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Old 12-27-2008, 10:20 PM
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Default I'm tired of bending over.......

to use my 4x6 metal cutting bandsaw.

I have a Clark 4x6 I bought about 4-5 years ago & have never liked having to bend over to set the miter or tighten the vise on it.

Soooo, after my last little project (wheelchair ramps) I decided to build a taller stand. The original stand was the sheetmetal stand that came with it, the rear wheels would always bend out of the way. The worst was, if a person got close to it that dang sheetmetal would jump out & grab your ankle. With the obligitory laceration with sutures to close it. BTDTDWDIA

I made the legs 24" tall with casters (lockable) on the front, with 8" solid rubber wheels on the back. Now it rolls around in the garage pretty easy & I don't have to bend over so far. The other thing that I corrected with the height, I use a roller stand to support the longer steel & it was too tall even at it's lowest setting. Now I don't have that problem anymore.

Pic 1 - The saw
Pic 2 - The offending original stand
Pic 3 - The new stand
Pic 4 - Another view
Pic 5 - Last view.
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Old 12-27-2008, 10:33 PM
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Looks nice Mark!
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Old 12-27-2008, 10:35 PM
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You may hold the record for longest putting-off of replacing the sheet metal stand.
That usually is mod#3, right after cleaning out the gearbox and buying a real blade.
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Old 12-27-2008, 10:45 PM
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I'm still on the original blade. I've probably cut a couple miles of steel too.

The legs are Stainless Steel (scrap from the steel yard). They just said, if it's less than 10' it's scrap. The guys got it off the rack, put it in my truck & I went & paid a grand total of $7.00 for it & some other steel. Also scrap.

After 4 sutures in my ankle when I dug the saw out of the storage shed (the expense of the wheelchair ramps - I couldn't reach it to super glue it), I decided to fix it. Now it rolls in/out of the garage & shed.

May have to rub some of the "patina" off of it though.

Gonna replace the gear oil though. That little 500 watt motor wouldn't run the saw in 50 degree weather outside today. Had to hand start the saw, then it pulled it fine. Worked fine after I brought it in the garage & it warmed up.
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Old 12-27-2008, 11:18 PM
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After 4 sutures in my ankle when I dug the saw out of the storage shed (the expense of the wheelchair ramps - I couldn't reach it to super glue it)
When you're in the shop you've got to forget all that medical stuff, a shop rag and some duct tape will usually fix all shop related injuries.

Nice stand, I'm sure your lower back will thank you
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Old 12-27-2008, 11:33 PM
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looks good Mark
a solid stand makes all the difference in the world for the 4x6 saws, you will notice a big difference.
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Old 12-27-2008, 11:55 PM
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Tomorrow's project...........

Rebuild the pully cover. Last fall it tipped over backwards & wrecked the pully cover. It's just held on with one screw & isn't very safe.

Maybe if it warms up, I'll toss on a drop or two of paint?
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I haven't always been a nurse..........

Hobart Handler 175
Century AC 230 amp stick welder
Chicago Electric 165A DC TIG
Oxy/Acetylene set
Hand/Power tools
Clark 4x6 Bandsaw
Harbor Freight Tubing Roller
Craftsman 12 x 36 lathe
New to me Enco GL-30B Mill/Drill Thank you 1800Miner
Papa Lion's Gate Build

I don't do nuttin half azzed. I phawk it up completely, given half a chance.
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Old 12-28-2008, 02:01 AM
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That looks good Mark. I always like wheels on heavy eqp.
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Old 12-28-2008, 09:08 AM
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Good looking outfit Mark.

You have inspired me to do something similar for a stand for my chop saw.

Said saw became homeless after yesterdays shop shuffle resulted in the #2 propane forge resting in the saws old tool cart home.
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Old 12-28-2008, 11:23 AM
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Nice stand Mark. Is it very stable? You might want to consider some fold out legs or something in the front to help stabilize it if you have something long and heavy. Probably not something you would need most of the time but on that special occasion when you have something heavy. I added a stabilizing welding table to mine and it seems to help. It has not turned over yet!


By the way, I love the Title of "I'm tired of Bending Over". At first i thought this thread might belong in the in the Political forum. Seriously though with my bad back I build everything high to eliminate that bend over back pain I get.
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