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Bandsaw Adventure #3: Update - No good news

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Blog entry by Hrolfr posted 06-19-2008 05:28 PM 850 reads 0 times favorited 14 comments Add to Favorites Watch
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I called woodcraft last Friday as it was 3 weeks after the order was to be put in for the new base. The update at that point was no update…. The woodcraft manager said he was looing into what the base was not shipped with the stock order. Well today (4 weeks after purchase and report of the issue) the manager at woodcaft calls me a few min. ago…. the reason for the delay is…. the base is on backorder until sometime in July….. While I know this is not the fault of Woodcraft but I am frustraited beyond belief….. having the base and the body of the bandsaw in the floor of my tiny shop has really prevented me from starting any real projects and it has really discoraged me from this new hobbie I have chosen to pick up….

Woodcraft has said they wold take the saw back completely if I wanted or I could wait it out until the base comes in. I am not sure what I would like to do… I really do like the Bandsaw I bought but at this point 10 days has turned into 4 weeks and now is being put off to sometime next month.. I am kind of starting to wonder if this badnsaw will ever come in and be usable….

So I am really debaiting taking the whole saw back and picking out a saw that is in stock so I can get to making some saw dust… What would you guys do????

-- Hrolfr



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Damian Penney

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#1 posted 06-19-2008 06:02 PM

Why not just put it all together and use the dented base with a couple of shims popped under it to keep it level?

-- I am always doing that which I can not do, in order that I may learn how to do it. - Pablo Picasso

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Hrolfr

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#2 posted 06-19-2008 06:09 PM

Honestly because I paid close to a grand for a bandsaw(after tax, blades and rip fence) and well it should be right. The wobble is close to a half inch(lot of space to shim) due to a seriously bad dent in the corner of the base…. there are a couple other dents but they do not seem to effect the stability of the saw.

-- Hrolfr

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fredf

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#3 posted 06-19-2008 06:35 PM

could swap bases when the replacement comes in, at least it would get the saw off the floor and making sawdust

-- Fred, Springfield, Ma

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Hrolfr

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#4 posted 06-19-2008 06:49 PM

That’s ture…. I didn’t do this before becase well it started out at only waiting 10 days…........ although I gave the wife an update and she isn’t happy and would like me to take the whiole thing back to the store and pick out another saw… so this might be what I end up doing.

-- Hrolfr

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Todd A. Clippinger

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#5 posted 06-19-2008 07:15 PM

I would take it back. I had that model with Carter bandsaw guides and an upgraded 1 1/2 hp GE motor with a thermal overload switch (I burnt the first motor out resawing russian olive wood.)

I got this 17” Grizzly and it cuts WAAAAAY better and the service from Grizzly is Johnny-on-the-spot. This cost me less than I had wrapped up in the Jet and that includes the shipping. The dust collection actually works on this one and it comes with a tension release arm, it is not an add-on.

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-- Todd A. Clippinger, Montana, http://americancraftsmanworkshop.com

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Brad_Nailor

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#6 posted 06-19-2008 07:15 PM

That would drive me nuts…I am impatient, especially when it comes to my toys! I would just use the dented base and then change it out when the new one comes in.

That is a nice looking saw Todd…

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PurpLev

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#7 posted 06-19-2008 07:22 PM

since you DO have all the necessary parts, I would just put it up with the dented base, and make-by to get it in working order this will do 2 things:

1. clear out your shop
2. get you started with the saw

once the new base comes, just swap it, and permanently have your saw setup…

I would do that because you did choose this band saw over others… so there’s gotta be a reason for that. taking this saw back, and getting a different one would just be a step down for you, besides – you DO already have the saw itself which is the main part… just make with what you’ve got. and make it better when the base comes in…

-- ㊍ When in doubt - There is no doubt - Go the safer route.

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Todd A. Clippinger

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#8 posted 06-19-2008 07:23 PM

It has been a great saw and it was a much better value than the Jet 14”.

-- Todd A. Clippinger, Montana, http://americancraftsmanworkshop.com

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#9 posted 06-19-2008 07:42 PM

Model: Grizzly G0513 17” with resaw fence

2hp 220v only motor. This may be a limiting factor for some.

WoodJack: You are 100% correct about the gloves. They are a safety risk. The issue is that in a situation where the saw blade might just nick a naked finger, it will drag a gloved hand into it and potentially remove some digit or a part of the hand.

I have a friend that had this occur on his table saw with the exact style of gloves that I am wearing. He had 4 fingers cut off his left hand. He said that if he had not been wearing the gloves, he would have only grazed his finger as he brushed by the blade.

I have to admit that I am addicted to wearing the gloves because I can grip the wood so well. But it is not setting a good example and I am putting myself at a certain level of risk.

-- Todd A. Clippinger, Montana, http://americancraftsmanworkshop.com

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Hrolfr

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#10 posted 06-19-2008 08:15 PM

Todd,

yeah the 220 killed me on this one…. I was loving it till I saw that…. also I am in a small space so I was worried about the size of the saw…. I gotta say I envy your shop man….

-- Hrolfr

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Hrolfr

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#11 posted 06-19-2008 08:17 PM

Purp,

The base moved alot… I am really new to woodworking and I am afraid that the fear of the saw moving on me would make me lose focus on what I was cutting…....

I chose this bandsaw because it fit my budget and had features I heard was good to have… I am such a noob I have only used a bandsaw once at this point and that was a delta 14in they had in the class at woodcrafters but it was just out of my budget then….. it wouldn’t be now

Brad,

It is driving me nuts I am not really that patient myself which is why taking the whole thing back and starting over is apealing to me…. this time I think I would choose something in stock LOL

-- Hrolfr

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Damian Penney

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#12 posted 06-19-2008 09:47 PM

Todd, you could try some of the vinyl ‘surgeons’ gloves, much safer as they’d just tear if they got caught.

-- I am always doing that which I can not do, in order that I may learn how to do it. - Pablo Picasso

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GaryK

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#13 posted 06-19-2008 11:40 PM

I would use the dented base until I got the new one. Once it’s shimmed up so that’s it steady, I wouldn’t worry about it.

-- Gary - Never pass up the opportunity to make a mistake look like you planned it that way - Tyler, TX

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Grumpy

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#14 posted 06-20-2008 12:32 AM

You paid hard earned money for an un-bent product. If you wait it out for a replacement base it will be worth it. Nothing worse than looking at something that is crappy & knowing you could have done something about it but didn’t.

-- Grumpy - "Always look on the bright side of life"- Monty Python

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