AMERICAN (CLEMENT) 36″ BANDSAW

A recent arrival to the shop. This is a real treasure to me and I am super pleased that I have good people in the Inland Empire who saved and helped get this saw back with the rest of the contents of the Whitehouse-Crawford Company.

When the plant was liquidated as part of a deal to get the Army Corps to build a office and parking lot in downtown Walla Walla, there were a few items the family decided to keep for their other operations. Twenty years later, this saw and the rip saw are back with the rest. Eventually I hope to find the fully belted double spindle shaper that belonged with the rest. The only fully belted double spindle with full countershaft I have ever seen or heard of.

The saw retains its original wood tables. It has a Wright guide above and wood guide blocks below. I believe this saw was made between 1897 and 1900.

What a rich red.

Tension and tit adjustments. The Shop Tag. And the sellers tag, Tatum and Bowen. It appears that most of my stuff was part of this Tatum and Bowen sale.

This saw should clean up quickly and need little except to be used again.

Still double badged, from right after the big merger that created the American Company.

GETTING IT GOING AGAIN

The first missing parts I have come up with are the guide post balance pulleys. Thanks to a Hoosier Legend in the Old Machine World, I had an original to take to the foundry. Then the machinist spun them and here we are. New B -10 s.

Next I will round up the guard bar that goes where the plastic is seen in the picture above.

Band tensioner. Spring inside casting. On a fulcrum.

Upper wheel bushed. Runs on a stud attched to a hinged plate, tilted by handknob.

Finally getting this thing running. I have to admit that having the Davis and Wells 20″ made it easy to let this one sit. I decided to attach the motor to the base since I am not yet settled with a location and expect to move this around some.

Fairly simple. The casting is slightly canted so the plank is shimmed. Another anchor is under the motor. Five HP in this case.

The tires need to be re-glued and I will try to crown what I have.

This is the scale for the band tension.  For  1/4″ through 1 1/4″ bands as I read it.

Here the lower tire is glued back on. It is some kind of rubber corded belting skived into a loop. The table support cleaned and tunes up. I am uncertain about the direction of the lower guide. I may turn it over and then rabbet the underside of the guide blocks to engage the bosses at each bolt. The table support is bored for wood or iron top.

I also moved the lower wheel in a hair to be planar with the upper.

While the glue sets, I fooled around with crowning the upper wheel. After scratching my head with how to cradle and mount an angle grinder it occurred to me to try a file using the corner to cut. It seems to be working fine. Slow turning by hand. I am thinking about cutting a belt to run the hubs to one another.

And it actually works! With some fiddling around. Makes quick work of crowning.

What a difference from climbing the higher edge. I am a believer now.

Now I need to get this lower guide figured out. The wood blocks mount here. But I think this may be upside down.

Here’s a look at the guides from above. Through the invisible table.

One thing I have found is that the standard wood table is too thin if the wheels are tired with 1/4″ tires. The saw and the line meet at 1 5/8″ for a table top surface. Perhaps the iron tables are that high. The dash is at 1 1/8″ which is the old wood table thickness which works perfect with the wheels without tires. I would like the band to pass through the table at the same location regardless of tilt, so I will put spacers under the tables when I put them back.

Up and running.

New guards. Those open spokes really need to be covered. To protect them as well as the operator.

SAW AT WORK

Saw at work. Cutting a rake mould that springs around a round porch cornice.

Beveling a sill. A very lazy set up using a shaper fence.

And why not two shaper fences!

A YEAR LATER

I have found this to be a reliable saw. It does best with .025 bands. I do not believe the tensioner is adequate for the heavier bands. Indeed I don’t believe it was designed for them. Optimal, 1/2 as listed in the original literature.

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This is an insert to the 1892 Clement catalog. So I would conclude this model to have first been produced at that time. The significant innovation is that the upper wheel support is integral to the frame, not a separate casting.

I believe this model was produced for about ten years before the upper wheel tilt device was changed.

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