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Forum topic by docholladay posted 03-28-2010 03:09 PM 3278 views 0 times favorited 2 replies Add to Favorites Watch
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03-28-2010 03:09 PM

Does anyone know if there is a decent quality table top type band saw available out there. I would prefer to get a 14” floor standing saw, but really don’t have room for it. I don’t need a saw with huge capacity, but would like enough power to resaw material that is 3-4 inches thick (I realize, I may be dreaming on that one.) I have a Craftsman (pronounced Crapsman) 10” table top band saw that I am really not happy with. The drift is excessive and it is simply not possible to get the blade tight enough if using anything wider than a 1/4” blade. From other comments I have read about this saw, on other websites, I am not the only one to have this problem. I have pretty much determined that there really isn’t much that can be done to make this saw work better. Does anyone have any suggestions for a table top Band Saw that is actually decent quality, if on a smaller scale.

-- Hey, woodworking ain't brain surgery. Just do something and keep trying till you get it. Doc

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#1 posted 03-28-2010 03:35 PM

I have the Delta Shopmaster 9”. It’s great for a lot of jobs, but I’ve not been able to get decent resaw results either.

I guess your question is like asking which subcompact car would be best for towing your 22’ cabin cruiser. :-)

-- Charlie M. "Woodworking - patience = firewood"

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#2 posted 03-28-2010 06:39 PM

Funny you should mention the Craftsman 10” ... I spent yesterday afternoon tearing down the one I have to try to resolve some of the same issues you mentioned. Mine would scream like a banshee and was almost impossible to get to track decently. I think I got it straightened out … here’s what I did:

—Threw away the 6 cheap bearings in the upper and lower guides, and replaced them with high quality sealed bearings I bought at a local bearing supply.

—Removed the table and the complete lower guide assembly. It was then that I discovered the Guide Key (that is supposed to keep the Lower Guide Mount and Lower Guide Body square with the frame) was off almost 5 degrees! The machine is supplied partly assembled, and this is one of the pre-installed components. No wonder I could never get the lower guide bearings set correctly. Don’t know why I didn’t notice this when I assembled it, but that was almost 4 years ago.

—I squirted some LocTite under the spot where the Guide Key is installed, clamped a square to the frame to square up the Guide Key, then clamped it in place with a pair of vise grips. I snugged down the bolt that holds the guide key to the frame, then re-installed the Lower Guide Mount.

—With the table still off, I installed my 1/2” WoodSlicer, and tensioned it. The reason I did this is to make sure the guide bearings were initially set to the path of the blade … I think previously, the blade was adjusting to the path dictated by the bearings which was off 4 or 5 degrees from square. I adjusted with the upper and lower guide bearings, then re-installed and re-squared the table.

My saw purrs like a kitten. I set the fence to 1/4” and resawed a 3’ piece of 1×4 maple … no major problems with drift, no burning, and no screaming bearings.

Like you, I have some severe space limitations, so a better quality saw isn’t in the cards right now.

-- Gerry -- "I don't plan to ever really grow up ... I'm just going to learn how to act in public!"

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