I'm new to the shopsmith world and am jumping right in. I picked up a nice used mark v last month and have been having a great time getting to know it inside and out. Just rebuilt the headstock with all new bearings and belts. Cleaned out the motor of the last couple of decades worth of sawdust and gave it a good cleaning all around. Runs like a sewing machine now. I also picked up a bandsaw from the same vintage (81) and gave it the same tear down and cleaning. Both before and after I noticed that the bandsaw was very loud compared to the other bandsaws I've used in the past. It has new urethane tires on the wheels, and I've got a new bearing upgrade and cool blocks on the way to see if that helps out. I plan on adding the nylon bolt upgrade and re-aligning the guide arm as well. Is there anything else I should do? One thing I noticed about the bandsaw is that the cast aluminum casing acts a bit like a harmonic resonator. If I put a heavy towl on the bandsaw case while it's running it is noticeably quieter. Has anyone tried filling the voids in the casing with pourable foam? I was thinking that it would act like a sound deadening material similar to the sound mats used in car stereos (dynamat). It might also help out with dust collection as you could smooth the inside foam to reduce the places where dust can settle or guide the dust flow to a collection port. What do you think? Looking forward to hearing back from the forum.
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