Vintage Craftsman Bandsaw # 103.24280

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Forum topic by Hockey posted 04-22-2017 03:35 PM 2756 views 0 times favorited 2 replies Add to Favorites Watch
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04-22-2017 03:35 PM

I have this vintage craftsman bandsaw model # 103.24280 that I sort of inherited. Have had it for about 3 years and have finally gotten around to tuning it up. It is my understanding that it is from around 1952. It was manufactured by King Seeley Corp. It is pretty much all original, even with an open 1/3 hp motor. Size is 12”.

Now that I have tuned it (did not replace tires as they are in good shape), the thing runs amazinly smooth. Cuts very well, although I did have some issues with cutting 6 inch or less green wood (maple) for lathe turning. I would bog down and the motor would stop and I would have to wait quite a while for it to cool to reset it. I think a somewhat dull blade was partly to blame in conjunction with the only 1/3 hp motor.

As a side note, I also have a Shopsmith Band saw that I use on a SS Power station with 3/4 hp and ended up using that for the heavy straight cuts for the logs with a 5/8” blade. No issues there, excpet that the dust collection port would clog up with green wood shavings.

I was considering increasing the HP on the Craftsman saw to about 3/4 hp, but decided against that in light of the availability Shopsmith Bandsaw. On the other hand, if the Craftsman motor dies, I will replace it with a higher hp motor.

In any event, this old thing runs great, and I am pleased with it. Anyone else have the same model saw? Would like to hear your experience.

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#1 posted 04-22-2017 04:36 PM

I refurbished one of those and it is good for thin material, NOT 6 inch thick slabs (I don’t even think my blade guide goes up that high). IF you get the correct resaw blade and go slow I suppose you can do it, but if you’re able to slab wood on the Shopsmith I’d stick with doing that and saving the little Craftsman for scroll work.

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#2 posted 04-22-2017 04:57 PM

Thanks, dhazelton. The blade guide on mine goes up to the point that I can cut 6” high material. Resawing for me is a once in a while venture, so I will probably get a 3/8” new blade and use the Craftsman for quick stuff, and use the Shopsmith for resawing and intricate work. I have several SS blades ranging from 1/8” to the 5/8” already mentioned. Of course, only time will tell as to what I actually end up doing. The Shopsmith has a fence, extension table and circle cutter (Craftsman does not).

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