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Forum topic by David posted 03-03-2016 05:32 PM 571 views 0 times favorited 5 replies Add to Favorites Watch
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03-03-2016 05:32 PM

Hi all. I bought this band saw last night. Paid $100. It needs some TLC but I think it will fit my needs. I hope someone here has fixed one of these. One thing that I immediately noticed, is that the guide fork looks home made.

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#1 posted 03-03-2016 06:06 PM

Ohio Forge is/was a house brand of Home Depot (Homer TLC). Home Depot has several such ‘brands’, like their Hampton Bay Fan Co. line, where they just have the overseas manufacturer slap their logo on them before shipping. They are certainly not top end machines, more in line with the HF stuff, but can be made to work reasonably. I would be wiling to bet that those are the original guides. With a good blade and tune-up, it should work reasonably well for you.

Here is the obligatory band saw tune up video:
Band Saw Clinic with Alex Snodgrass

Cheers,
Brad

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TMGStudioFurniture

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#2 posted 03-03-2016 11:59 PM

That looks a lot like my older Jet bandsaw (14mwbs or some such model). It’s just a generic Taiwanese saw.

I’ll bet, if you look closely at the plastic knobs, that you’ll find an elephant logo on them – that is the brand of the manufacturer in Taiwan.

I agree that the guides don’t look original – on mine the bearing support and the ‘y’ shaped piece that hold the side guides are all die-castings. It looks like the bearing is the original die-casting, the other part is probably an add-on. On most of these, the guides are made from square stock, not round like yours.

Generally, parts for these are somewhat interchangeable.

By they way, once set up properly, this saw should work well for you. Mine came with a decent 1 HP motor, I think the lesser models only had a 3/4. On mine, the upper wheel hinge assembly was broken, probably some bozo tried to overtighten a blade and broke it. So, make sure yours is OK – if not it won’t track a blade properly.

Check the set screws on the pulleys, they get loose.

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#3 posted 03-04-2016 12:15 AM

Still a good deal for 100$.

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#4 posted 03-04-2016 04:51 PM



That looks a lot like my older Jet bandsaw (14mwbs or some such model). It s just a generic Taiwanese saw.

I ll bet, if you look closely at the plastic knobs, that you ll find an elephant logo on them – that is the brand of the manufacturer in Taiwan.

I agree that the guides don t look original – on mine the bearing support and the y shaped piece that hold the side guides are all die-castings. It looks like the bearing is the original die-casting, the other part is probably an add-on. On most of these, the guides are made from square stock, not round like yours.

Generally, parts for these are somewhat interchangeable.

By they way, once set up properly, this saw should work well for you. Mine came with a decent 1 HP motor, I think the lesser models only had a 3/4. On mine, the upper wheel hinge assembly was broken, probably some bozo tried to overtighten a blade and broke it. So, make sure yours is OK – if not it won t track a blade properly.

Check the set screws on the pulleys, they get loose.

- TMGStudioFurniture

You are right.

-- I love my SS Mark V. American made quality.

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#5 posted 03-12-2016 01:30 AM

I cleaned the wheels and replaced the painter’s tape that was used as tires. Amazing how much better it runs with urethane tires.

-- I love my SS Mark V. American made quality.

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