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Forum topic by gizmodyne posted 12-31-2007 06:10 AM 11132 views 0 times favorited 104 replies Add to Favorites Watch
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12-31-2007 06:10 AM


I got it for free, but it needs new tires. I have a large bandsaw, so I don’t really need this. It needs new tires.

-- -John "Do I have to keep typing a smiley? Just assume it's a joke." www.flickr.com/photos/gizmodyne


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#1 posted 12-31-2007 06:13 AM

Three wheel bandsaws are hard on blades. More so than double wheels.

But, and a big but, I’ve got 2 and I keep a resaw blade in the big one and a small thin blade in the small one. If I want to cut tight circles then It would require changing the blade, and I’m able to do it on the small bandsaw.

It doesn’t eat much in your shop, so an additional tool for small cuts could be an ideal use.

-- I've been blessed with a father who liked to tinker in wood, and a wife who lets me tinker in wood. Southern Delaware karson_morrison@bigfoot.com †

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#2 posted 12-31-2007 06:17 AM

Hmmm. Karson. That is an interesting idea. My problem is space is really tight. I guess I could give restoring a try and if I don’t use it, sell it. Wonder if I can get it to track. Now I need to find tires….

-- -John "Do I have to keep typing a smiley? Just assume it's a joke." www.flickr.com/photos/gizmodyne

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#3 posted 12-31-2007 06:20 AM

Is it just the Urathane tires that need replacing? What size are the wheels.

-- I've been blessed with a father who liked to tinker in wood, and a wife who lets me tinker in wood. Southern Delaware karson_morrison@bigfoot.com †

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#4 posted 12-31-2007 06:21 AM

I will have to go out and check it out Monday.

-- -John "Do I have to keep typing a smiley? Just assume it's a joke." www.flickr.com/photos/gizmodyne

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#5 posted 12-31-2007 06:35 AM

Since it was free – I’d hang on to it and keep an 1/8th or 1/4” blade on there for small stuff as Karson suggests…

-- Dorje (pronounced "door-jay"), Seattle, WA

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#6 posted 01-16-2008 11:46 PM

Not really the same, but I have both a larger 14” Rikon for re-sawing and an old Sears 12” band saw that I have had for over 15 years. I keep a 1/8” or 1/4” blade in the Sears just for smaller stuff and it works just fine. if you can find room, replace the tires and keep it.

-- Jay, San Antonio, Texas - Making Sawdust Rocks!

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#7 posted 01-16-2008 11:50 PM

I’d keep it “just in case”

-- Gary - Never pass up the opportunity to make a mistake look like you planned it that way - Tyler, TX

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#8 posted 04-12-2011 09:40 PM

Hello I have one that I use if you do wish to get rid of it I will give you a few bucks for it. I could use some parts off of it. Bill S.

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#9 posted 04-12-2011 09:41 PM

That is if you still have it after 1181 days. Bill S.

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#10 posted 04-12-2011 09:52 PM

^laughing with you, Schreck!

-- My dad and I built a 65 chev pick up.I killed trannys in that thing for some reason-Hog

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gizmodyne

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#11 posted 04-13-2011 05:24 AM

I do. Where are you?

-- -John "Do I have to keep typing a smiley? Just assume it's a joke." www.flickr.com/photos/gizmodyne

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#12 posted 08-09-2012 05:28 PM

gizmodyne – I am new to this Forum, but I have been searching high and low for any information pertaining to the same Duracraft Bandsaw that you have. Did you decide to keep yours? Did you find any source for parts? I found tires, but I have a cracked wheel and cannot seem to find a replacement. Any suggestions would be greatly appreciated!

Thanks!

-- Eric in AZ

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#13 posted 08-09-2012 09:45 PM

Tires are easy to find. A band saw isn’t. Restore that band saw and check how it goes. Tires are available at bandsawparts.com. I recommend you to use urethane tires than rubber tires.

-- "someone has to be wounded for others to be saved, someone has to sacrifice for others to feel happiness, someone has to die so others could live"

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chieferic

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#14 posted 08-09-2012 09:49 PM

Surfside – perhaps you misread my posting. I said that I already found the tires. One of the wheels is cracked, so the blade will not stay on. Since the wheel is plastic, it isn’t surprising that it is cracked. The wheel is 5.75 inches in diameter, and 1 inch wide. Any idea where I might find a wheel?

Thanks!

-- Eric in AZ

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#15 posted 08-09-2012 09:50 PM

chieferic, I’ll have to check around, but there was a local guy selling one for about $50 or 75… I can’t remember. It may be good for parts, but I think it was fully functional. Your best bet may be checking eBay or craigslist for those saws as I see them pop up every few weeks.

Also, don’t worry about surfside. He/she is a bot that just posts up links to random sites all the time or has little one liner compliments and comments.

-- "Well, at least we can still use it as firewood... maybe." - Doss

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