Ridgid Bandsaw Rehab and Modifications

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Blog entry by gfadvm posted 05-06-2013 03:25 PM 2073 reads 0 times favorited 21 comments Add to Favorites Watch

I’ve been wanting a second bandsaw and a friend offered to give me this old Ridgid. I went and picked it up on Sat and did massive cleaning and dismantleing first. The wheels had black electrical tape rather than tires (a new trick?). I replaced the tires with Carter urethane (way too pricey @ $25 EACH) but that was all I could find short notice. The table top was really rusty and nasty but the palm sander and WD40 made short work of that. I made a wooden crank for the tensioner as it works much faster than the little knob that came on it (and I like to detension it every time I turn it off). I had a Carter Stabilizer on my big saw but it wouldn’t fit on this one. Carter’s adapter was $60 plus shipping so I got the mig out, welded 2 pieces of tubing together, added a nut for a set screw, and installed. Works like a dream. Just posted this to encourage others to save some money. Edit: the stand was a little wobbly but a half lapped frame took the wobble out. The pink box contains all the “leftover” parts (original guides,bearings,etc).

-- " I'll try to be nicer, if you'll try to be smarter" gfadvm

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#1 posted 05-06-2013 03:52 PM

Really clean job. I am sure it will work great for you.

-- Mother Nature created it, I just assemble it.

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#2 posted 05-06-2013 03:53 PM

Nice rehab, Andy.
I like your “left overs” box. I’m sure Sandra will, too.

-- Gene 'The true soldier fights not because he hates what is in front of him, but because he loves what is behind him.' G. K. Chesterton

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#3 posted 05-06-2013 03:55 PM

Looks good Andy!

-- Improvise.... Adapt...... Overcome!

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#4 posted 05-06-2013 03:56 PM

Nicely done Andy!

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#5 posted 05-06-2013 04:06 PM

good job here. i always like it when a wood worker works with what he has to save money, this looks like it will work well for you andy..have a great week…...

-- GRIZZMAN ...[''''']

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#6 posted 05-06-2013 04:07 PM

i like it andy ,i have one my self and its works ok was concidering going with the carter system and a Carter Stabilizer seems to fit it well dose it make it a lot better on cuts ? that pink box is sure to not get lost :)

-- Jesus Is Alright with me

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#7 posted 05-06-2013 04:29 PM

I am digging all the anodized aluminum!
Andy she is a beauty. May it serve you well.

-- Superdav "No matter where you go - there you are."

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#8 posted 05-06-2013 04:39 PM

Nice redo! Now you can turn out boxes faster…. :)

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#9 posted 05-06-2013 05:02 PM

another new toy…! Always fun to add another tool to the shop, especially at the right price.

-- Each step of every Wood Art project I design and build is considered my masterpieceā€¦ because I want the finished product to reflect the quality and creativeness of my work

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#10 posted 05-06-2013 05:42 PM

that little cut into the block
sure says volumes andy

great gift and re-store

can you get the family to each do one tool
it sure would make cranking out boxes faster

you could just call out parts you need
like in a breakfast joint

happy for you

-- david - only thru kindness can this world be whole . If we don't succeed we run the risk of failure. Dan Quayle

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#11 posted 05-06-2013 06:54 PM


Dang Andy… it looks brandy new!

Happy Birthday!

-- Pine is fine, but Oak's no joke!

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#12 posted 05-06-2013 09:16 PM

Nice score Andy and it looks like new now! I like the stabilizer mod…...good call. I have the stabilizer on my 14” Delta…I think I like most of the time…...I think if I had a better blade I would be happier with it…....anyways – nice work on the rebuild!

-- Jeff - I have not failed. I've just found 10,002 ways that won't work.

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#13 posted 05-06-2013 11:25 PM

A FREE bandsaaw….
Carter Stabilizer, lying around….
Yeah, that gets you one official ”YOU SUCK”!!!

Congrats and enjoy!!!

-- Randy-- I may not be good...but I am slow! If good things come to those who wait.... Why is procrastination a bad thing?

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#14 posted 05-06-2013 11:57 PM

That band saw will handle a ton of work. I know lots of folks out there want 17inch band saws, but my orange Ridgid band saw has actually been a super tool capable of quite a bit with just a few small “tweaks”.

Historically, the gray Ridgid such as yours is a very well thought of, Delta era clone.

Congrats on the new toy.


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#15 posted 05-07-2013 12:40 AM

David, I think you are the only one that noticed the 5/8” spiral cut in that piece of maple (my first cut with the rehabbed saw). Good eye!

-- " I'll try to be nicer, if you'll try to be smarter" gfadvm

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