I finally recieved most of the needed parts for restoring the ancient Jet Bandsaw I picked up. I found a fantastic guy on eBay who was a wealth of knowledge and provides amazing service to his customers. His eBay ID is machacc and I would highly recommend him if you are looking for Machinery Parts, Tool Accessories, Router Bits, or Incra products. I don’t know much about him other than he was very helpful when I inquired about different parts, he sells at a competitive price, and ships items out quickly. I am very particular in who I refer to and Ron is one of the few people on eBay I have found that meets my standards of service.
I got all the parts I purchased installed and am very close to having the Bandsaw up and running. It’s going to be a real beauty once I get it all up and running. All that Cast Iron powered by a Bad Ass 1 3/4 HP motor is going to make slice through wood a breeze. My next step is to build a table for the machine. The cast iron table is broken and was far too small to begin with. I am planning on building Wood Magazine ””Ultimate Bandsaw Table””:http://www.woodstore.net/batasy.html geez man it’s always the “Ultimate” isn’t it.
Once the table is built I will just need a couple more screws and a blade and it will work.
Sounds ok to me, but, ya knowwwww if I am going to be messing around getting this puppy up and running what is the point in doing it without adding on a big old Riser/Height extension??! I mean come on I have all this beautiful 8/4 quilted Maple that is 10-12 inches wide. Sure would be nice to be able to re-saw that stuff. The motor has the ooomph to do it.
Ok talked myself into it ;)
I have been looking at the risers and the “recommended” height attachment is the Delta 28-984 which Delta is extremely proud of pricing it @ $134.99!! All though Jet has a 6” Height attachment Jet 708717 JRB-14 for $89.99 or so which is a little bit better. But the best price I have found is the Grizzly H3051. From what I can tell the Delta isn’t going to be a perfect match but is going to be the closest? I think? That is the downside of buying a 30 year old made in Taiwan Bandsaw, the information out there on it is sketchy at best. I have read about some people using the Grizzly Riser Block on their old Jet & Delta Bandsaws but they are all old posts without pictures or exact descriptions. If you have upgraded a similar older Bandsaw with a riser please let me know what you used and how it’s worked out. I am doing pretty well on this Bandsaw, so far I only have $175 into it, but spending another $135 on the riser block is going to almost double what I have into the best already. I would love to be able to find a lower cost alternative.
Here are some pics of the machine and the new parts I added:
Here are a couple shots of my new Clamp Cart. Only half way finished but enough to hold my clamps on it. Used scrap wood so it’s not too pretty.
Lastly, a picture of my favorite tool in the shop, my Jet DC-1200! It does a great job remove the mess from any job. The only thing I would change is the 30 micron filter bag. I am going to upgrade to the filter top eventually.
-- I wouldn't be so arrogant if you weren't such a moron!