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09-12-2016 06:19 AM

The last and only bandsaw I’ve ever purchased was in 1990 and it was a Craftec from BusyBee..
Now I know these aren’t the top of the line tools but I’ve had it for 26 years now and it still works but it’s getting old. The guides have been replaced as well as some other parts.

I’m considering getting the deluxe Craftex 14” bandsaw but I’m wondering about the metal quality.
Today’s metals just aren’t made the way they used to so I am apprehensive as in what to do.

There’s a 15” Craftex that’s made but I read up on them and there is a 3 mm discrepancy in the frame design that many have had issues with.
I don’t cut large items but I do need quite a bit of throat cut room. Do any of you have the 14” Deluxe Bandsaw and what do you think of it?

I’m open to suggestions.


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#1 posted 09-12-2016 11:30 PM

Time for a better saw Nikki.

-- Chuck, Michigan,

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#2 posted 09-13-2016 12:57 AM



Time for a better saw Nikki.

- Woodchuck2010


Yeah! I know , I know. Nobody wants to say it. Just can’t afford one just yet because I’m getting a Dwalt 788. Between my clunker and this sweet thing, I should be good.:D

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#3 posted 09-13-2016 06:05 AM

I don’t think they make the 15 inch saw anymore. I had one that I bought about 6-7 years ago and could never get it to cut right. Extremely frustrating – I guess it was cause of the 3 mm discrepancy, something clearly didn’t line up right. After that I steered clear of their bandsaws and I don’t have any experience with their new line since they switched to the new style.
What else does your old saw need other than guides?

-- Jeremy, in the Acadian forests

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#4 posted 09-13-2016 11:03 AM


I don t think they make the 15 inch saw anymore. I had one that I bought about 6-7 years ago and could never get it to cut right. Extremely frustrating – I guess it was cause of the 3 mm discrepancy, something clearly didn t line up right. After that I steered clear of their bandsaws and I don t have any experience with their new line since they switched to the new style.
What else does your old saw need other than guides?

- jdh122


No sir. They do not make than any more and I don’t blame them. That 3 mm discrepancy is a big deal. The manufacturers knew about it but did nothing which s terrible.Besides a good new blade mine is probably going to need some new rubber on the wheels. The main problem is that the company know longer makes the parts. When I ordered my guide from them, it was the last one.
They might not have a great reputation but except for a few parts that have worn out this thing has worked great.
It’s cut a lot of straight cuts so I haven’t had to use the table saw and it’s done a beautiful job cutting up doggie jumbones, goat hooves and piggie ears for my girls

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#5 posted 09-13-2016 03:32 PM

No chance the one you have is a clone of the Delta/Rockwell with 14 inch wheels that you can get just about anywhere?

-- Jeremy, in the Acadian forests

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#6 posted 09-13-2016 03:47 PM

Nikki, what is exactly wrong with your current bandsaw? if the problem is that you can’t order parts from Busy Bee ,try R&D (http://www.tufftooth.com/) they have many generic BS parts that most lkely will fit your imported bandsaw.
If you want a new BS, take a look at Amazon.ca they have a few ,Rikon,Grizzly.

-- Ken from Ontario, Canada

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#7 posted 09-13-2016 03:51 PM



...The main problem is that the company know longer makes the parts. When I ordered my guide from them, it was the last one…

- Nikki

These guys on e-Bay about any size tire you need. If they don’t have it in stock, they’ll make custom sizes for you.

-- Kenny, SW VA, Go Hokies!!!

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#8 posted 09-13-2016 04:36 PM

Ohhhh I CAN possibly get new parts! SWEET!
I hope I can because I’m quite fond of my bandsaw. It’s held up for many, many projects with few problems and the MAIN thing is that I’m familiar with it. Familiariry has got to help in the safery factor. Right? It currently needs some new blades but I think the main problem is that I ‘now’ work on smaller items and want it to function more like it scroll saw that can take tight curves and corners but that’s not what it’s made for. For what it IS made for, it has served me well for over 1/4 of a century so it can’t be ALL that bad of a saw after all.

Here are some photos of it. It’s got saw dust on it because it has recently been used and not clean off but it shows the blade etc. I should have shop vac’ed first. lol.

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#9 posted 09-13-2016 04:38 PM

Sorry! The pictures didn’t show up straight and I don’t know how to change them.thanks for the info about getting new parts. This is a game changer and has really made my day:D

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#10 posted 09-13-2016 04:41 PM

Are Aftermarket guides like from Carter an option?

http://www.carterproducts.com/band-saw-products/band-saw-conversion-kits

I don’t see Craftex listed – but they do custom stuff as well as the fact that there just aren’t that many ways to put a guide block on a post that goes up and down.

They may say “the craftex, uses the same guide as the XYZ… so this kit will do it”

-- 'Political correctness is fascism pretending to be manners' ~George Carlin

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#11 posted 09-14-2016 04:07 AM

I am no expert but from my reading I think your guides are setup wrong. My thinking is your side guide rollers need to be just below the gulit of the blade. If you can’t adjust it that way maybe dual rollers.

I hope some of the experts will chime in here.

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#12 posted 09-14-2016 11:51 AM



I am no expert but from my reading I think your guides are setup wrong. My thinking is your side guide rollers need to be just below the gulit of the blade. If you can t adjust it that way maybe dual rollers.

I hope some of the experts will chime in here.

- coxhaus


Hmmmmm. You’re kidding! I don’t think these guides move up and down. Is it possible to add a pic to show what you mean ?


Are Aftermarket guides like from Carter an option?

http://www.carterproducts.com/band-saw-products/band-saw-conversion-kits

I don t see Craftex listed – but they do custom stuff as well as the fact that there just aren t that many ways to put a guide block on a post that goes up and down.

They may say “the craftex, uses the same guide as the XYZ… so this kit will do it”

- DrDirt


Thanks a lot. This has certainly opened my eyes to new possibilities.

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#13 posted 09-14-2016 01:13 PM

Hmmmmm. You re kidding! I don t think these guides move up and down. Is it possible to add a pic to show what you mean ?

There are two knobs on your blade guide that loosen the assembly. One should allow you to adjust the side bearings and the other the rear. It’s hard to tell from the pictures above, but it does look like you are limited on how far forward you can adjust the side guides.

It’s likely that the manufacturer did not expect the saw to carry a re-saw blade that large….but it could just be the angle these photos are taken… Here’s a photo of how the assembly should look after its realigned.

And this is a pretty good vid that explains how to set them up…even though he is using a different blade guide system.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=1AAssUKnxSg&ab_channel=AmericanWoodworker

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HokieKen

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#14 posted 09-14-2016 03:41 PM

Like UncannyValley said, you should be able to loosen the lower thumb screw on your guide and move the side bearings out. They should sit just behind the gullet. I think it looks like there’s a slot in the guide that allows clearance to do so but can’t tell for sure due to the saw dust. The way the guides are set now could allow excessive twist in the blade which could be what wore your tires out. You’re likely to notice significant improvement if you get the guides set up properly. You should also check the lower guides (below the table) and set them the same way.

Good Luck!

-- Kenny, SW VA, Go Hokies!!!

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#15 posted 09-14-2016 04:20 PM

Hmmmmm. You re kidding! I don t think these guides move up and down. Is it possible to add a pic to show what you mean ?

There are two knobs on your blade guide that loosen the assembly. One should allow you to adjust the side bearings and the other the rear. It s hard to tell from the pictures above, but it does look like you are limited on how far forward you can adjust the side guides.

It s likely that the manufacturer did not expect the saw to carry a re-saw blade that large….but it could just be the angle these photos are taken… Here s a photo of how the assembly should look after its realigned.

And this is a pretty good vid that explains how to set them up…even though he is using a different blade guide system.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=1AAssUKnxSg&ab_channel=AmericanWoodworker

- UncannyValleyWoods


Wow! I think Coxhaus and you are RIGHT.
And YES it would have been much more helpful if I had shop vac’ed that wood dust out of there so you could actually see the set up. I know the blade definitely needs changing but I also strongly fekt there was something wrong. That gut initiation thing was going off every time I used it.

Thank you guys so very much. This weekend I’ll pick up a new blade and see if these guides can be adjusted.

What a perfect example of why posting questions on a website is so AWESOME . This has made my day ‘cause i truly LOVE this machine. It holds lots of valuable memories. My two nieces and nephews rocking horses were made by this baby. :D
I know someday I’ll have to part with her but NOT TODAY. ( happy dance)

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