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AceALooker

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02-08-2010 03:46 PM

Recently I purchased a property with an old garage attached. In the back amidst the junk I found an old Craftsman 12 Band saw that I have decided to adopt as it’s the exact same model my dad taught me to use when I was younger. I really don’t need the saw but as my son is about the right age I thought I’d pass the tradition down to him. So far, I have completely disassembled the saw. I have replaced the tires, installed a Carter Blade Stabilizer upgraded the motor to 1/2 hp. and purchased a Timber wolf Blade to install on it. Now for my problem, I have checked the tension spring and it is weak. I can barely get enough tension on it to pass the flutter test. I want to know if anyone knows if there is an aftermarket spring available and if so what size it needs to be? Any help would be greatly appreciated.

-- If I am what I eat, then I must be FAST, EASY and CHEAP!


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#1 posted 02-08-2010 06:29 PM

Have you checked with sears?

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AceALooker

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#2 posted 02-08-2010 07:33 PM

I have but the saw was made in the late 60’s or early 70’s and they don’t stock parts for equipemt that old any more. I’ve even checked ebayand Craigslist to see if I can find an old one to thief parts from but haven’t found anything as yet. I just found some information about Iturra Designs and am in the process of contacting him. I’m told if anyone knows what I need or where to get it he will.

-- If I am what I eat, then I must be FAST, EASY and CHEAP!

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#3 posted 02-08-2010 07:42 PM

I’ve found springs like this at Ace Hardware of all places, perfect sized for the job. Maybe $1.50 or so. You may want to try that, if it doesn’t work, your only out a couple bucks at most.

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#4 posted 02-09-2010 01:38 AM

Check on the OWM site to get the specs for the springs and do as interpim says. Should be able to find a substitute at a hardware store.

-- Gary D. Stoughton, WI

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#5 posted 02-10-2010 05:21 AM

Carter has a 30% sale on their Cobra tension spring. I just traded out my old crooked spring for the Cobra. Night and day. I bought it at Woodcraft. Give them or Carter a call. Don’t know if it fits at 12”er.

-- Better woodworking through old hand tools.

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#6 posted 02-10-2010 05:43 AM

You could pull the spring out and do some measuring and try to find one at a place like this? I’m sure there are other spring suppliers on the net.

http://www.leespring.com/

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#7 posted 02-10-2010 06:36 AM

i just checked, the Cobra spring by Carter fits 14” saws only. sorry.

Louis Iturra of Iturra Design at 866-883-8064 is considered a bandsaw guru. He doesn’t sell springs (that I know of) but he may know where you can find a good spring for a 12” saw.

-- Better woodworking through old hand tools.

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#8 posted 02-10-2010 03:27 PM

Thanks for all the suggestions. I ended up contacting Iturra Design and to my complete suprise he knew exaclty what I needed! The spring is on the way along with a wheel brush and two new precision bearings. I told my son about it last night and he’s excited to start learning to use his new saw, the next time he comes to visit.

-- If I am what I eat, then I must be FAST, EASY and CHEAP!

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