You Get What You Pay For (YGWYPF)

A few months ago, I made note here that a fitting (upper wheel spindle) for an ancient Craftsman bandsaw (103.0103) had given up the ghost. No replacements via Sears, OWMM was no help. It was an aluminum casting but I tried JB Weld anyway to no avail. I was then trying to find a machinist who would fabricate one given the old parts. I wasn't having much luck finding someone who would (and could) do a "one-off".
Then my next door neighbor said he was doing some work for a local guy who might help. Went to see him and he said, somewhat enthusiastically, "no problem". Turns out he wasn't the machinist but worked at a place that did some of this kind of stuff. Well, OK. To shorten this up, several months of calls, drop bys (howzit goin'?), and "it's done, I forgot to pick it up"s, I finally had it in hand. Needed one more weld and some trimming. Three weeks later, I just wanted it, in whatever conditions, in my hand. Well, it doesn't fit. Zounds. Od bodkins. Farginn' A. Am trying to touch it up with the grinder and hacksaw, but I don't think I can get it close enough.
If anybody knows of a good machinist who might want to take on this little task for a reasonable fee, let me know. Anywhere in the San Bernardino, CA and surrounding mountain or flatland areas will be fine. TIA and one more grumble.     mahalo,     jo4hn
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Is Sierra Madre close enough...? I know a couple of guys who might be able to help.
John Emmons

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Sierra Madre is good. My mother lives in Arcadia. Email me offline with particulars. Thanks.     mahalo,     jo4hn
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You know, with all the desert rats around there that fabricate all sorts of frames, drivetrains and such there must be someone. Maybe getting an unconventional source might help. Thought I would throw that in.
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There is a part available through sears. It is not for model "103.0103" but it works the same, it is for a different 12" band saw. You will have to swap the tension adjustment guide out. the one on the replacement model is to big or short I cant remember. Most people have a problem with the blade guide assembly on that model. I also had someone design a good and simple replacement design for that. I gave my band saw (103.0103) away to a new woodworker for helping me re-roof my house. I bought two of the tension/wheel alignment assembly so if you are interested in it let me know. Just to make sure I am talking about the same saw it is the one with the round steel tube as a upright support and is made by "king/sealy" blue in color. Do a search at OWWM for "103.0103" and you should get all of the posts regarding fixing your problem. Any questions let me know.
Kris

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