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Forum topic by vwmike99 posted 05-24-2010 02:42 AM 5181 views 0 times favorited 4 replies Add to Favorites Watch
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05-24-2010 02:42 AM

Star Tools 380S Wood Band Saw

Purchased this saw a couple of days ago from a former cabinet maker. He recently got out of the buisness and was selling the last of his equipment he had stored in his garage. I only paid $25 for it after buying a Ridgid planer from him a few days earlier. I did a quick cleaning of it with the air compressor and sanded the table top with 220 grit sand paper to knock off the surface rust. Adjusted the wheels, and misc. hardware that guides the blade along the throat opening and powered it up. Its very quiet, for being approx. 15 years old. The guide bearings are rusty, but still turn, and the wheel tires are a bit dry rotted and craking. Think I might tear it down, sand blast all the paint off and send it out to be powder coated. The bearings I’ll look up in the McMaster catalog and the tires I’ll just get from Lee Valley or Rockler. All in all, I’m happy with the purchase (or steal).

I do have a question pertaining to this equipment – Has anyone every heard or know anything about this product. I was told by the former owner it was a Taiwainese clone of an old Delta model. If anyone has any info or perhaps paper work, I would love to get a copy. Thanks in advance.

-- If I knew what I was doing, someone would be paying me to do it!


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#1 posted 05-24-2010 03:37 AM

You can’t beat $25

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#2 posted 05-27-2010 12:04 PM

I have a JET JBS-14MW that is a clone to that. I’ve never heard of the company but I guarantee any of the old clones will have similar instruction manuals. I contacted JET on the phone and they emailed it to me before I was even off the line. Nice grab by the way.

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#3 posted 06-04-2010 02:24 AM

Completely dismantled the saw and had a quote for $100 to sandblast everything and powder-coat in a two tone finish. Going to do Ridgid orange and silver to keep everything looking more like a pro shop. My cousin does custom hot rods and will see of he might do some pinstripping to give it a little flare.
Thinking of possibly going with a Carter conversion kit to keep the blade straight. Made a new cover plate for housing the on/off switch out of 1/8” aluminum. Thinking of building some rails and a fence from aluminum, but for now everything is on hold until I have the funds to pay for the powder-coating.

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#4 posted 08-01-2010 02:17 AM

Well after nearly a two month hiatus, I’ve finally found myself in the garage again piecing together the band saw after powder coating nearly all of it. I wanted it to match the rest of my tools, so I went with the closest orange I could get at the powder coating shop. Its a bit bright, but it brightens up the garage. Still need to pick up some new tires, zero clearance inserts along with some Carter Guides. Busted the top guide assembly this afternoon trying to get it adjusted right. Other than those items, the saw is up and running. Heres a couple of pictures I took of the assembled tool.

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