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Custom made sanding belts for the band saw

Custom made sanding belts for the band saw

02-28-2013 07:51 PM by PatrickB | 4 comments »

I ordered these a week ago and love them. You can order them any length with many widths to choose from. I ordered 3 ea. in 1/4”, 3/8”, & 1/2” in varying grits and they are the cats meow. The only down side was it took a while for them to arrive, about two weeks. Remove the bearing guides and set the tension and away you go. I’ve used them on end grain, curves, tight areas, they fit just about any where. The main thing is have one of those sanding belt belt cleaner...

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Carter MagFence II

Carter MagFence II

01-16-2013 08:21 PM by BigDawg | 8 comments »

My 14” Rikon band saw is dedicated to re-sawing and other straight cuts. I was not happy with the original fence and I purchased this Carter magnet-based fence. I’ve worked with it for some and now I offer a review with both the positives and the negatives in my opinion. As expected, the quality and the workmanship are outstanding. This tool is well made. The fence is held very securely with the 2 included 30mm MagSwitches. There are 4 places to hold the MagSwitches, so you can adjust it t...

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Great Bandsaw Blade

Great Bandsaw Blade

01-05-2013 05:05 AM by NormG | 8 comments »

After Reading MBS’ review I ordered the same blade. It arrived today while I was at work. Very well packaged and in good shape. After dinner, I went out to the shop and installed on my newer Craftsman 12” 89 1/2” blade (Similar to the Rikon). It is a great saw. After about 15 minutes of setup it was ready to go. Blade is noticeably quieter than the Timber Wolf blades I have been using. I followed the instructions and used a slower rate to break the blade in. The I ...

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The most incredible value in the industry

The most incredible value in the industry

12-30-2012 02:23 PM by musicgioni | 22 comments »

I bought a new Rikon 18” band Saw for my shop a few weeks ago. This is really my first band saw and I am very happy with it. I decided on buying a couple of after market blades by a very reputable manufacturer but I had so many issues with them that I send those back to woodcraft where I bought them. The third blade came directly from the manufacturer and for some reason did much better for me than the first two. Still, cuts with this 3/4” wide, 2-3 TPI blade were not as smooth a...

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Best bandsaw blade I've ever used and very reasonably priced.

Best bandsaw blade I've ever used and very reasonably priced.

12-28-2012 11:16 PM by mbs | 19 comments »

Hal Taylor turned me on to Diamond Sterling blades. I’ve been using them for a year now. I bought the 3/8” 3 TPI, .032” blade and I love it. It is much, much better than the Olsen blades. I prefer the Diamond over the Tri-master (I believe) too. I think I paid around $100 for the Tri-master and I got the Diamond Sterling from here for around $20. I’m not affiliated with them at all. I had to cut some wood on a friends bandsaw who didn’t have the Diamond ...

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Kreg Precision Band Saw Fence, Rip Cut Jig, Resaw Guide

Kreg Precision Band Saw Fence, Rip Cut Jig, Resaw Guide

10-03-2012 12:52 PM by Johnny Boy | 10 comments »

First of all, I want to apologize for my english level. My parents have decided to be french.That being said, I hope this review will be useful to you. I have bought Kreg Jigs in the past and have been pleased by the overall quality and ease of use.That’s why I have bought Kreg Precision Band Saw Fence, Resaw Guide and Rip Cut Jig to enhance my shop. Here in Québec/Canada, as french is the official language, companies have to provide french manuals. It’s not a whim, it’...

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A remarkable blade

A remarkable blade

04-16-2012 12:23 AM by gfadvm | 30 comments »

I resaw a lot of really hard woods like Bois de Arc, Mesquite, and Jatoba and have been using 2 or 3 TPI resaw blades but felt like they were very slow and required too much force to push the material through them. I called Timberwolf and they suggested a new resaw blade. It is more expensive but T Wolf says they will outlast 5 conventional resaw blades so I ordered one. I’ve used it to resaw oak, hard maple, and Jatoba so far and I’m really happy with it. It goes through 6”...

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Best bandsaw upgrade in 15 years!

Best bandsaw upgrade in 15 years!

02-08-2012 02:35 AM by MedicineMan | 5 comments »

I have a 1990’s era Delta 14” bandsaw, and finally wore out the hand crank. Then I found the $19.00 crank offered by many sources. I have used it for about 5 years, then it wore out, locking the threads into the nut. This time I needed a fast fix and couldn’t take any chances, so I sprang for the $44.99 heavy duty tension crank I had seen on the Highland Hardware/Woodworking web site. It seemed kind of expensive, but I couldn’t find a source for the 3/8”-12 t...

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Carter Magfence

Carter Magfence

01-29-2012 07:02 PM by richgreer | 11 comments »

My 18” bandsaw is, essentially, dedicated to resawing and other straight cuts. I was not happy with the original fence and I looked to upgrade. I did not find many options for an 18” bandsaw and finally purchased this Carter magnet based fence. I’ve worked with it some and now I offer a mixed review with both the positives and the negatives as I see them. (As an FYI – I have a second, smaller, band saw that I use for the curvy stuff.) As I would expect fro...

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Great blades

Great blades

01-29-2012 06:05 AM by Sawdust2 | 7 comments »

This is a 3 TPI blade from M K Morse. It is a carbide tipped blade and is used in industry for cutting aluminum castings.This review won’t let me post all the photos but I first used a bi-metal blade from a vendor I really like. I could not get it to track straight. (I set my saw up using Michael Fortune’s method so I don’t get any drift.)I installed this blade according to Fortune’s method.This is a 1/2” blade but I was advised to only tension it to a 3/8”...

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