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07-26-2019 01:31 AM

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It’s only $30 and I enjoy restoration projects. That said, is this worth the effort? The pics are not very revealing but it looks like the table might be cracked and there’s something weird about the distance between the guide bar and the blade, or maybe it’s just that the rest of the guide assembly appears to be missing. A quick search shows tires readily available but not much else in the way of parts. Finally, this would be my first bandsaw, assuming I could get it in working order.

-- –Chuck M. Nutmegger by choice


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#1 posted 07-26-2019 04:23 AM

I have an old Atlas 912 band saw that my father bought in the early ‘60s. It dates back to the early ‘50s. It’s an outstanding saw. I still use it as my #2 band saw. My Rikon has a Laguna ReSaw King resaw blade, and I use the Atlas for narrower blades.

For $30, I’d go for it. Worst case, you throw $30 in the garbage. If you get lucky, you’ll have a gem on your hands.

-- Half of what we read or hear about finishing is right. We just don’t know which half! — Bob Flexner

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#2 posted 07-26-2019 01:10 PM

Thanks, Rich. That was also my first inclination, but I sometimes have an impulse-control problem when it comes to spending money on tools. ;-)

-- –Chuck M. Nutmegger by choice

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#3 posted 07-26-2019 01:56 PM



Thanks, Rich. That was also my first inclination, but I sometimes have an impulse-control problem when it comes to spending money on tools. ;-)

- cmacnaughton

Well, you’re in the right place ;-)

If you need a bandsaw, I can’t see a reason not to give it a go. I would inspect the wheels to be sure they aren’t bent or broken and spin true. Same with the frame and trunion. In other words, make sure all the parts that aren’t easily sourced are there and in decent shape. Bearings, belts, tires and even motor are all stuff that is easily replaced if necessary.

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

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#4 posted 07-26-2019 02:31 PM


Well, you re in the right place ;-)

If you need a bandsaw, I can t see a reason not to give it a go. I would inspect the wheels to be sure they aren t bent or broken and spin true. Same with the frame and trunion. In other words, make sure all the parts that aren t easily sourced are there and in decent shape. Bearings, belts, tires and even motor are all stuff that is easily replaced if necessary.
- HokieKen

Thanks, Ken. How about the guide assembly? Are there assemblies generic enough to be used on an old machine like this? From the photos it appears to guide bar is present, but everything else is missing.

-- –Chuck M. Nutmegger by choice

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#5 posted 07-26-2019 02:58 PM

I feel confident a standard set of guides could be adapted easily even if they weren’t a direct fit. I wouldn’t be deterred by the lack of guides but if that’s not something you feel like you can do, it’s definitely a consideration…

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

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#6 posted 07-26-2019 03:00 PM



I feel confident a standard set of guides could be adapted easily even if they weren t a direct fit. I wouldn t be deterred by the lack of guides but if that s not something you feel like you can do, it s definitely a consideration…

- HokieKen


I’ve never been uncomfortable hammering a square peg into a round hole with a measly $30 on the line. I’ll give it a whirl. Thanks!

-- –Chuck M. Nutmegger by choice

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#7 posted 07-26-2019 03:00 PM

i would tend to be more worried about a cracked table or frame and wheels :<))))

but dont forget rule#5 :<(((((

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

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#8 posted 07-26-2019 03:05 PM



i would tend to be more worried about a cracked table or frame and wheels :<))))

but dont forget rule#5 :<(((((

- GR8HUNTER


I’ll be inspecting it tomorrow, unless Rule #5 goes into effect before then!

-- –Chuck M. Nutmegger by choice

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#9 posted 07-26-2019 03:05 PM

You might give Carter Products a try. They say “We’ve been in the business since 1929 and have found we can fit our guides to almost any saw.”

https://www.carterproducts.com/custom-guide-fitting

-- Half of what we read or hear about finishing is right. We just don’t know which half! — Bob Flexner

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#10 posted 07-26-2019 03:19 PM



You might give Carter Products a try. They say “We ve been in the business since 1929 and have found we can fit our guides to almost any saw.”

https://www.carterproducts.com/custom-guide-fitting

- Rich


I did peruse that earlier today. Looks like a $30 saw could quickly become a $250 saw. Certainly an option if it comes to that, thanks.

-- –Chuck M. Nutmegger by choice

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#11 posted 07-26-2019 03:21 PM



You might give Carter Products a try. They say “We ve been in the business since 1929 and have found we can fit our guides to almost any saw.”

https://www.carterproducts.com/custom-guide-fitting

- Rich


with the cheap price of the saw 30.00 PLUS expense of carter say cheap 200.00 might as well look for something else :<))))

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

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#12 posted 07-26-2019 04:32 PM


I did peruse that earlier today. Looks like a $30 saw could quickly become a $250 saw. Certainly an option if it comes to that, thanks.

- cmacnaughton

Those are premium guides. I’m sure there are less expensive options, if you can find them that is. Mine has simple cool blocks that work fine. Over the years, I’ve replace the cool blocks, tires, tensioning spring and motor. The original motor was a 1/4 hp Westinghouse, and I was fortunate enough to have a new, unopened Daytona 3/4 hp that’s been laying around for 30 year or more. New, it looks like a motor in that class is around $150.

Tough call. If you have the time and patience to wait around for opportunities, it could be a good deal.

-- Half of what we read or hear about finishing is right. We just don’t know which half! — Bob Flexner

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#13 posted 07-26-2019 04:43 PM

Thanks, Rich and everyone else. I plan on checking it out tomorrow and if there are no deal-breaking issues with it, I’ll get it and fix it up as my time and budget allow. If nothing else, I’ll learn some things I didn’t know before.

-- –Chuck M. Nutmegger by choice

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#14 posted 07-26-2019 04:51 PM

I think it is not worth for this price, it should be better than this

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#15 posted 07-26-2019 05:17 PM

Did you get it? I would! You can spend half that at burger king and what do you have 15 minutes later?
You can always sell it…this guy did!

-- Mike

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