Central Machinery Horizontal Bandsaw – It Cuts and Slices Metal
I picked up a Central Machinery hydraulic feed horizontal bandsaw when I realized that cutting metal stock by hand was just not going to cut it. It required a little work to get it into proper working condition.
The previous owner thought it would be a good idea to fill the cutting liquid tank with motor oil. Cleaning it up was a very messy ordeal. I replaced the oil with the water based SynKool synthetic cutting liquid.
Then it didn’t cut straight, even after aligning the blade.
I replaced the blade with a 6 tpi blade based on the Machinery’s Handbook. It was the Lennox brand and the new blade seemed to solve the problem. The bandsaw slices though metal like a hot knife in butter. I was a little concerned the 6 tpi blade would be too coarse of a blade, but that sizing was perfect in combination with the hydraulic feed, giving nice and smooth cuts.