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Forum topic by AaronK posted 05-03-2010 04:02 AM 1315 views 1 time favorited 7 replies Add to Favorites Watch
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AaronK

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05-03-2010 04:02 AM

So I picked up an older craftsman bandsaw (model 113.243311) for $25 with a few blades thrown in. (also got a couple bench planes an assortment of other hand tools for another 20!)

anyway, it’s a 1/2 HP 12”. and it’s my first bandsaw. the overall condition seems decent, and it seems cared for, although was sitting unused a while. The tires look ok, but that’s about all I can tell. I’m looking for advice on:

1. what should i inspect and possibly replace?
2. How do I set it up properly (guide blocks, tracking, etc)
3. What accessories should I add? I recall seeing something about using n old toothbrush as a blade cleaner inside?
4. what are some useful jigs for common BS use?

so far, mounted with a 1/4” 6 tpi blade it slides through 3/4” stock like nothing. Im very happy i found it.


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#1 posted 05-03-2010 04:19 AM

If you don’t already have one, get an instruction book and make the setup adjustments instructions.

I think I have the same saw (I’ll check the next time I go to the shop), so might be able to answer any questions you come up with.

I don’t like the aluminum table and it is tricky to keep the removeable part of the table aligned with the fix part of the table. All in all it is an entry level saw at best, but you didn’t go wrong for $25.00.

I’d add accessories/jigs as you have specific needs, that way you won’t waste a lot of time and money on stuff you may never use.

-- Joe

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#2 posted 05-03-2010 04:39 AM

Im not sure there IS a removable part… at least nothing that came with it. I will download the manual actually, shouldve thought of that as step #1. thanks!

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#3 posted 05-03-2010 04:46 AM

Assuming we have the same saw, the front part of the table has to be removed to get to the adjustments of the lower guide blocks and rollers as well as access to lower wheel to change blades.

-- Joe

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#4 posted 05-03-2010 01:49 PM

mine only has the table leveling screw that needs to be removed to change blades… i’ll try to post a pic of mine.

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#5 posted 05-03-2010 05:16 PM

Marc has a cool video on BS tuneup on The Wood Whisperer.

-- Mike - Antero's Urban Wood Designs http://anterosurbanwooddesigns.com

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#6 posted 05-03-2010 08:57 PM

Aaron – Turns out that I do not have the same saw as you do. Mine is an 113.248320.

Your’s is a much better machine.

-- Joe

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#7 posted 05-03-2010 09:53 PM

thanks for the link, mike, doesnt look like there’s too much to do to get it set up.

joe – thanks for the input anyway… glad to know that mine is on the heavier side of “light!”

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