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poopiekat

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06-14-2019 07:33 PM

Topic tags/keywords: bandsaw jet

I saw this bandsaw in a Mennonite Thrift Store, and I pondered whether it belongs in my shop as a standby, an alternative to my big 14” Busy Bee” (Delta clone) floor model bandsaw.

It’s a Jet with 14: throat in a benchtop configuration. Three speed pullies, and a 70-71” blade.

I didn’t pay much for it, but it needs a drive belt which is 1/4 inch round in cross-section, more like a huge o-ring than a V-belt. Also needs TLC, which attracted me to it in the first place.

Anyone have experience owning one of these? Or is this another one of those “Catch and Release” situations I hear about?

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#1 posted 06-14-2019 08:01 PM

I don’t know anything about it but it looks like a very cool item. If it’s just a belt then maybe it would be worth getting up and running. The brand is a good one.

I know the belt you’re talking about. My old, full sized, craftsman drill press has one of those belts.

Also…. Most Maytag (and others?) top loading washing machines have this type of spaghetti belt. about the size of a soda straw and solid (rubber?). You could measure it and see at a washing machine sales/repair place if they have a matching item maybe. My washing machine ran for years before it started slipping and I replace it so I’m sure it would hold up on a band saw.

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#2 posted 06-14-2019 08:21 PM

I’ve had two of those 3-wheeled saws. Both were given to me and I ended up giving both away. It’s just not a good design. It’s just too hard to keep 3 wheels aligned and have adequate belt tension. Especially when they’re mounted to a less-than-rigid frame. I also don’t think blades like the small radii of the upper and lower wheels. YMMV of course but I wouldn’t aim for the stars with this one…

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#3 posted 06-14-2019 08:22 PM

I can’t believe a Mennonite let that go. Must have been an Englisher. My grandpa got very upset when we gave his spare barometer to the MCC.

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#4 posted 06-14-2019 08:32 PM



I can t believe a Mennonite let that go. Must have been an Englisher. My grandpa got very upset when we gave his spare barometer to the MCC.

- JADobson

Tells you how bad it is ;-)

-- Kenny, SW VA, Go Hokies!!!

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#5 posted 06-14-2019 09:59 PM

Thanks for all the cool comments! Craftsman on the Lake: A Maytag appliance parts place is a good idea! But I was able to get a pair of belts which I hope will solve the problem. I can’t even figure out the model number of this machine. But at least if it’s functioning I’m a step ahead, whether I keep or sell. Finding 70 1/2” blades will be iffy…

Hokie: I expected a cheezy stamped piece of steel forming the backbone, but this unit has rather stout 1” X 2” welded steel square tube construction in its innards, which gave me some confidence about purchasing. I had a Delta 3-wheel job with a 10” throat, and I abused and overloaded it for many years. It survived and I refurbished it and donated it to a Community Club woodworking program. I had another, a 9” 2-wheel which would spin off the blade every hour or so.

JADobson: LOL you are right about those people in general! They will put 4 screws in a ziplock bag, the type for knobs and door pulls, and price it at $3, but will put up a whole baggie of 12 knobs and pulls with screws on them and sell it for $1! You can get a deal only if you can speak to them in Low German. Again, thanks all!

-- Einstein: "The intuitive mind is a sacred gift, and the rational mind is a faithful servant. We have created a society that honors the servant and has forgotten the gift." I'm Poopiekat!!

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#6 posted 06-14-2019 11:11 PM

Craftsman 12” three wheeler, that i keep around as a spare…..uses a cogged belt, though. Tires are easy, a “Dirt Devil” sweeper’s drive belts are the same size….

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poopiekat

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#7 posted 06-15-2019 02:40 AM

Wow, Bandit, that’s some clever interchanging of parts! If I was allowed to take a stroll through an appliance part warehouse, I’d probably see a few worthwhile part substitution ideas. How the heck did you discover that Dirt Devil drive belts would fit your wheels?

-- Einstein: "The intuitive mind is a sacred gift, and the rational mind is a faithful servant. We have created a society that honors the servant and has forgotten the gift." I'm Poopiekat!!

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#8 posted 06-15-2019 04:31 AM

Had to replace the dirt devil belt a few times….tried one of the extras..as they come in pairs in the package. You do have to add a touch of crown to them, once they are on….

-- A Planer? I'M the planer, this is what I use

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