I was always annoyed with the design of my Delta 28-275 bandsaw. The placement of the motor behind the saw required a long base that extended almost thirty inches from the wall, using a lot of floor space. When I decided to adapt the saw for metal cutting, I resolved to do something about the oversized footprint.
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The stock saw extends almost 30 inches front-to-back.
The bare base with the section marked for cutout.
The base platform welded back together and ground flat. The cutout section is next to it.
The smaller base reassembled.
The backing plate for the belt guard had to be shortened and repositioned, too.
The original 3/4 HP Delta motor is on the right. On the left is a 1/5 HP Bodine gearmotor that runs at 100 rpm. It will supply a lot more torque than the larger motor.
This tensioner arrangement allows the use of (most of) the original belt guard, and also quickly relieves the tension for moving the belt.
A closeup of the tensioner. It's a shop-made wheel with skateboard ball bearings installed.
The finished saw takes up less space. I still plan to enclose the base with a door on the side with the belt.
Update, 4-21-08: Finally got the base enclosed-->
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