15th Jun 2018, 12:52 PM #1
Paulco 12" Bandsaw restoration (Paulcall)
In my recent Wanted thread ( Bandsaw (something cheap 'n dirty) ) I described my acquisition of a 1940s/50s 12" Paulco Bandsaw. Here I'll briefly outline my quick restoration.
Firstly, Paulco was a brand name used by Paul's Pty Ltd hardware merchants in Sydney and Australia wide. This bandsaw is identical to Paul's other more well-known machinery brand name Paulcall. (Both brands were registered in 1948. ) The only difference between my Paulco 12" and Paulcall 12" bandsaws appears to be the blade guides (however mine may just be non-original guides as the 1950 Paulco advertising illustration posted below has the same elongated styled Paulcall guides) .
And later Paulcall's have solid aluminium wheels.
I suspect the Paulcall branded 12" bandsaw is slightly later in production. I even found under the battleship grey repaint the same blue-green (turquoise?) paint colour.
NCArcher's thread ( Paulcall Bandsaw ) about his 12" Paulcall has been very illustrative and helpful in comparing the two Paul's branded bandsaws.
Cleaning and wire wheeling the guides and parts was fiddly but without dramas. As was the tilting table which seemed to have endless rust in its surface.
I don't usually repaint tools/machinery but this time it just seemed appropriate. Dulux Metalshield Enamel Epoxy. Not any better than the Whiteknight Rustguard Enamel Epoxy. Hopeless quality really but it'll just have to do I suppose.
It also required new urethane tyres from Sulphur Grove c/o Woodworking Tools Australia - The Woodkid (great service! )
The upper wheel had been replaced somewhere down the line and was acceptable but the lower wheel tyre was very cracked and quite distorted from sitting under tension.
I considered replacing the ball bearings but really they are fine with just cleaning and regreasing.
The single phase 1/2hp Hoover motor I might switch out if it can't handle the harder timbers. It only required a clean out and I have enclosed it and its new wiring and switch in a simple box.
The rough steel and hardwood stand was easily repainted, sanded and oiled and polyed and given new feet.
The door cover required a few dents removed and got treated to no less than a primer, two coats of enamel then after a change of heart, light sanding and another two coats of paint. I think I've spent almost the bloidy price of the machine on paint!
Finally it is finished and I can just finish enclosing the pulleys and get on with using it!
It cuts very true and has pretty of grunt. Gidgee is a heavy slog but a new blade will help I think before I consider more HP.
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15th Jun 2018, 01:13 PM #2
15th Jun 2018, 01:42 PM #3Senior Member
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Very nice restoration Vaughan !
I know what you mean when you talk about spending more on paint than on the machine itself. That has happened to me on quite a few machine restorations.
Where did you purchase the urethane tyres? Why do you say the Metalshield paint was hopeless?
15th Jun 2018, 01:56 PM #4
The urethane tyres are made by the US company Sulphur Grove Tools and sold locally by The Woodkid
I can definitely recommend them - good price, fast service.
After being disappointed by the Bunnings Whiteknight Rustguard Epoxy Enamel range (poor consistency, very poor drying times, inaccurate recoating advice) on previous projects, I was really hoping that a two part (primer & 2x topcoat) Dulux epoxy enamel option would be far superior and worth the extra time, energy and money but the exact same problems reared their heads.
Next time I will just use the Rustguard if only for convenience sake. Although I suspect I'm asking too much from a consumer spray paint.
15th Jun 2018, 02:17 PM #5Senior Member
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Thanks for the link to the tyres.
So you're using spray cans?
I've used the Whiteknight epoxy enamels, either thinned and brushed on, or sprayed through a HVLP gun, and had great success. You do need to allow very generous drying times and re-coat times, especially in winter.
15th Jun 2018, 06:17 PM #6
Sorry about the poor filming (I really should know better!)
15th Jun 2018, 08:48 PM #7Senior Member
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I have a Paul Call bandsaw that was my fathers. Great to see your restoration. He bought it second hand in the 60s.
I used Carter urethane tyres purchased from Gregory Machinery in Brisbane.
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