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Vintage Craftsman 18" Band Saw offered to me

by joshtp
posted 02-09-2017 10:03 PM


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Loren

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#1 posted 02-09-2017 10:10 PM

I had one for awhile. Nice saw. Not hard to
move in a truck. I lay bandsaws down to
move them… take the table off.

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joshtp

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#2 posted 02-10-2017 02:05 AM

Just took a look at it and is in great condition. He gave it to a friend who wanted to use it for metal, who then restored it, but then realized the motor was too slow for metal so he gave it back. It cut well, wheels turned easily, though I forgot to try and tilt the table. I paid him for it and will pick up tomorrow.

Loren, how did you get the saw on and off the truck? I’ve read to put plywood against the spine (which is nice and flat), then tilt it against the gate and lift the bottom and slide it in. Then to get off just reverse the process? Think just two guys could do this?

It is on 2” or 3” casters, I wonder if I could push it up a ramp onto a utility trailer.

Either way I’ll have to borrow/rent a truck/trailer, but I’m excited!

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Loren

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#3 posted 02-10-2017 02:13 AM

yeah, tipping it onto a piece of wood. Honestly
I don’t think the saw is too heavy. My memory
is foggy but I didn’t have another guy around
to lift it, just my girlfriend, last time I tipped
the thing into a van.

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runswithscissors

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#4 posted 02-10-2017 02:36 AM

That’s a good price for an 18”. Be careful not to damage the table trunnions when you move it, as that is a weak spot on most bandsaws.

The extra blades that often come with a used bandsaw don’t thrill me when I see them in an ad, because if they have been used much, they are likely dull.

Seems to me the guy who tried it for metal probably said the motor was too fast. For metal you want slower blade speed. I put a jack shaft with step pulleys on a brand-new Grizzly 14” some years ago, and use it for metal all the time. Works well.

-- I admit to being an adrenaline junky; fortunately, I'm very easily frightened

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Loren

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#5 posted 02-10-2017 02:39 AM

It has a transmission on the pulley for metal
and wood speeds. It’s just a 2-speed saw
as I recall and it may not go slow enough
for cutting a lot of ferrous metal.

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runswithscissors

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#6 posted 02-10-2017 06:15 AM

On mine I use a variable pitch 1/4” bi-metal blade. Blade speed is around 400 fps. I cut not only mild steel, but even stainless with it—and of course bronze and some aluminum, though aluminum is more challenging to cut than you might think, due to its sticky nature and wanting to clog up the teeth.

Don’t worry about finding blades of the right length. Any good saw shop can weld you up a blade of any length you. desire. No Craftsman blades needed.

-- I admit to being an adrenaline junky; fortunately, I'm very easily frightened

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emart

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#7 posted 02-10-2017 06:27 AM

Buy it. You will probably not find another saw of this size for that price. I have that saw’s smaller sibling and it runs like a champ.

-- tools are only as good as the hands that hold them https://www.custommade.com/by/emeraldcrafts/

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JoeinGa

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#8 posted 02-10-2017 01:36 PM

Ok Josh. You been here long enough to know what this means …
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-- Perform A Random Act Of Kindness Today ... Pay It Forward

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dhazelton

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#9 posted 02-10-2017 01:48 PM

$200? WHY IS NOT IN YOUR GARAGE?!

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joshtp

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#10 posted 02-10-2017 01:53 PM

I’ve got a friend with a truck who is going to help me get it today. I know people said you can move it with just two people, but I’d like to find a third just to be safe.

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joshtp

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#11 posted 02-11-2017 03:37 AM

I’ve picked it up without any major incidents. Here’s a photo of it in my garage. I’ve started a thread on OWWM for those interested in seeing more pictures.

Time to learn how to actually use a band saw and get this thing tuned up!

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dhazelton

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#12 posted 02-11-2017 12:58 PM

Those casters make it look like the saw will start walking away from you when applying some force on your work piece so I’d get rid of them.

The light is a Delta Retirement light. They used to bring a bunch of money – haven’t looked on ebay in a while but USED TO BE anywhere from $50-$100 depending on how greedy the seller is. Saturation may have driven that price down.

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chrisstef

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#13 posted 02-11-2017 02:07 PM

Requisite “watch the alex snodgrass set up video” post. Seriously. Look it up and watch it. She’ll hum.

Ohh, and killer score!

-- Its not a crack, its a casting imperfection.

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emart

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#14 posted 02-12-2017 05:56 AM



Those casters make it look like the saw will start walking away from you when applying some force on your work piece so I d get rid of them.

The light is a Delta Retirement light. They used to bring a bunch of money – haven t looked on ebay in a while but USED TO BE anywhere from $50-$100 depending on how greedy the seller is. Saturation may have driven that price down.

- dhazelton

I have casters on my machine and it stays put unless I really reef on it. my machine is also a lot smaller

-- tools are only as good as the hands that hold them https://www.custommade.com/by/emeraldcrafts/

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