/

This bandsaw is an 81. Basically the same as an 87. Speed wise the 81 is set for wood and the 87 for metal. I like it, plus it fits in my shop.  [big grin] I picked it at an industrial auction. was about 3 hours from home.

There are only 4 bearings, two on each wheel. 206 fafnirs and are readily available. As I recall it has a 2 HP three Phase motor and I'm running it off a Variable Frequency Drive.

Ron
« Last Edit: June 17, 2021, 06:02 AM by rvieceli »