Old sears 12 inch bandsaw

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Forum topic by Harve posted 12-07-2018 01:27 PM 540 views 0 times favorited 6 replies Add to Favorites Watch
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12-07-2018 01:27 PM

Hello everyone, new guy here. I have an old sears 12 inch bandsaw. It ran and cut fine till one day when I went to cut the motor bogged down and wouldn’t cut when I put the wood to the blade. Take out the wood and it sounds good. Put wood back to the blade and the same thingy happens. Put a new blade and on and same results. Is the motor going out? If so, I can get it rebuilt. Which leads me to another question. Would it be ok to have the hp doubled?

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#1 posted 12-07-2018 02:42 PM

I have had one of them for over 30 years and use it almost daily; still runs like day one. I believe I encountered the same problem a few years back and come to find out the allen screw that holds the bottom wheel had come off. so, it was making the turn shaft but not the wheel to spin.
Hope that is all that is wrong with yours.
You can have the motor rebuilt by any electric motor shop. Sometimes they have to order parts from other states to get it running. Doubling the motor?? I don’t know.


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#2 posted 12-07-2018 03:55 PM

also check the belt when running a worn out belt will act just like this :<))
maybe you can even tighten it just a bit

-- Tony---- Reinholds,Pa.------ REMEMBER TO ALWAYS HAVE FUN

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#3 posted 12-08-2018 12:05 PM

Thank! I will check out the bolts and such. As for rebuilding the motor, there is a place close to me for that.

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#4 posted 12-08-2018 12:42 PM

Just helped a friend rework one. (1940s era I believe) those are good saws

If the above does not help, see if you have a local mechanic/machinist who can help you.

Gear heads make good friends

-- nice recovery, They should pay extra for that mistake, Eric E.

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#5 posted 12-09-2018 04:01 AM

Check the drive pulleys. I had a 12” Craftsman bandsaw for many years. Sometimes the Allen screw in the pulley will come loose and the square key will fall out.

-- The optimist says "the glass is half full". The pessimist says "the glass is half empty". The engineer says "the glass is twice as big as it needs to be"

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#6 posted 12-10-2018 04:43 AM

thanks again guys. i really love the advice.

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