In a bandsaw jam, need some advice.

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Forum topic by Mcmurph120 posted 06-12-2017 11:48 PM 886 views 0 times favorited 4 replies Add to Favorites Watch
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06-12-2017 11:48 PM

Topic tags/keywords: bandsaw tires band saw tradesman craftsman new replace budget cheap tool

Hey all, first post here. I’m in a jam and need some advice.

I bought my first bandsaw from a guy off of OfferUp. It’s a Tradesman (Craftsman’s step-child) 10” three-wheel bandsaw. I was skeptical, but the guy sold it to me for $20 bucks, so how could I refuse. I’ve used it for several projects and worked fine.

Recently the band saw came off and revealed that the tires have cracked through, so I’ll need to replace them. Looking online, they are about $30 total for them. I don’t know if I should spend the $30 on a saw that may not last me much longer, or should I save that to invest in another saw. I really don’t have a big budget at all, the most I could spend. On a bandsaw is $100, and it seems that I can’t get much (or much better) than the one I already have.

Anyone have thoughts or advice on what I should do? I want to do this right, but with my limited budget, I don’t know if that’s the wise option.

Any help is appreciated. Thanks!!!

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#1 posted 06-13-2017 01:02 AM

I would fix it up. It sounds like you can probably get $50 for it in running condition anyway? Then you are well ahead for your $100 replacement whenever that comes around.

A budget of $100 probably isn’t going to get you much more in the way of quality and capability than what you’ve got anyway. If what you’ve got is working i’d keep it running and continue saving. You’ll want a 14” or bigger soon enough I’m sure!

Check your saw over before you spend anything on it, if the bearings are flogged out or theres slop in anything then maybe I’d go with a replacement.

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#2 posted 06-13-2017 04:26 AM

Thanks so much for the advice. I think that’s what I’m going to do.

I think the struggle for me is a superficial one. If I’m spending 30 bucks, I want to be able to have new bits, or a new blade, or some payout, and this will be hidden, but the payout is having a working bandsaw.

Thanks again Josh

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#3 posted 06-13-2017 10:09 PM

You could do a bit of poking around on google, looks like some people have done DIY bandsaw tires out of bicycle inner tubes, or silicone caulk. A guy on youtube used packing tape with some ribbon under it. I would think insulation tape with something under it to create a crown would probably work ok for a little while. Depends how long before you’re looking at getting another saw.

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#4 posted 06-16-2017 04:10 PM

At those prices (twenty for the saw and fifty for new tires), you can’t really complain. This is more the case since the tires aren’t going to go bad for another ten or twenty years.

In the time it takes you to wear out new tires, you can save for something in the thousand dollar range, which WILL change your life.

I’ve had three or four Craftsman bandsaws. I gave the last one away (it was just fine). I found them to be blade eating beasts, but I was running Craftsman 1/8” blades most the time.

Once I got my 14”, I started running better blades. After that, no more thumping, as the welds ran past the guides. Too, the blades held up longer (in around ten years, I’ve only broken around four or five, but have gone through about a hundred (93-1/2” and 105” blades ).

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