Bandsaw Reclamation Project

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Blog entry by Crushgroovin posted 09-26-2010 11:55 PM 12813 reads 0 times favorited 8 comments Add to Favorites Watch

I spend a bit of time every day browsing Craigslist for Wood & Tool Bargains. This past Thursday I found an early 80’s 1 3/4hp 14” Jet Bandsaw for $40! I picked it up on Friday!


While there is quite a bit of work that needs to be done, I am very excited about this machine. The 1 3/4 hp motor is quite big for this type of machine and works great. The wheels and infastructure are in fantastic shape. It is one heave piece of machine. Most of it is Cast Iron.


There is some rust but it is all on parts that are removable. I have already removed all of the and used a rust remover I got from Harbor Freight. I used it to refurbish my Shopsmith Bandsaw & Jointer so I know it works.

The main table is broken, but really I am not that excited about using a 3,000 pound Cast Iron Table. Instead I plan to build the “Ultimate Bandsaw Table” from Wood magazine issue #194.


There are some major parts that are broken. The Blade tensioner is completely broken. I have a friend who owns a welding business so my first option is to see if he can repair it for me. If that doesn’t work out I can look at buying a replacement off of Ebay or building on of the adjustable shop built tensioner’s I have seen of LJ’s.


The upper and lower Blade guides are either missing or broken. I have already found a source for them. Looks like they are pretty easily accessible. Just waiting for the users manual I purchased to get here before I order those parts.



All in All I am hoping that I can get it back up and in working order for under $100. Once it is fixed I will sell my Shopsmith Bandsaw to offset the costs of this new, stand alone version. I have gotten sick and tired of lugging the Shopsmith one off and on my Mark V all of the time. Plus I really want something with more Re-saw capacity. If I end up keeping the Jet Bandsaw I will be buying a risor extension block for it.

So there we go another fixer upper for a guy who knows nothing about fixing up or repairing machines!! As always I am open to knowledgeable insight from anyone who has undertaken a similar project. So if you have repaired an older Bandsaw feel free to give me some insight. I am not one for spending my time re-inventing the wheel!

-- I wouldn't be so arrogant if you weren't such a moron!

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#1 posted 09-27-2010 12:20 AM

Hi guy.

Congrats on the buy. Once the rebuild is done, you’ll be in resaw heaven! I’m a big fan of anyone who is into saving these beautiful old tools from the scrap heap. My hat’s off to you.

-- The nicer the nice, the higher the price!

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#2 posted 09-27-2010 12:38 AM

That sure looks like fun, good luck with it.

-- Ohh mann...pancakes and boobies...I'll bet that's what Heaven is like! ♣ ♣ ♣ ♣

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#3 posted 09-27-2010 02:10 AM

I think the frog (blade tensioner) is made of “white” or “pot” metal and can not be welded or repaired. Had the same thing happen to my Bridgewood band saw. Had to replace it.

Nice score, however!


-- Lew- Time traveler. Purveyor of the Universe's finest custom rolling pins.

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#4 posted 09-27-2010 06:30 AM

Keep taking pics as you go along in the BS restoration
It will be some work, but I am sure you will get it running better than new

-- Scott "Some days you are the big dog, some days you are the fire hydrant"

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#5 posted 09-27-2010 06:49 AM

That a great price. the original owner could have gotten more selling it as scrap metal.

I like it better when those tools end up being refurbished and reused.

good luck!

-- Abbas, Castro Valley, CA

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#6 posted 09-27-2010 08:05 AM

thanks for the kind words!

I committed to buying it as soon as I found out the motor still worked. Didn’t matter how much it was broken cause if all else failed I could get at least a 100 bucks for the motor on Craigslist. I was very very happy when I found out that the only broken parts were those that could be replaced I was ecstatic.

Today I took the rusted parts out of their bath. They are all now completely rust free!!!!! I then got out my tub of paste wax and and gave them all a good once over to make sure they don’t develop any new rust in the near future.

Now I get to wait a few days for the manual I ordered to arrive. I am so excited to get the puppy up and running. It’s funny, I have spent much more time restoring machinery than making sawdust. But then again on my budget I can’t afford anything that doesn’t have at least a little rust on it. I tried the “Harbor Freight” route but quickly decided that I would rather have nothing than the crap I could afford.

Now to get this project completed before I find another diamond in the rough. Maybe a Jointer….......

-- I wouldn't be so arrogant if you weren't such a moron!

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Jamie Speirs

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#7 posted 09-27-2010 10:20 AM

Now that is u fun project. Look forward to watching the progress.

-- Who is the happiest of men? He who values the merits of others, and in their pleasure takes joy, even as though 'twere his own. --Johann Wolfgang von Goethe

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#8 posted 05-23-2012 09:46 PM

While perusing, I came across your reclamation project which I hope is complete and bringing you much satisfaction now. What caught my eye on this is – I have the same saw bought in early ‘84. I did lots with it early on and little things over the years, but I’m recently retired and have been refurbing my old tools and picking up a couple I’ve never owned. I am currently working on the bandsaw and just put new urethane tires on yesterday and painted the wheel covers this morning. Mine has sat in my shed/workshop all these years and everything still works as it should. I used mine more for a scroll saw, but have read some good articles on re-sawing and hope to get good at that. My few attempts at it were failures, but I now know that you need a really top notch blade (not just a new one) and you need to set up for the bias created by the blade when you set up the resaw fence. If you have time, I’d like to know how you’re doing in general with your JBS14 and particularly, if you’ve had success with re-sawing. I bought an Orbit drill press at the same time (sold as a Jet drill press back then, but bears the Orbit label). Just cleaned it up and found it to be in very good shape mechanically. These Taiwan imports should certainly outlast me, but I’ll do my best to give ‘em a run for their money!

-- Like Guy Clark sez - "Sometimes I use my head, Sometimes I get a bigger hammer"

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