Craftsman 1-1/8HP 12”band saw w/tilt head

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Forum topic by Lakewater posted 08-06-2018 04:53 AM 983 views 0 times favorited 8 replies Add to Favorites Watch
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08-06-2018 04:53 AM

Does anyone have any knowledge or experience with this band saw? I’m trying to fill some holes in my tools on a tight budget, and have been looking for a n “okay “ used unit.
I’ve found one for $100. It’s a bit of a drive, and not the greatest pictures to start. I’m waiting on some more detailed pictures, so I’m not sure of condition yet.
If it is in. Decent condition, are they good reliable machines?
Thanks in advance for your input.

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#1 posted 08-06-2018 05:32 AM

Not sure which one you are looking at.. but you may want to take a look at this adventure with a 12” tilting head C-man bandsaw by Mattias over at woodgears: Craftsman bandsaw repair fail


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#2 posted 08-06-2018 12:39 PM

I had one of those and about all I can say for it is that it was a band saw. I definitely do not suggest you drive any distance and pay any money, let alone $100 for it. Whoever the seller is should be bringing it to you and giving you a tip to take it. There are some Craftsman machines that were not bad, in fact, some were actually nice…..but, this is not one of them. I got rid of it the same way I acquired it…”free to good home”

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#3 posted 08-06-2018 02:54 PM

I would not want this saw for free :<))

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#4 posted 08-06-2018 03:22 PM

Thanks for the information. That would probably explain why there are so many for sale…. and at a range of prices…..

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#5 posted 08-07-2018 03:48 AM

Old time ship saws—really huge band saws—often had tilting heads. Great for when you had to saw a bevel on a big timber, or variable bevels on plank edges (to accommodate caulking). But Sears version of the principle is sadly a piece of garbage. Crude castings, poor fits, and generally crappy.

To bad somebody doesn’t come out with a good quality one of at least 14”; would let you saw bevels without having to fight gravity.

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#6 posted 08-07-2018 04:59 AM

I appreciate the input, I’ll pass on the tilt heads.
I found an old Magna 11” for $30. The information I’ve found on them, says they are solid, and are easy to work on.
The pictures I’ve seen so far are lacking….. waiting for a response to go take a look.
Any one have any input on Magna?

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#7 posted 08-07-2018 12:25 PM

I had the Magna (forerunner to ShopSmith) for many years, and found it to be a great small saw. I put Cool Blocks on it, a good blade(s), and used it a bunch.
Sold it when I moved to a larger shop.
It is not for heavy work, but will do most of what you ask.

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#8 posted 08-07-2018 10:16 PM

Got to thinking about my wish for a modern tilting head bandsaw. I think a regular Delta or clone, 14” or bigger, could be modified. The whole saw would have to hang from the table and its trunnions, so they would have to be seriously beefed up. I’d also want a geared, or worm and pinion, adjuster for the tilting aspect. To save weight on the saw itself, the motor could be solidly fixed to the stand so that it would be able to drive the lower wheel in all positions (but I’m dubious about the geometry of that configuration).

The stand for the whole thing shouldn’t be hard to do. I’d be tempted to try it with a saw from CL, if I really needed such a saw—which I don’t. I just like the idea.

Okay, since I’m think about modified bandsaws, how about one with two-way tilting. I’m not talking about the 5 or 10 deg. of left tilt most saws give you, but a real 45 deg. both ways. Think about the times when you need to make that cut, and it’s too awkward or even impossible to do it with an ordinary bandsaw.

I think I made a similar suggestion a while back, and everybody hated the idea.

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