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John Olynyk

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08-18-2019 05:25 PM

I just purchased the above band saw. I got it for $75.. seems to work and cut very well. are there any reviews on it? anything I should look for any weak spots?
thanks in advance.
John

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ColoradoJake

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#1 posted 08-18-2019 05:55 PM

I actually have the same saw, I replaced the tires and blade right away as they were the stock parts from the factory still!

For me it cuts well also.

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John Olynyk

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#2 posted 08-18-2019 06:14 PM

Thanks for your reply. Where did you purchase the tires from?? are they rubber tires?
did you replace the guide blocks also to ceramic??
the blade on this one looks fairly well used, but it cut 4” diameter circle at 90 degrees really well..
Also can you suggest make of blades you use?

-- John Olynyk

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Craftsman on the lake

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#3 posted 08-18-2019 06:18 PM

I’ve got a similar one but from the 70’s. It’s still going strong. I’ve never replaced the tires. After awhile they started wandering on the wheel so I used a little contact cement and glued them on. That was two years ago. Works great.

Don’t need to replace anything else unless it stops the saw from working well. Blades aren’t too expensive. Nice to have a thin one for tight work and a wider one for heavier straighter cuts. I also like a wide course tooth one for doing an occasional cut on heavy wood.

-- The smell of wood, coffee in the cup, the wife let's me do my thing, the lake is peaceful.

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John Olynyk

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#4 posted 08-18-2019 06:29 PM

Good to hear about the saw. I bought it from a gentleman that decided to retire.
I am cutting the rings at 90 degrees to stack them for gluing. I have a 10” Craftsman that did a good job but I could only resaw a 4 1/2” board, and I needed to resaw a 6” board. my lathe will do a 12” bowl. so this band saw will do that.. will need a good 1/2” blade for resawing.. any recommendations??

I also will need to buy or build a good fence for resawing.
Bob Ogle shows how to make them on You Tube

-- John Olynyk

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ColoradoJake

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#5 posted 08-19-2019 04:15 AM


Where did you purchase the tires from?? are they rubber tires?
did you replace the guide blocks also to ceramic??
- John Olynyk

I picked up a set of urethane bandsaw tires from Woodcraft also a set of cool blocks that I only just remembered about. The urethane tires don’t need any glue but were a little bit hard to get on because they are so tight. Once they were replaced and with a new blade it cuts a good line.

I don’t remember which blade I purchased but it is a 1/2” since I mostly use my bandsaw for straight lines, but I may get a 1/4” for curves eventually. I think the tires, cool blocks, and blade was a total of $90 which was more than I was wanting to spend on a saw I paied $50 for. But it is a decent saw now!

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John Olynyk

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#6 posted 08-19-2019 03:21 PM

I have used this saw a couple of evenings now and really like the way it cuts and handles. I find raising and lowering the upper guide a bit of a nuisance. On my 10” Craftsman I loosen a lock wing nut and raise/lower with a knob. works great..

Goes anybody have plans for a fence for this saw??

-- John Olynyk

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