Motor bounce & motor mounts
- Hi guys
I've only encountered bounce like Steve described when the blade started to
crack, but it broke within a short time. A poorly welded join also bounces
but that's easy to see as it happens whenever the weld passes over the work
People also commented on the poor motor mount contributing to sawing
My saw had sheet metal motor mount with a tensioning screw like Robert's
until I had to remake the motor mount, the catalyst for which was burning
out the motor when it jammed in some sticky 3x2 aluminium bar I was cutting
and I couldn't get a like-for-like replacement.
I remade the motor mount to fit the new motor from 4mm thick aluminium plate
and made a tensioning arm with one of those multi-position clamp levers
locking it, mounted on the top of the gear box. I also bushed the M10 bolts
to fit the holes in the casting so its not loose like the old one.
There are a few photos of it in photo folder John Vreede
Single phase motors inherently vibrate as part of the way they're made, so I
vibration isolated the motor with high shear rubber mounts from RS Spares
(http://newzealand.rs-online.com/web/p/stud-mounts/7773190/), which made it
much quieter. NB. Hanging the motor like this puts the mounts in shear so
make sure the vibration isolation mounts can stand shear loads of 3kg or
greater (even though they look alike some can and some can't stand shear).
RS Spares is an electronic component distributor so Radio Shack or similar
probably will have them.
Now the motor is solid and it's a 5 sec job to change ratios so no excuse
for running wrong speed.
The lever locking system can be made to work with the OEM sheet metal motor
mount too. There's a photo sequence of what to do in the last half of the
photos above. If you'd like to have a better tensioning system but don't
want to remake the motor mount you could try this.
Cut off the thumb-screw thread and turn the plate around 180 deg. with a bit
of banging and grinding it fits, though you'll have to elongate one of the
mounting holes to fit the belt cover.
You'll see from the pictures that the rod with the rose joint didn't line up
when I transferred it from the new motor mount to the old one. Its only a
few millimetres out in sideways alignment but that's enough to make it jerky
when changing pulleys - when its properly lined up its smooth as silk.
Also the up-stand of the angle bracket across the top of the gearbox needs
to be cut back to let the motor swing forward more.
You might need a different vee-belt too (I don't know because my new setup
has a shorter belt than standard). While you're at it get an AX-section
belt not A-section as the grooves on the inside let it form around the
smaller diameter pulley better with less HP and vibration. People on the
forum have raved about the A-section Link belts as being the quietest and
most vibration free. I haven't tried one as they're 4x the cost here in NZ
but that would let you custom fit the length of the belt with known
improvements over std and maybe wouldn't need anti-vibration mounts.
Rgds - jv
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Subject: Re: [4x6bandsaw] Motor bounce
My 4x6 (from the 1970's or 80's) came with a tension screw on the motor
mount. It's a 5/16"-18 thumbscrew (plastic knob for a head) through a
tapped hole in the pivoting (cast) motor mounting plate, above the pivot
point. The screw bears against the end of the saw base casting. To change
pulley grooves, you have to loosen it before you can swing the motor up.
But with it tight, the motor cannot move.
Robert Downs - Houston
wa5cab dot com (Web Store)
In a message dated 10/04/2013 19:00:49 PM Central Daylight Time,
I have in the past, had a problem when cutting metal the blade runs into
resistance which changes with the thickness as the blade slices through the
metal. I ti salmost impossible to set the arm tension correctly when cutting
through tubing or metal at angles.
What that does is make the motor move up and down in order to keep the blade
running without binding. But what then happens is that the arm starts
bouncing up and down causing blade damage as the teeth bite into the metal.
So what I did to stop that was add a bungee cord to the mounting base of the
motor and then to the stand of the saw. (off the back of the saw)
What that did was stop the oscillating bounce and keeps a steady blade
movement and a much smoother cut.
Give it a try. It is a cheap trick to do and will keep your saw blade from
bouncing off the metal.