Now that my newly-acquired CB-75F takes its place next to the CB-100FA on the right, I must admit it really is a cute li’l unit:
The front side of the CB-75F:
It’s in pretty good shape and worth the $1000 investment.
I didn’t realize that the CB75F has rubber tires on its wheels:
The rubber tires mean fitting other size blades is totally straightforward – I had been wondering about this detail before the machine arrived.
With the rubber tires you get a brass bristle cleaning brush instead of the steel scraper as seen on the CB-100FA with its large cast metal wheels:
The guides are meant for a 3″ blade, however the machine as received had a 1″ blade fitted, which doesn’t really work properly with the regular guides, gouging out the middle:
The blade-tensioning mechanism rides up and down on dovetailed ways, and these are provided with oil cups on both sides:
I plan to use this machine to run 1/4″ (6mm) blades most of the time, and have acquired the factory ball-bearing guides for that conversion:
The guides took all of 5 minutes to fit – a drunken chimp could do it, so I was well qualified. Now I need to get a 1/4″ bandsaw blade or two. Any recommendations? I’ve ordered the 3-phase motor and its associated parts from Japan so I should have them in a few weeks. The machine runs fine as is but the 110v. single phase motor with gear reduction is going into early retirement, despite the, uh, howls of protest.
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