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Forum topic by Thorxes posted 10-24-2020 06:49 PM 321 views 0 times favorited 7 replies Add to Favorites Watch
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Thorxes

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10-24-2020 06:49 PM

I’ve come across this band saw. It runs ok. But the brand isn’t something I’ve ever seen before.

Does anyone know what brand parts would be compatible with this?

Also, assuming it’s operational, what would you say is a fair price for it?


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#1 posted 10-25-2020 05:07 PM

I have to ask…..Did you try an internet search….as I just did.

In a quick search I found IMS seems to make mostly metal cutting band saws. I found this 14” wood one at a couple of expired (2014 & 2018) auction sites starting at about $250. A more thorough search may find more….

Parts that wear on band saws are usually bearings the wheel cover and guides and those should be available without much problem finding replacements.

-- Les B, Oregon

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#2 posted 10-25-2020 10:04 PM



I have to ask…..Did you try an internet search….as I just did.

In a quick search I found IMS seems to make mostly metal cutting band saws. I found this 14” wood one at a couple of expired (2014 & 2018) auction sites starting at about $250. A more thorough search may find more….

Parts that wear on band saws are usually bearings the wheel cover and guides and those should be available without much problem finding replacements.

- LesB

I did but nothing specific came up in relation to IMS. Just a bunch of hits for the main bandsaw brands and blade/accessory ads.

I had also heard that some of these have “twins” in that they share parts. Like central machine and delta. Was curious if anyone knew what was the matching brand for this one.

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#3 posted 10-25-2020 10:09 PM

That looks like a standard Taiwan clone saw that were badged by dozens of smaller companies.

I might pay $100 for it because it may require quite some work to get it cutting smoothly.

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#4 posted 10-25-2020 10:13 PM



That looks like a standard Taiwan clone saw that were badged by dozens of smaller companies.

I might pay $100 for it because it may require quite some work to get it cutting smoothly.

- Loren

Thanks for the feedback! That’s kind of what I was thinking – but it’s a decent drive away, and I’m currently not really hard up for a bandsaw.

I just know it’s an estate sale kind of thing after a woman’s husband passed away and they’re having trouble selling a bunch of items. This was one. I figured the rural location combined with the offbrand was probably why.

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#5 posted 10-25-2020 11:51 PM

What is the blade size?

Some of the 14” Taiwan band saws that cloned the Delta 2 knob cover hold down; have one drawback:
They use s 92-1/2” blade length that is not commonly found at retail stores. The original Delta and most newer 14” cast iron frame band saw clones use a 93-1/2” blade; that is sold everywhere.

Some of the 92” blade saws will use 1” longer blades, many will not. Those that can use longer blade are often at maximum tension adjustment and more prone to breakage with high blade tension on wide blades.

HF sold the same band saw, and carries junk blades sized to fit; giving that clone saw design a poor reputation.

Hence, the 92-1/2” blade length tends to make the less popular.

YMMV

-- If it wasn't for bad luck, I wouldn't have no luck at all, - Albert King - Born Under a Bad Sign released 1967

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#6 posted 10-26-2020 05:24 PM

Regarding off size blades.

It is easy to get custom made blades. My local saw shop makes them for me all the time for my Harbor Freight 17” saw that uses 131 1/2” blades. There is no extra charge for the custom size you pay by he inch regardless. Most other online suppliers will make them too.

-- Les B, Oregon

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#7 posted 10-26-2020 05:34 PM



Regarding off size blades.

It is easy to get custom made blades. My local saw shop makes them for me all the time for my Harbor Freight 17” saw that uses 131 1/2” blades. There is no extra charge for the custom size you pay by he inch regardless. Most other online suppliers will make them too.

- LesB

Yeah I wasn’t so worried about the blade size. Was more concerned with things like a riser, wheels, etc.

I think they said they’d entertain $80 – but even at that price I don’t see a whole lot of value. The time to get out there, plus gas and muscle to get it transported makes me feel like a resale for $200 wouldn’t really be worth it. Can’t really see getting much more than that.

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