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#1 posted 10-22-2011 09:16 PM


I agree with Lilred above. I have an old sears bandsaw. I added the link belt and Carter tires ( a bear to install) and some wolf blades. It works nice and smooth now. A set of Carter bearings may be next. The magfence works nice for resawing however some day I may get a 14” with a riser and have two saws.

I have a craftsman hybrid table saw with the grooved belt. The stock fence isn’t the best. When I save enough for the Incra fence I plan to strip it down and replace the pulleys with machined ones and add a link belt. It is a good saw for me, however after a couple years it has a little vibration on shutdown. I’m anal about vibration.

If you replace the pulleys with machined (not cast) and add a link belt you won’t have another problem for many years. Sometimes you don’t need a top of the line machine. I have found that a good machine with a few aftermarket add-ons can be a great performer. I paid $75 for the bandsaw used from a neighbor who upgraded.

-- Mike.... West Virginia. "Man is a tool using animal. Without tools he is nothing, with tools he is all.". T Carlyle

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