DoAll DBW-1 Bandsaw-Blade Welder

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DoAll DBW-1 Bandsaw-Blade Welder

This highly specialized welder is really only useful for one thing: repairing broken bandsaw blades. It is also called a buttwelder, because the technical name for the type of weld it makes in the blade is a butt weld.

Basic Info

  • Ownership: TBD, best contact is Dave Scholl or Steve Hermann
  • Location: The welder is currently bolted to the frame of the big red shelves in the wood shop, between the table saw and the chop saw. This location is only meant to be a temporary home while the welder is evaluated and repaired. It's too heavy to pick up off of the floor every time someone wants to work with it. These welders were usually installed inside the frame of a bandsaw, but this one was extracted from its bandsaw some time before it was brought to i3.
  • What it looks like:

bandsaw-blade welder photo The welder was originally made in the 1940's, and has been painted at least five times since then. Under the layers of paint, and an abundance of dirt, most of it appears to be original.

Manufacturer Information

  • Make/Model: DoAll DBW-1 Buttwelder
  • Part Number: S/N (unknown)

Documentation

not specified

Rules

  • Don't try to repair bandsaw blades yet, and please don't plug in the power cord.

Instructions

TBD

Other References

  • One particular i3 member, who is a bit of a wag, has been claiming to anyone within earshot that if you have two butts on or about your person, this piece of equipment will weld them together into one butt. Don't worry, nothing could be further from the truth.

Maintenance

TBD

Things that Need to be Done

  • Continue evaluation and repairs
    • Initial results of no-load electrical test
      • Light bulb appears to be burned-out
      • Grinder motor runs quietly, appears OK
      • Annealing button supplies about 0.6 VAC to the jaws
      • Welding lever supplies about 2.6 VAC to the jaws
    • Additional no-load electrical testing is planned, to evaluate the weld-stop switch and the weld-heat adjuster.
    • The grinding wheel is worn-out, the moving welder jaw has not yet moved, a box is needed to cover the parts behind the front panel, a long-term location with 220V 1PH 30A power is needed, etc.

FAQs

  1. Has anyone else ever repaired one of these old welders? Yes, someone rebuilt an entire 63-year-old DoAll Bandsaw, and rebuilt the welder as part of the project. Photos and written discussion are available on this thread in The Garage Journal. The URL is to page 5 of 26 pages, which is in the middle of the section that discusses the welder. The same author has made over a dozen videos of this project. They are available in the YouTube channel for APmachinist. Blade Welder Parts Repair is #14 in the Bandsaw Rebuild video series, and is one of several videos that discuss the welder. Note that the author's welder is model 1A, which is more recent than the model 1 at i3.
  2. In the above-mentioned video, does the author take the viewer along on a loud motorcycle ride through the countryside into town, to an ACE hardware store to buy a plastic knob? Why, yes, he does!
  3. Can bandsaw blades made with newer technologies (1950 or later) be repaired with this welder? Yes, if the annealing instructions from the manual for a newer model, e.g., the DBW-15, are followed.