Sears 10" bandsaw (older model)

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05-22-2016 12:30 AM

Topic tags/keywords: band saw hard wood cherry purple heart

I have this saw:
113.244512 sears 10 inch band saw

I read a posting here mentioning that this saw can resaw 3 1/2” Oak.

I tried cutting 3/8” thick plywood, and the saw had troubles. I replaced the blade, and it cut a lot better, but almost came to grinding halt when I tried to cut a 2×4 (on the flat side).

I spent a lot of time setting up the saw when I changed to the new blade.
Then I tried the 2×4 cut and I’m really disappointed.

I was just trying a straight cut, pushing along a fence, when the motor would slow down.
The blade is a brand new 1/4” Sears blade – made for that saw.

I would like to cut out electric guitar bodies (a lot of curve cuts on 1 3/4” thick hardwood), but this saw ain’t gonna cut it… I can’t see it cutting purple heart, oak or even cherry after the saw’s performance on a softwood cedar 2×4.

Any ideas?

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#1 posted 05-22-2016 12:42 AM

A 1/4” blade isn’t the best thing to use for re—sawing, particularly a generic ‘sears’ blade. And a properly tuned machine, even a cheap plastic thing, can be made to cut reasonably well within it’s limits.

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

Watch it, do it, and see how it goes from there.


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#2 posted 05-22-2016 07:32 AM

Don’t assume that because Sears “made the blade for that saw,” that it will be a good blade. Any good saw shop can make up a blade to any length you need. These can also be ordered on line. Also, for resawing, you want a blade with the fewest possible teeth. But that little saw probably won’t take a blade wider than 3/8” (maybe 1/2”) and I don’t know whether good resawing blades are available that narrow. If you do have access to a saw shop, ask them to recommend a blade that might fit your needs.

Also realize that that little saw is not going to have a very powerful motor, though it certainly should be able to saw a 1 1/2” thick piece of cedar.

Don’t expect any help from Sears. Their retail clerks usually know nothing about the tools they sell (about like the BORG in that regard).

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#3 posted 05-22-2016 05:06 PM

I’m really not interested in re-sawing..
I only mentioned that because I read a post where the person used it to re-saw oak.

I want to use the saw to cut electric guitar bodies.
Almost 2” thick hardwood and curvy cuts. And I’m not worried about precision. So long as I can just cut the shapes and finish the bodies off with templates and a router.

I bought the blades from Sears because I couldn’t find any place online that sold that particular length of blade.

I will look again, watch the videos and see what happens.

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#4 posted 05-22-2016 06:42 PM

Again, BS blades can be made to any length you desire. Though they are “custom,” they cost no more than a ready-made blade. Google band saw blades and you will see a list of various suppliers. I just checked out Timberwolf blades (because I have used their blades) and found an extensive list of widths, tooth counts, etc. Scroll down the page and you will find recommendations for various uses. Lennox and Highland are other good sources.

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#5 posted 05-26-2016 02:42 PM

I have a Sears 10”, about 15 or more yrs old. My problem was the belt for the motor needed tightening. I fiddled with it for a long time until a friend figured that out for me. It cuts like new now. Another tip he gave me was to put cornstarch on the belt and pully for smooth turning.

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#6 posted 05-26-2016 02:51 PM

I used an INCA 10” saw with good results for years. Lovely
saw. I think it had a 3/4hp motor on it.

You’ll want 3/8” blades with 3tpi or 4tpi. That will work
better for deep cuts.

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