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Vespa Bob
07-09-2014, 09:27 AM
I know I have come across threads discussing band saws, but now that I want one, I can't seem to find them! I hope you will forgive me bringing the subject up again. My question is simply this: If the thickest material I am likely to cut is for neck blanks, or say 2 1/2" thick hard woods, what is the smallest band saw I'd need? I know that the usual answer is to buy the best you can afford, but right now I can't afford too much and since I won't ever be doing things like re sawing, I don't want to buy something beyond my needs. I've been scouring Craigslist and most of the larger (14") are either old or expensive. 10" models offered by Craftsman and others are within my budget, but would they do the job? Help me make a wise decision here!

Cheers,

Bob

Kekani
07-09-2014, 09:48 AM
I got a cheap ass 14 Porter Cable from Lowe's. Love it, for what it is. I was looking for a used 12 or 14 Delta, but those prices matched the PC. I burned my 10, which worked for a while, or so I thought. 2 1/2" will be too thick for a 10.

Look for an old, used 12 or 14 Delta or Rockwell. Sometimes, upgrading guides on an old saw is better than new.

ericchico
07-09-2014, 09:59 AM
I see the Craftsman 12" 1/2 hp models on CL every once in a while for less than $150. A friend gave me his when he got a new one and I do alot on it. I have resawed with it using a 1/2" 3tpi blade and just as long as I go slow and use a fence I can make it work. If your just cutting 2 1/2 blanks than you should be fine with even a 10 inch just as long as the teeth are clearing the material and the set up is proper. Im sure there is more to it than what Im posting, good luck

Pete Howlett
07-09-2014, 10:06 AM
Searching through ebay I saw this (http://www.ebay.com/itm/Vintage-Delta-Rockwell-Band-Saw-model-28-100-10-Band-saw-w-Dunlap-Motor-1-3-HP-/400736522834?pt=LH_DefaultDomain_0&hash=item5d4dc21252) if you can afford the shipping. I'd love this little thing :) This is the sort of thing you want... find one locally; they will be lurking in the corner of someone's shop
in your neighbourhood.

Wildestcat
07-09-2014, 10:21 AM
I manage all the tasks you mention with an Electra Beckum / Metabo BAS 250 as shown here: http://www.powertooldirect.co.uk/elektra-beckum-metabo-bas250-bandsaw-p-77674.html
This is a 254mm (10") machine and copes with 70 mm thick mahogany guitar neck blanks using 1/4" x 6 TPI blades. I find that wider blades do not work as well, and 6 TPI is the coarsest I can find in the 1712 mm length.

ericchico
07-09-2014, 10:27 AM
I see the Craftsman 12" 1/2 hp models on CL every once in a while for less than $150. A friend gave me his when he got a new one and I do alot on it. I have resawed with it using a 1/2" 3tpi blade and just as long as I go slow and use a fence I can make it work. If your just cutting 2 1/2 blanks than you should be fine with even a 10 inch just as long as the teeth are clearing the material and the set up is proper. Im sure there is more to it than what Im posting, good luck

http://redding.craigslist.org/tls/4501157983.html
a good drive from San Jose but this is like the one I use, nothing great but you will see these all the time they are very common

Gyozu
07-09-2014, 11:03 AM
Every now nd then I see a 14" Delta for sale in the $200 region. Often, they need a bit of work, like rust removal and new bearings in addition to a motor and possibly a stand. The more work you are willing to do, the lower your cash outlay. The Ridgid version of the 14" is a decent working saw. You will get the most of of the tool through proper setup and blade choice.

If you have the inclination, you can make your own all wood 16" saw with plans from Woodgears. http://woodgears.ca/bandsaw/homemade.html
There is also a company Called Gilliom that sells plans and finished castings to make both a 12" and a 18" along with a drivetrain adapater to cut metal.

Just some thoughts
Good Hunting.

Edit:

http://sfbay.craigslist.org/eby/tls/4556249005.html

search both bandsaw and band saw

Just saw this. If I was closer I'd be all over it.
If you are up to it, I think this would be a great user.
http://sfbay.craigslist.org/eby/atq/4554273868.html

Here is a thread on a similar saw.
http://owwm.org/viewtopic.php?f=1&t=142520&hilit=wallace+band+saw#url

and some images of others as found and refinished.
http://www.vintagemachinery.org/mfgIndex


(http://www.vintagemachinery.org/mfgIndex/detail.aspx?id=809&tab=4)

resoman
07-09-2014, 11:08 AM
I used a 10" Craftsman for a long time and it was fine for the little stuff like you want to do but if you can find a saw like Pete gave you a link to that would be the bomb. If you do get a 10" I guarantee you will upgrade sooner or later.

Michael N.
07-09-2014, 11:30 AM
Perhaps but if he buys a used one in decent condition he can always resell it sometime later. It's pretty unlikely he will lose much. I once bought a used lathe and a little bandsaw for 30 each. Used them for a couple of years and sold them for what I paid.
Can't complain about that!

Michael Smith
07-09-2014, 11:41 AM
I believe you best bang for the buck would be a used 14 inch saw. I have a couple of 14 inch deltas and they work quite well for all aspects of instrument making other than serious resawing. Used bandsaws can be a really good value and I would much rather have a used 14 inch saw than a new smaller saw. I don't know of any carbide blades that can be run on a smaller saw. I don't know where you live but if you have a decent craigslist near you get an alert app for your phone or set up an alert on the web so the moment a bandsaw comes on you get a notification and jump on a good deal first. I have gotten decent 14" deltas for as low as $75 that needed cleaning up.

Vespa Bob
07-09-2014, 01:48 PM
Thanks so much for the effort you have put in to assist me in my quest. I was hoping to find something in reasonable condition for under $100 but I can see now that it's not likely. Those that I have seen on Craigslist are either too old, too expensive or too far away! I don't mind doing minor repairs and general cleanup, but I'd rather be building ukes than do a major rebuild on a band saw, intriguing as it appears to be! I'll be patient and prepared to pay more than originally intended until a 12" or 14"machine shows up.
Thanks again, you guys are great!

Cheers,

Bob

jcalkin
07-09-2014, 04:13 PM
This is an intriguing thread.I've had a 14" bandsaw with riser for decades, but I find myself looking at the little bandsaws at Lowe's and thinking how handy it would be for the little stuff. BTW, I've found that keeping any small saw in tune is a PITA. For a couple years now I've done all my resawing on a 10" table saw, and on thicker stock just cutting the remaining web of wood on the bandsaw. Its not efficient as far as gleaning the most yield, but its fast and saves me a lot of frustration. Resawing uke wood this way is a piece of cake.

rudy
07-09-2014, 04:49 PM
This is an intriguing thread.I've had a 14" bandsaw with riser for decades, but I find myself looking at the little bandsaws at Lowe's and thinking how handy it would be for the little stuff. BTW, I've found that keeping any small saw in tune is a PITA. For a couple years now I've done all my resawing on a 10" table saw, and on thicker stock just cutting the remaining web of wood on the bandsaw. Its not efficient as far as gleaning the most yield, but its fast and saves me a lot of frustration. Resawing uke wood this way is a piece of cake.
Bought one of those, it sat around for a year or two and I moved it on. Just not much use for it if you already have a larger saw. In practice, I just used the bigger saw and never bothered using the small one.

To the OP, don't purchase anything smaller than a 12". I have the 12" Delta that I purchased several years ago and I love it. It's also small enough so I can easily move it around by myself. I've also modified it with a 3" riser as I occasionally re-saw 9" lumber with it.
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Vespa Bob
07-09-2014, 05:06 PM
Thanks again for further advice. Right now, I'm considering this, although it's a fair distance away:
http://monterey.craigslist.org/tls/4510626182.html
Waiting to hear from the seller.

Cheers,

Bob

dustartist
07-09-2014, 10:44 PM
Don't get that one. Get a used Delta 14". Seriously, they can be found cheaply, just be patient. All you need to refurbish one and tune it up is available from Iturra Designs. I have a Rockwell 14" from the 60's that I got for $140, put a 2HP sealed Baldor motor in it, bought some new tires from Iturra for it and it is better than a new one. You don't want that Craftsman piece of crap.

Red Cliff
07-09-2014, 10:56 PM
Just to be different I will say that for what you want to do you can go smaller than a 14".

If you can find one somewhere, I would recommend something like this:

http://www.amazon.com/708901-JWBS-12OS-2-Horsepower-Woodworking-115-Volt/dp/B00002265N/ref=pd_sxp_f_pt

Jet and a few other companies used to make really solid cast iron framed 12" bandsaws - I have one myself - just don't have room for anything bigger.

With the right blade, and well tuned you will be surprised what they can do. I regularly slice through 8" Mahogany for backs and sides and it only has a 1/2 HP motor (but a good motor - they aren't all the same even though they claim to have the same power) - here is a pic of some sliced mahogany:


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Giles.

Timbuck
07-10-2014, 04:51 AM
I started off with a 10" then I started resawing side pieces successfuly...so then I had a desire to resaw the backs and fronts as well but couldn't get the 8" height ....So I upgraded to a 14" and now somtimes I wish i'd gone for a 16" instead.

Michael N.
07-10-2014, 08:36 AM
Yes, it's easy to go bigger and bigger. If you are lucky you might end up with a bandsaw bigger than your house!
There are plenty of those 14" old Deltas in the US. They always seem to get a fair press. Ukuleles aren't big instruments, so such a bandsaw will easily cope.
Don't forget you will need dust extraction as well.

RPA_Ukuleles
07-10-2014, 10:37 AM
The 10" Rikon is a great small band saw. Can sometimes find it for $200. The Craftsman 10" is the exact same unit and can be had for $169 on sale. Resaw height is 4.5" which is limiting, but if you're not planning to resaw... Check out a good review/overview video of the saw on Highland Woodworkings website. I had two of these for a while, got one of them in perfect shape on Craigslist for $100 even.

+++ on the dust extraction comment

Vespa Bob
07-10-2014, 02:46 PM
I'm tempted to buy a 10" saw, simply because of price and physical size, but, like so many are wisely saying, I feel I should go bigger. Nonetheless, I'm sure that I won't be cutting anything larger than ukulele necks, so I guess I'll keep looking for a used 12" or 14" for a while, then out of frustration, run out and buy a new 10"!
Thanks so much for all your suggestions, I have learned so much here about uke building and playing, I hope that I can be of help in the future.

Cheers,

Bob

rudy
07-11-2014, 03:28 AM
I'm tempted to buy a 10" saw, simply because of price and physical size, but, like so many are wisely saying, I feel I should go bigger. Nonetheless, I'm sure that I won't be cutting anything larger than ukulele necks, so I guess I'll keep looking for a used 12" or 14" for a while, then out of frustration, run out and buy a new 10"!
Thanks so much for all your suggestions, I have learned so much here about uke building and playing, I hope that I can be of help in the future.

Cheers,

Bob

Don't do it!

Once you drop below 12" the saws become much more like a scroll saw than a real band saw. When you get to 12" they are built heavier and can accomodate larger blades. Resawing can be done effectively with lower horsepower, it's a matter of having the right type of blade and it being sharp. My lowly 12" can resaw 9" effectively, and the 12" saw is easy to roll around where I need it.

If you have room and a bit larger budget a 14" is the generally accepted "standard" small shop saw. I'm cheap (and old...) so I prefer my smaller, cheaper 12".

Vespa Bob
07-11-2014, 04:08 AM
How about this one?
http://sacramento.craigslist.org/tls/4554021796.html

rudy
07-11-2014, 11:02 AM
How about this one?
http://sacramento.craigslist.org/tls/4554021796.html

That's my saw. I love it, and have modified mine with a 3" riser but that's a pretty advanced project. I bought mine on sale many years ago for $200, so it hurts to see a used price of $150, but everything is expensive now. You can load it with a 1/2" 3 tpi bi-metal skip tooth blade and do anything you want with it.

RPA_Ukuleles
07-11-2014, 03:15 PM
Is that an aluminum table on that saw?

Vespa Bob
07-11-2014, 05:30 PM
I've just talked to the owner of the saw. Unfortunately he's a long way off, but I'm going to see him on Monday. I asked about the table and he said that it's steel. He said it's in good shape other than needing a new blade. Wish me luck!

Cheers,

Bob

Matt Clara
07-12-2014, 10:09 AM
When I was on the hunt for a band saw, Paul from Koaloha (who's a member here) told me that eventually I would want to resaw wood, and that I should get the largest motor I could afford. He was right, and I've been happy with my choice of a Grizzly G0555X (http://www.amazon.com/Grizzly-G0555X-Extreme-Series-Bandsaw/dp/B00DTQ2R7Q). The only thing I'd add to that is that you'll also eventually want to resaw a board wider than 6", and while you can buy the riser block for the Grizzly, I kind of wish I'd gone with this Rikon (http://www.amazon.com/Rikon-10-325-14-Inch-Deluxe-Band/dp/B002FL3ZFY/) with the same size motor as the Grizzly, but with 13" resaw capacity. It's work area doesn't look quite as sturdy as the Grizzly cast iron, but the saw gets stellar reviews, so it can't be too bad. It's price has gone up (as has the Grizzly) since I was looking at them, but the Grizzly at least gives you a lot of bang for your buck. In addition to more resaw, I now want either a 10" bench top band saw or a scroll saw, because I get tired of swapping blades on the Grizzly. I basically use only two blades, though: a 3/4" think kerf Timberwolf for resaw, and a 1/8" Timberwolf for detail work. Timberwolf makes great blades.

Kekani
07-12-2014, 10:47 AM
When I was on the hunt for a band saw, Paul from Koaloha (who's a member here) told me that eventually I would want to resaw wood, and that I should get the largest motor I could afford. He was right, and I've been happy with my choice of a Grizzly G0555X (http://www.amazon.com/Grizzly-G0555X-Extreme-Series-Bandsaw/dp/B00DTQ2R7Q). The only thing I'd add to that is that you'll also eventually want to resaw a board wider than 6", and while you can buy the riser block for the Grizzly, I kind of wish I'd gone with this Rikon (http://www.amazon.com/Rikon-10-325-14-Inch-Deluxe-Band/dp/B002FL3ZFY/) with the same size motor as the Grizzly, but with 13" resaw capacity. It's work area doesn't look quite as sturdy as the Grizzly cast iron, but the saw gets stellar reviews, so it can't be too bad. It's price has gone up (as has the Grizzly) since I was looking at them, but the Grizzly at least gives you a lot of bang for your buck. In addition to more resaw, I now want either a 10" bench top band saw or a scroll saw, because I get tired of swapping blades on the Grizzly. I basically use only two blades, though: a 3/4" think kerf Timberwolf for resaw, and a 1/8" Timberwolf for detail work. Timberwolf makes great blades.

This is why I have two bandsaws. End of story - swapped the 3" Stellite on the Hitachi to 1" Lenox, Bi-metal first, then Tri-master, which is almost as expensive as the Stellite. Trimaster - done. Timberwolf and Woodslicers are really good, but dull SUPER fast (Woodslicer more than Timberwolf). IME.

For the 2nd saw, I ran my 10" forever. Burned it out and replaced with the 14" (as posted earlier). Bottom line, I wish I spent money on the 14" (or 12" as they were available at that time) first. Quality of cut is something you can put a price tag on.

I believe most the responses are not to have you spend more money, but actually to save more money in the long run, and learn from (some of) our mis-purchases.

Vespa Bob
07-12-2014, 12:21 PM
I came aacross this one while browsing. Too old, too small, or is it a good buy? I haven't got a clue, but the price is good!:)
http://sfbay.craigslist.org/sby/tls/4556201500.html

Cheers,

Bob

Kekani
07-12-2014, 01:02 PM
I came aacross this one while browsing. Too old, too small, or is it a good buy? I haven't got a clue, but the price is good!:)
http://sfbay.craigslist.org/sby/tls/4556201500.html

Cheers,

Bob
Personally, from the looks, it costs too much. Of course, this may be an antique worth lots of money - I'm not sure. I'd guess its at least a 12", so size wise you're in the right ballpark, but add in guides, blades, and stuff to tune it (which it looks like it needs a lot of), and you just more than doubled the price.

Spend a little more. This is the exact saw I have, without casters. He may be motivated to move it at a lower price. It's $450 new at Lowes.
http://sfbay.craigslist.org/sby/tls/4553912794.html

If I had a Grizzly close by, I would've spent more on a better saw, but this one was on island. Swapped out the blade, installed cool blocks, and its good for what its supposed to be. Could be way better on the table insert, it has crap for dust collection. Cuts WAY better than my 10".

If Lowes had this in stock at the time, this would've been it:
http://www.lowes.com/pd_59964-70-28-276_0__?productId=1209197

rudy
07-12-2014, 02:29 PM
Is that an aluminum table on that saw?

It IS a cast and machined aluminum table, no matter what the owner says it is.

No replacement guides or upgrades are necessary, it's good as it stands if it is in good mechanical condition. I don't like many saws under 14", but this one was a sleeper when it was in production. Best bang for the buck out there when new at slightly over $200.

Vespa Bob
07-13-2014, 11:47 AM
Thanks, Rudy, I'll be looking at it tomorrow, but it's about 3 1/2 hours away!:(

Michael N.
07-13-2014, 12:24 PM
I came aacross this one while browsing. Too old, too small, or is it a good buy? I haven't got a clue, but the price is good!:)
http://sfbay.craigslist.org/sby/tls/4556201500.html

Cheers,

Bob

Actually that Bandsaw might make for a pretty good user. Some of the older types were built pretty sturdy and a Bandsaw is a simple machine. It would need a very close look to make sure the bearings are OK and the wheels still run true. It's fairly cheap but best seen as a restoration project. Motor is a bit small and the depth of cut may not be huge but it should easily cut your 2 1/2" and more. It's the kind of thing that I would go for, although it may not be that suitable for someone who doesn't know bandsaws and who just wants to get a saw that works.
Guides are easy to fabricate. Even simple hardwood dowels make excellent side guides, as you can virtually touch the blade with them. Most of the time there's no need to spend huge amounts of money on guides and tyres. You do need a good blade though, that will make a significant difference.
I never can understand this idea that you should buy a bandsaw much bigger than your needs. Sure your needs may change but providing you aren't buying new (or overpaying) there is always the option of reselling and then buying the bigger bandsaw. My current bandsaw is 12 years old (bought from new, cheap as they come, 6 " depth of cut). It cost around $300. I could sell it tomorrow for $150 and I've had 12 years use from it. Things are even better if you buy used. You just have to avoid buying the stuff with 'issues'.

Timbuck
07-14-2014, 01:39 AM
Here is an interesting bandsaw video ..I think i'll build one of these jigs for when the next good blade breaks http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=mzKSk_Zs0Ew

resoman
07-14-2014, 05:14 AM
Ken,
That's how I've been making up blades for years. My father in law taught me that method. You have to have the right silver solder tho. I didn't watch the vid to the end and maybe he did this but we anneal the join but going back and reheating the join and pulling away slowly. Helps prevent breakage of the blade. My father in law was cleaning up the join with a grinder that had a flap wheel on the other side. You can imagine what happened when the blade got caught by the flap wheel!!

Vespa Bob
07-14-2014, 06:14 PM
Well, my gut feeling tells me this is what I've been holding out for! The seller doesn't know the make, but, from what I can see, it looks like a well built piece of machinery, and, best of all, it's close by! I'm going to take a look tomorrow.
http://sfbay.craigslist.org/sby/tls/4566502056.html

Cheers,

Bob

Kekani
07-14-2014, 09:57 PM
Motor wrapped in foil - not a good sign. Be sure to give it a good look over, tires, guides, etc. That said, those guides look like there may not be parts for it - just be sure it can be adjusted and is not frozen.

Old stuff is good, but you gotta be aware of what you'll need to put into it to make it operate properly. That one looks like it needs some work. If it does, drop the price.

Michael N.
07-15-2014, 12:04 AM
Seems the earlier one at $90 was made by Delta:

http://www.woodworkingtalk.com/f12/old-homecraft-bandsaw-49212/

rudy
07-15-2014, 01:30 AM
The biggest problem with the Delta Homecraft saw is that the main shaft uses oilite bronze bearings. If there is shaft or bearing wear it will require a machine shop to fabricate those parts which might end up costing a bunch of money. Hopefully it had light use and that won't be an issue.

rudy
07-15-2014, 01:32 AM
Well, my gut feeling tells me this is what I've been holding out for! The seller doesn't know the make, but, from what I can see, it looks like a well built piece of machinery, and, best of all, it's close by! I'm going to take a look tomorrow.
http://sfbay.craigslist.org/sby/tls/4566502056.html

Cheers,

Bob

Looks like gramps slapped a fractional hp open frame dryer motor on that saw. It might be OK, though.
Odd that someone would list an ad without a front photo. I wonder if there's a reason for that...

Vespa Bob
07-15-2014, 07:02 AM
I'm getting nervous about this one now :confused: There is a front view, though:

rudy
07-15-2014, 03:57 PM
That's a view of the right side, not the front.

Vespa Bob
07-15-2014, 04:20 PM
Boy, is my face red!:o

Vespa Bob
07-16-2014, 06:04 PM
Well, I finally made up my mind to get a saw that was relatively new, so parts wouldn't be an issue and bought a Craftsman 12" model. It's in good shape, was sold by the widow of an RC modeler, so I felt that I was doing the right thing, being an ex modeler myself. It came with a vacuum hose which fits on my wet vac, four spare blades and a fence. I've played around with it and it cuts beautifully. I'm sure it will be more than I'll ever need. I know someone warned me against a Craftsman, but, in reality, I don't see why I should have any problems with it. I want to thank everyone who participated in helping me choose a used bandsaw. Perhaps others in the same situation will benefit from your comments.

Cheers,

Bob

Gyozu
07-17-2014, 03:48 AM
Congratulations! However, the order of vicarious luthiers deems this thread unfinished without the obligatory photo of the new aquisition. Preferebly situated infront of the garge door.

Clean it up, set it up and start making sawdust.

Red Cliff
07-17-2014, 07:52 AM
Check the tyres/wheels - buy new tyres if necessary.

Make/invest in a good fence with the ability to adjust for drift.

Make sure all the blocks/bearings are in good nick and replace as required.

Buy thin gauge (0.020") 1/2" blades for ripping stock to ensure you can get sufficient blade tension on the band saw which can be a problem on smaller saws running wide blades.

Enjoy.

Timbuck
07-17-2014, 09:06 AM
Anybody know a good place in the UK to get custom length Bi-metal bandsaw blades for resaw work?

Vespa Bob
07-17-2014, 12:38 PM
As requested, here's a pic, although it's already in the garage, not outside the door! I appreciate all the words of advice I've been given and have checked it out carefully. It has not been used very much, so the belts and guides are all in good shape. I have tried taking a thin slice off a piece of 3" mahogany and it makes a straight cut both horizontally and vertically. I'm very pleased. I'm looking forward to using it on my next project, another Favilla replica. Thanks all.

69084

Bob

resoman
07-17-2014, 05:44 PM
Bob, we used a saw like that every day in our machine shop for many years and it held up well, did a good job.

Michael N.
07-17-2014, 11:23 PM
Anybody know a good place in the UK to get custom length Bi-metal bandsaw blades for resaw work?

Tuff saws. Will cut and weld to length.

http://www.tuffsaws.co.uk/index.php?route=product/category&path=2_4_18

His blades are always well thought of. I buy thin guage/kerf blades and a vari tooth resaw from him. Never tried the bi metal.

Red Cliff
07-18-2014, 02:29 AM
+1 for Tuff Saws.

Or you can try Tru Cut who is also excellent. http://www.trucutbandsaws.co.uk/price_list_bimetal.htm

I have used his bi-metal blades are they are very good, with a range of pitch options and different gauges.

ericchico
07-18-2014, 04:37 AM
As requested, here's a pic, although it's already in the garage, not outside the door! I appreciate all the words of advice I've been given and have checked it out carefully. It has not been used very much, so the belts and guides are all in good shape. I have tried taking a thin slice off a piece of 3" mahogany and it makes a straight cut both horizontally and vertically. I'm very pleased. I'm looking forward to using it on my next project, another Favilla replica. Thanks all.

69084

Bob

Im no Luthier but I like to make stuff and I make alot on that same bandsaw and even re-sawed all the mahogany with a home made fence for my last two Uke builds. One of my most used tools besides my bottle opener.

Kekani
07-18-2014, 05:23 PM
I think I speak for some others that have responded, and are relieved that you didn't get a 10. Nice that you got a 12 - as you already know, it'll do the job.

Pete Howlett
07-19-2014, 02:29 AM
Used one of those when I lived and worked in Akron - great hobby machine. Pity you couldn't get on old Delta. I've just bought a new 14" WARCO for $1000 and it is heavy, accurate and a dream to use.

Vespa Bob
07-19-2014, 07:12 AM
I got tired of looking when I should be sawing! I'm amazed at how much I've used the saw already! Regarding $1000 tools, I'm afraid that's out of my league!

Cheers,

Bob

Timbuck
07-19-2014, 07:32 AM
This spares list could come in handy if you need to do any repairs on it Bob :)
http://www.searspartsdirect.com/partsdirect/part-model/craftsman-parts/saw-parts/model-11324200/0247/0744100/00018281/00001

Vespa Bob
07-19-2014, 05:03 PM
Thank you , Timbuck, I've bookmarked that link. So far everything checks out in good nick fortunately.

Cheers,

Bob

Timbuck
07-19-2014, 09:35 PM
I found out that the bearings on my bandsaw were a weak point..They soon got clogged up with micro fine dust, So I replaced all of them (including the guide bearings) with the more expensive rubber sealed type http://www.ebay.co.uk/itm/6900-2RS-6900RS-61900-RS-SERIES-RUBBER-SEALED-BEARING-/310328170762?pt=UK_sportsleisure_cycling_bikeparts _SR&var=&hash=item484100190a#ht_1246wt_952 ..The stop start and safety switches are also prone to dust penetration..So it's a good idea to open up the covers and give the internals a good vaccuuming after every usage ;)