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Forum topic by jonlruss posted 01-25-2016 06:44 PM 785 views 0 times favorited 12 replies Add to Favorites Watch
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jonlruss

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01-25-2016 06:44 PM

Topic tags/keywords: bandsaw

I had asked a few days ago about advice on a band saw I was going to look at. An older Rockwell/Delta with three risers and an asking price of $250. I ended up thinking better of it since the three risers made no sense and I’m glad I did. I ended up finding a Craftsman “Professional” 14” 137.224140 for $75. I know, it’s a Craftsman. But it should work for what I’ll be using it for. Besides, it was cheap enough.

The lady I got it from had gotten it from a neighbor about a year ago and hadn’t ever turned it on. One of the first things I did was I had her plug it in and I flipped the switch to see if it ran. Run it did, but it screamed like a banshee. I thought something must be way out of alignment so I turned it off, opened the lower door up and found pieces of the tire laying in the bottom of the cabinet. I opened the upper door and there was only one piece of tire left. She said they never even knew it would have tires so I guess it’s a good thing they never turned it on. Other than the tires and rust on the table, it’s a clean machine and shouldn’t be too much trouble to get back in running order. I’ve already ordered new tires for it, and once I get those on and the saw aligned I should be better able to tell what else will need to be done to it. I’m also going to see about maybe building a base for it and mounting the motor underneath so it’ll have a smaller footprint.

Not a very good picture of it. The camera in my phone is crappy. That’s a piece of one of the tires is laying on the stand.


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#1 posted 01-25-2016 06:57 PM

I know, it’s a Craftsman. But it should work for what I’ll be using it for. Besides, it was cheap enough.

Sears (craftsman) doesn’t make anything. That saw was made by Rexon, which is a Taiwanese manufacturer/exporter, and the saw is your basic taiwanese clone of the Delta. The same machine can be found under a lot of different brand names besides Craftsman. $75 was a great price for it.

Cheers,
Brad

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#2 posted 01-25-2016 06:59 PM

Not turning up my nose at an older Craftsman. Good buy.

-- "Man is the only animal which devours his own, for I can apply no milder term to the general prey of the rich on the poor." ~Thomas Jefferson

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#3 posted 01-25-2016 07:33 PM

That was a great deal at $75! Have fun with it!

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#4 posted 01-25-2016 07:34 PM

That style Craftsman will do you better the there aluminum tilt head 12”.

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#5 posted 01-25-2016 07:45 PM

Since it is a Delta clone, you can probably use the Delta-compatible accessories like the riser block.

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#6 posted 01-25-2016 09:45 PM

I would have bought it for that price in a heartbeat.

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#7 posted 01-25-2016 10:06 PM

I sold my Taiwan band saw a few years ago for $150, and thought I underpriced it, it went so fast. Now I am thinking of ditching the Porter Cable I replaced it with, since it turned out to be a lateral purchase, just my money going in the wrong direction.

At $75, and even if you pay about $35 for new tires, and a little elbow grease, that seems like a pretty good deal to me.
I think that might even qualify for a “You Suck!”

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#8 posted 01-25-2016 10:22 PM

IMO, made in Taiwan woodworking machines from the ‘70s and ‘80s are usually equal in quality to the US manufacturers from that time, if not sometimes outright better.

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#9 posted 01-26-2016 01:27 AM

I have this same saw that I bought for $150 NIB from a Sears clearance center some time back. When I got it home and assembled, I started to line it up and ran into a little problem. I could NOT get the upper and lower wheels co-planer, and they are still off a little today. But it works.

I also did some research and found that Rexon was the manufacturer. I contacted them in England and got a riser it for a mere $70 or so. I can’t remember exactly what I paid for the kit, but it was cheap. A little while later I got some ball bearing blade guides for it (not Carter). A word of warning about the riser kit. When everything is installed, when you raise the guide assembly more than about 9”, the blade guard that protects the blade above the guides will contact the inside of the upper housing where it curves, and it starts pushing the guard against the wheel and blade. I have forgotten that too many times and have ruined probably 4 good blades that way. Whenever I am going to cut with the guides that high, I put the original shorter blade guard back on.

Other than that, it has served me well.

There is one thing I would like to mention. Others have called this a Delta clone, but it seems more like the Jet to me. I am saying this because most of the Delta bandsaws similar to this that I have seen have different guides. On the Delta, the outboard guide is angled some. The guides on the Craftsman are parallel like the Jet.

Wayne

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#10 posted 01-27-2016 04:13 AM

I have one and hate it. the upper spring was shot. I replaced it with a stronger aftermarket one and the upper casting is obviously not stiff enough for it. When I tension any blade 3/8” or more the upper casting deflects so much it’s nearly impossible to get the blade and post to align. In fact, the upper wheel moves forward almost 1/4” relative to the lower. I had to modify all the blade guards to get them to clear the blade without rubbing. I’ll also echo the above comment about the movable blade guard contacting the blade if you adjust the post all the way up, unless you are very careful this can happen even without a riser. If all you ever want to do is put in a small blade and cut curves it will be fine, but if you want to properly tension any blades 3/8” and bigger it will be a disappointment. I’m living with mine for now but will be putting it up for sale as soon as I find a replacement and wouldn’t feel right selling it for over $100.

As far as calling it a Delta clone, yes many delta parts fit but it is nowhere near the quality of the Delta’s. Even the later Chinese made Deltas had much higher quality castings and parts than the one I have.

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#11 posted 01-29-2016 04:22 PM

It’s turned out to be a pretty good week for me. Last Saturday I found the band saw, and now I’ve been able to add a little more to my tool collection. Last night I went to an outlet store I found on 5miles and got a NIB Craftsman 12” drill press for $80 (after using 20% coupon for joining their VIP email list). Still had a closeout tag on it from Sears that was marked used, but best I can tell it’s never been opened (I haven’t opened the box yet). I was VERY happy about getting it as my HF 8” dp hasn’t run right for years. I haven’t checked, but I think it may be the model previous to the one Sears carries now. Also, last night from an ad on offerup I got a Portamate mobile base for $20 that I snagged to use for the band saw. All in all money well spent. I’m beginning to really love tool shopping on these new apps.

Once again, crappy cell phone camera.

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#12 posted 01-29-2016 05:57 PM



It s turned out to be a pretty good week for me. Last Saturday I found the band saw, and now I ve been able to add a little more to my tool collection. Last night I went to an outlet store I found on 5miles and got a NIB Craftsman 12” drill press for $80 (after using 20% coupon for joining their VIP email list). Still had a closeout tag on it from Sears that was marked used, but best I can tell it s never been opened (I haven t opened the box yet). I was VERY happy about getting it as my HF 8” dp hasn t run right for years. I haven t checked, but I think it may be the model previous to the one Sears carries now. Also, last night from an ad on offerup I got a Portamate mobile base for $20 that I snagged to use for the band saw. All in all money well spent. I m beginning to really love tool shopping on these new apps.

Once again, crappy cell phone camera.

- jonlruss

Score!! I’m downloading “offerup” and “letgo” as we speak…..

Can we see the drill press and bandsaw when you get it all set up? A tip for intalling the chuck on the drill press:
Open the chuck jaws all the way, then Loosely fit the chuck onto the spindle with your bare hands, tight enough so it won’t fall off. Set the drill press on its lowest speed. Take a scrap piece of 2×4, and with the drill press running, push the chuck down onto the wood, slowly increasing pressure. This will help the chuck go onto the spindle evenly, and likely reduce runout.

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