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    Default L.S. Barker Bandsaw Restoration

    The was fortunate and blessed to be given a L.S. Barker Bandsaw which I picked up this weekend. It was standing outside in the rain when I picked it up at a custom joinery mob and was only too happy to give it some love and give it some well deserved blood sweat and tears. Am excited to start to restore this saw to say the least, to date the only machine I've restored is an old Dyco 12" Table Saw which I have just listed for sale to make some room.

    Unfortunately I didn't get any pictures but basically it was covered with a custom made wooden protective cover around the wheels and blade. I took it to pieces and revealed the beauty. That classic C-frame ... can't beat it!

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    The previous owner mentioned he was quoted a four figure sum for the bearings to be re-done... OUCH - Not 100% if the lower bearings actually needs to be re-done BUT there is some forwards and backwards play. Is there a washer of some sort that I need to put in place? What stops the wheel shaft from moving from side to side?





    I took the top wheel off with the mounting assembly. Not sure how this comes apart? Where that grease collar as it turns freely. Should I be able to undo the hand screw? I can't for the life of me turn that inner serrated collar.

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    Nice find, always loved the style of the LS Barker machines. Never pulled apart an assembly like the one in your last picture but I'd give it a quick degrease and clean to make sure there aren't any pins hiding that could be tapped out. I've even found grub screws I swore didn't exist prior to cleaning [emoji23]

    Should be a beauty once restored, I will be following along with interest. My first restoration was a Woodfast bandsaw so I have quite an attachment to the old ones now.

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    I'll also be following with interest.

    I would guess that the collar on the end, or the wheel itself, can be moved on the shaft and then locked into place to eliminate that end play. Failing that, a washer as you suggest. A brass/bronze washer would be really nice.

    Looking at the three bandsaws in your first picture, I'd say you've been badly bitten by the old iron bug .

    Cheers, Vann.
    Gatherer of rusty planes tools...
    Proud member of the Wadkin Blockhead Club .

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    The previous owner and the four figure repair bill is something to forget . You can do it yourself if it needed doing . I’ve never done a Babbitt pour but it doesn’t look very hard . I’ve shaved and re fitted an old Babbitt bearing and it worked good after 30 years sitting in the weather . Their a simple strong good quality bearing . There is some good YouTube Babbitt watching to be had on YouTube
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    Love me some Keith Rucker! So soothing watching him restore stuff.

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