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Forum topic by Kasm posted 09-05-2012 05:34 PM 2491 views 0 times favorited 7 replies Add to Favorites Watch
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09-05-2012 05:34 PM

I bought a Skill benchtop bandsaw. It is 9” with 1/3HP.

I have had problem with it since I bought it. It stalls all the time, even when cutting thin materials (< 1”).

I have to feed the wood extremely slowy to be able to cut anything. I started thinking, this bandsaw was underpowered and I needed a bigger one. But I am noticing the big bandsaw capable of resaw >7” still have less than 1 HP.

Does a bandsaw blade wear out that fast? I haven’t used my bandsaw for much work. How thick of a piece of wood should I except to be able to cut with a 1/3 HP band saw and what type of feed rates?

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#1 posted 09-05-2012 05:42 PM

You have hit upon a number of things to check on and be aware of… blade sharpness, material thickness, and feeding speed. While my BS is a larger 14”, I would think that you are probably very near to the design maximum in what you are asking your 9” machine to do. I would suggest slowing your feed and checking your blade’s sharpness and number of TPI for starters.

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#2 posted 09-05-2012 05:47 PM

My old bandsaw does that all of the time. Bench top bandsaw’s have a lot of issues. The can’t cut on your line, that’s the big problem. I would never buy a bench bandsaw, I had a bench bandsaw once. It would not cut strait either, I recently got a 1936 bandsaw, and it cuts better. So I would just save up for a really nice band saw.


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#3 posted 09-05-2012 06:37 PM

The problem lies on the quality of the blade and the blade speed that you’re running your saw. Change blades and run your saw faster.

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#4 posted 09-05-2012 08:37 PM This thread might help you regarding bench-top band saws.
Best of luck.

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#5 posted 09-05-2012 09:17 PM

I bought an old 9” Toolcraft bandsaw several months ago. After replacing both tires and the bushing in the top wheel, along with a new 1/4” 8 tpi blade it’s just like having a new saw. A little noisy but very smooth. I’ve been using it mostly on 1” and 5/4, the 1/4 horse motor acts like it’s loafing, no effort at all.
I think this saw might be one of the few tools I ever bought that I got more than I expected for the price I paid.
If your saw motor actually stalls, I might guess that’s it geared to high.

-- I cut it off 3 times and it's still too short!

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#6 posted 09-05-2012 09:34 PM

I had a similar problem and just by tightening the drive belt it made all the difference. On my jet I just moved the motor mount back to tension. If that is not the cause of your problem, then a better blade say 1/4×6tpi.
Nothing more frustrating than a tool that won’t work right, fortunately most problems are fixable without spending a lt.
You can look at my post on a supplier for blades, economical great product and service.

-- honing my craft one mistake at a time.

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#7 posted 09-06-2012 02:15 PM

Just look at my signature and you’ll find a good supplier for quality blades!

-- "someone has to be wounded for others to be saved, someone has to sacrifice for others to feel happiness, someone has to die so others could live"

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