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ZacktheRipper

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10-25-2016 08:13 PM

Hey everyone. I’ve been coming on here for about a month now for tips and research, decided it was time to make an account.

I recently purchased an 18” jet bandsaw. It’s in pretty good shape. It just needs new guide bearings and new tires.

I’d like to get urethane tires. I see some online for less than 20 bucks, and some close to 50. Is there a big difference in quality between them?

Also, when ordering bearings, should I just find some with same number that mine have?

Any and all help would be appreciated!


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toolie

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#1 posted 10-26-2016 10:34 AM

check with Lou Iturra of Iturra Design. no one knows more about band saws than Lou. when you make the usual mistake of buying of buying Timberwolf blades, dispose of them and get a Lennox from Lou. that guy really knows how to weld a blade. he’ll also recommend appropriate tires. he’s a bit more expensive, but it’s worth it. just using one of his blades corrected a problem i had on a used 18” Jet. that made it a minimally acceptable tool so i could sell it and replace it with a used 18” rikon 10-340.

-- there's a solution to every problem.......you just have to be willing to find it.

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Redoak49

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#2 posted 10-26-2016 10:53 AM

I bought my last set of tires from Band Saw Tire Warehouse on eBay. The price was good and I actually called and talked to them. They were very helpful getting the tires for a 60 year old bandsaw. I have been using the tires for awhile now and they work great.

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#3 posted 10-26-2016 01:51 PM



I bought my last set of tires from Band Saw Tire Warehouse on eBay. The price was good and I actually called and talked to them. They were very helpful getting the tires for a 60 year old bandsaw. I have been using the tires for awhile now and they work great.

- Redoak49

SAME ^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^
as far as guides I would get from carter

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ZacktheRipper

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#4 posted 10-27-2016 05:43 PM

Thanks for the info everyone.

Toolie, what issues did you have with the jet?

I don’t want to replace the guides just the bearings.

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MrUnix

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#5 posted 10-27-2016 05:51 PM

Pull the bearings to see what you have before you go ordering. Note the bearing number stamped on the side, and then measure them with a calliper just to make sure. With that information, give Lynne a call over at Accurate bearing and she will hook you up.

Cheers,
Brad

-- Brad in FL - In Dog I trust... everything else is questionable

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Kelly

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#6 posted 10-27-2016 06:04 PM

[BLADES]

I have had good results and luck with the Timberwolf blades.

Recently, I bought four 1/4” Lenox blades and each one of them grabs and feels like I have a gap between the wood and the table.

[TIRES]

As for tires, I went with the cheapest urethane tires I could get. They went on with little effort and have been performing well for several months now.

[BEARINGS]

Guide bearings run about twenty each from the manufacturer. Third party ones, with the same number, run about seven for eight of them. Too, I just replaced the tire bearings on the upper wheel for a fraction of what Powermatic wants. That was around four or five each and reasonable shipping.

I always have to re-train myself on the meaning of bearing alpha numeric codes, so I just get the number I need and make sure it has shields or seals on both sides.

I do have some ceramic bearings that run great, but need occasional cleaning (remove the seals, wash them out and re-pack them).

This last change, I popped one of the seals and packed in a bit more grease. This seems to have helped keep dust out longer and they’ve been running several times longer than the previous installs.


check with Lou Iturra of Iturra Design. no one knows more about band saws than Lou. when you make the usual mistake of buying of buying Timberwolf blades, dispose of them and get a Lennox from Lou. that guy really knows how to weld a blade. he ll also recommend appropriate tires. he s a bit more expensive, but it s worth it. just using one of his blades corrected a problem i had on a used 18” Jet. that made it a minimally acceptable tool so i could sell it and replace it with a used 18” rikon 10-340.

- toolie


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ZacktheRipper

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#7 posted 10-27-2016 08:32 PM

Thanks for all the advice!!

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unbob

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#8 posted 10-28-2016 03:53 AM

The Jet 18” I have is the White one with racing stripes around the base,1 speed, 1 1/2 hp. It has been a good saw for me. It was used in good shape with a bunch of blades, one of the blades a 2tpi Lenox BiMetal 1 1/4” will go through anything I have put through it so far.
Height under the guides is around 10 1/2”, I had a board of Wenge 12”, I sawed a small piece of the wood and made a crude but effective upper guide block-replacing the entire upper ball bearing guide. Then I was able to resaw that wood with only 1 1/2 hp. I like that saw.

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toolie

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#9 posted 10-28-2016 04:39 PM



Thanks for the info everyone.

Toolie, what issues did you have with the jet?

I don t want to replace the guides just the bearings.

- ZacktheRipper

the frame could flex (mine was a square column, rather than the triangular shape of the newer units) and it just wasn’t a very good saw. i bought it for $40, sold it for $750 and bought a used rikon 10-340 for $700. which means i got the rikon for free and put $10 in my pocket. it is a better built tool than the jet and Rikon is a more user friendly outfit for folks out of warranty than Jet was for me.

-- there's a solution to every problem.......you just have to be willing to find it.

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