My new (to me) band saw re-do

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Blog entry by jonlruss posted 05-26-2016 09:30 PM 1442 reads 0 times favorited 5 comments Add to Favorites Watch

A few months back I began searching for a 14” band saw. I had my dad’s 9” Ryobi and needless to say hit the limitation ceiling with it PDQ. In my search I finally found a mid-90’s model Craftsman Professional 14”. The seller had gotten it from a neighbor but had never used it. When I turned it on it screamed like a banshee. The blade was way out of alignment, and when I opened it up, sections of the dry, rotted tires fell out. At only $75 and there being nothing that I felt I couldn’t fix on it, I decided I couldn’t pass it up. It needed a good bit of work but for the price I didn’t mind. Got it home and gave it a good going over. The table was badly rusted and the guide blocks and roller bearings were just something that had once been a good idea.

I gave everything a good cleaning and ordered new tires off ebay, and a new roller bearing, and blade table insert from Sears which were the only parts that really needed to be replaced. Because of the arrangement of the motor being located behind the saw, and the legs for the stand being splayed, it really took up more real estate than I wanted to give up since I’m using just slightly over one half of a two car garage. I decided to build a new stand and relocate the motor below the saw. After a few speed bumps along the way, I finally got it set up like I wanted, and mounted it to a mobile base. Added the new parts when they came in, and gave the table a good cleaning. Found a couple of small gouges but nothing that’ll affect my work. Aligned everything and gave it a test run. Everything worked great! Made me a happy camper.

I did end up replacing the stock blocks with Cool Blocks. I also need to get some new blades as the only one it came with was the stock blade. It took longer than I’d hoped to get everything done, but I’m pleased with the results, and the cost. I still need to make a drawer to go on the bottom under the motor for storage but I’m not in too big a hurry for that yet.

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#1 posted 05-26-2016 09:58 PM

Nicely done. What was your total investment so far? I’m redoing a Delta and had the same idea to build a better stand with a smaller footprint.

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#2 posted 05-27-2016 04:40 PM

I’m in it for around $160 at this point for everything I’ve bought including everything I listed, a link belt, and Gene Duginske’s Band Saw Basics book. The stand was all from stuff I already had. The blades I’m looking at are a 3 blade assortment from Timberwolf that’s about $60, so I’ll be all in for a little over $200. Not too shabby for a set up that should do me for a good long time, or at least until I decide I want to start doing some serious re-sawing which I don’t anticipate happening lol.

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#3 posted 05-29-2016 06:07 AM

When ever you use a band saw change a blade or do any maintenance, its good practice to open the top cover poke your finger in and wind the tyre backwards listening for any binding or odd noises before you power it on.
Removing your finger first of course!
That way if there is anything wrong you will see, hear, or feel it first.

No doubt you will get it purring in the end, enjoy

-- Regards Rob

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#4 posted 05-30-2016 02:22 AM

Not a bad investment. 14” band saws are rare to find under $250 in my area, let alone one in working condition.

I didn’t plan on re-sawing either, until two weeks ago when I saw a project on here… so time to install a riser block.

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#5 posted 06-07-2016 05:18 PM

I did a similar renovation recently, but went with ceramic guides and thrust bearings. Interestingly, the thrust bearing doesn’t spin…it is fixed so if it shows any wear (mine hasn’t) you just rotate it a few degrees.

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