I have been using Craftsman 12” tilt head band saws since the late 80’s. Worked OK for what I did but the 8 amp motor would bog down at times. Wasn’t really looking to spend money on a band saw but spotted a used Jet in the local ads and decided to swap out the saws.
The new saw created 2 problems for me. 1. my entire shop is mobile so I needed to address that, and, 2. I am short and shrinking every day so I needed to lower the working height of the table. My Craftsman was 36” high and was very comfortable for me to work. My table saw and assembly table have 4” casters and i decided to use the same for the band saw. So working backwards I had the dimensions of the box.
Before I could do anything i needed a way to move 200# about the shop while I was working the new stand.
I had a piece of piece of solid core exterior door lying around and with a few casters I fashioned a platform for the Jet. This rolling platform allowed me to keep the saw out of the way. Now the new stand.
Easy – build a box and reinforce it on the top for the saw and reinforce the bottom for the motor. A couple of 2X6 fir blocks reinforce the sides and top. I had to cut a slot in the top for a drive belt but because of the way the saw attached to the box the slot didn’t weaken the support.
I left the box open on both ends for air circulation around the motor. I could close the end in if dist gets to be an issue but for now i’m running it with open ends. I got the paint guys at HD to match the Jet color and painted the thing. The motor is bolted to the box riding on neoprene washers to help absorb vibrations.
By calculations I needed a 45” belt. I debated getting a “V” belt from NAPA but decided to use a link belt. And I got a green one from HF. First time I have used one of these things. Was easy to adjust and with a little fussing I had it lined up.
I installed a new 1/4” 6 TPI blade from Lee Valley which is what I had in the Craftsman. Good for the smaller things I cut. So I haven’t done a lot with it but what I have cut was really nice. The saw runs really smooth with no vibration. I thought I would miss the larger work surface on the Craftsman but so far I haven’t. I have been using a piece of aluminum angle clamped to the surface for a fence. My TS miter works fine on the Jet.
Now I have to figure out dust collection. The jet wants to be hooked up to a 4” line and all I have is a shop vac. It looks too pretty for duct tape.