Ridgid Band Saw Restoration

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Blog entry by MrWhite posted 11-18-2012 01:05 AM 9542 reads 4 times favorited 13 comments Add to Favorites Watch

So… I saw an ad on craigslist for a band saw for sale. I really have to stop looking at this stuff!!! I picked it up for $100. It was running but otherwise looked pretty dirty and in need of a thorough cleanup. The paint was oxidized and there were a few minor rust spots. The table top was very rusty and appeared to have some sort of oil mixed with the rust. It also had a light misting or some sort of white paint over the whole saw. I figured it was overspray. Anyway, I thought it would be a fun project, and I didn’t yet have a band saw.

Here’s what I got:

I did some research online and found that the main complaint about this saw (Ridgid BS140002) is vibration due to the base/stand not being stiff enough. Kind of ironic since it’s called ridgid. I originally planned to give it a thorough cleaning and make new top for the stand. I tried some car polish on the oxidized paint but it was no good. Sanding with 400 grit removed most the oxidation and overspray but went through the paint in some places. I figured it was time to repaint. Since I was not particularly fond of the orange color to begin with, I decided that I’d paint it to match my grizzly table saw and jointer.

I completely disassembled the saw and stand. Every nut, bolt, and part. I put all the little bits into ziplock bags to keep track of everything. I then spent a lot of time at the grinder with a fine wire wheel to remove any rust. I masked all of the safety stickers with blue painters tape but the big ridgid sticker on the front of the top door was cracking and looked terrible, so off it came.

I painted all of the parts with Rustoleum Hammered Finish paint. That makes it easy to hide any imperfections. I used “Hunter Green” for the stand, “Ivory” for the frame, “Silver” for the accent part and trunions, and “Dark Bronze” for the motor body.

I cut a piece of ¾” MDF to fit inside or underneath the top of the stand. The edges were beveled at 5 degrees to match the angle of the sides. I then traced and copied all of the bolt holes and drilled them out using a forstner bit in the drill press. I realized that this new ¾” insert was going to get in the way of the bolts that attach the legs, so I marked their positions and drilled some relief pockets around the edge with a large forstner bit. Here’s what that looks like:

I cut another piece of ¾” MDF (this one with 90 deg sides) to make a new top. I copied all of the bolt holes and drilled them into the top, as I had for the reinforcing piece underneath. I cut a third piece of MDF, beveled he edges to 5 deg, to make a shelf that could attach to the leg braces. I drilled some small holes in the leg braces so that I can screw through into the underside of the shelf.

I added the shelf to stiffen the legs but also as I thought it would be useful to have a shelf there. I put a single coat of tung oil on the MDF of the top and shelf to add a little durability to the surface.

Here’s the completed stand:

Once I had everything repainted, and that took a few days as I’m kind of slow and methodical, I started to re-assemble everything. I took my time, but I think it came out looking great. Here’s some pics:

One thing that I noticed about the saw when I first bought it, was that it shook/vibrated quite badly. I checked the wheels and found that they were way out of balance. I sanded the tires until they had a crown. I then balanced the wheels using some adhesive weights that the nice guys at discount tire gave me. You can see the weights here:

I sanded down the table top to get rid of all the rust. Once cleaned up, I put a coat of paste wax on it to inhibit future rust.

I installed a new Carter AccuRight blade and some “Cool Blocks”. I still need to get a new table top/zero clearance insert.

A few more pics:

All, said it was a fun project and I think I got a pretty useful tool for a great price. What do you think?


13 comments so far

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Mike Gager

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#1 posted 11-18-2012 02:16 AM

nice job!

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#2 posted 11-18-2012 05:23 AM

MAN, looks great. Lots of work there and worth it. Are you going to leave the old logo section blank??
Looks good just the way it is…..........................

-- mike...............

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#3 posted 11-18-2012 06:46 AM

Yeah, I think I’m going to leave it as it is. This is my first band saw and I have been using it for two day now. I have already realized that I’m going to have to build some sort of fence system that adjusts for drift. That will have to be one of my next projects.


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#4 posted 11-18-2012 02:17 PM

Good job. Looks like you will get years of service from that saw.
Keep up the good work.

-- If I had only known, I would have been a locksmith. - Albert Einstein

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#5 posted 11-18-2012 05:45 PM

Great job. Makes me want to do that to mine.

-- Brock, Illinois

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#6 posted 11-18-2012 06:29 PM

Congrats on the “new” bandsaw, and Welcome to LJ’s
Nice job on the BS restoration … now, for the blank logo space … Stop by your local sign shop and talk to them about vinyl lettering. They will show you a thick book of ideas that will send you home reeling. (Mr. White would be a good logo) when you get home with your one of a kind design you just peel stick and rub it on.
I did my boat this way and it was quite afordable … Sign painter wanted 100’s.

-- Grumpy old guy, and lookin' good Doin' it. ... Surprise Az.

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#7 posted 11-18-2012 06:40 PM

That is a FABULOUS job. I have the same saw. I mounted it on a new base, added, link belt, eurathane wheels, cool blocks, Timberwolf blade and balanced the wheels. I freakin love the saw now! I was resawing 6 inch maple and walnut on it yesterday and it worked wonderfully.

Another thing is I love it when all my tools are the same color…an OCD thing for me. I have often thought about painting all my stationary/bench tools the same color.

You showed me how good it can look!

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#8 posted 11-18-2012 07:55 PM

I did something similar with mine, though with less painting. It really can be a great saw – in particular it is amazing how many problems come from that cheap stand.

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#9 posted 11-19-2012 01:02 AM

looks better than new

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#10 posted 11-19-2012 05:19 PM

fantastic job. It looks brand new! So how is the vibration? Gone? I have the same saw and want to do a few upgrades.

Again, really nice.

-- When you earnestly believe you can compensate for a lack of skill by doubling your efforts, there is no end to what you CAN'T do

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#11 posted 11-22-2012 06:15 PM

Thanks for all the responses guys. I’ve used the saw for a couple of days now and I’ve realized that I’m not happy with the balancing job that I did. I think I will have to re-do it soon and see if I can improve things. The saw runs much more smoothly than when I bought it, but it still wouldn’t pass the nickel test as it is. Do you think the wheels are too small for a tire shop to put on their spin balancing machine? My guess is that this won’t work, but it might be worth trying.

I also plan on making an extended table top that incorporates an adjustable fence. That may take me a while. My to-do list is long already.


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#12 posted 11-22-2012 06:20 PM

Mine does pass the nickle test now.

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#13 posted 11-22-2012 06:29 PM

Hey Bullethead,

That’s good news! Did you do anything special to balance the wheels other than marking the low spot and adding weight to the opposite side?


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