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Forum topic by Sawdustmaker posted 01-10-2008 07:20 PM 1268 views 0 times favorited 1 reply Add to Favorites Watch
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Sawdustmaker

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01-10-2008 07:20 PM

I inherited an older All-Trade 14” band saw and after breaking one of the pot metal slides under the table that guide the table top when tilting it, I spent many hours online looking for a parts source from All-Trade and found nothing helpful. While looking at a Ridgid 14” at Home Depot I noticed that the Ridgid brand saw guide looked just like the part that broke on mine. I talked the guy into letting me unbolt the part and compare it to mine in the store, and it was an exact fit. (Most likely from the same place in China) The saw now works just fine but I would like to add a fence for resawing etc. Is anyone familiar with this saw? Is it worth spending a couple hundred dollars on or should I save my pennies and purchase something that I can get some parts/service support for? P.S. Another question that I thought of after reading Gary’s posting is will a modern fence fit on this saw to make it usefull. I don’t want to purchase one and then find out that it won’t work with that table. I did some looking for bandsaw reviews and was very impressed with this Power matic http://www.newwoodworker.com/reviews/pm14bsrvu.html

-- Brian, Virginia Beach


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#1 posted 01-10-2008 08:01 PM

Well, if it is working good for you now, why replace it? You could wait until it doesn’t work at all.
If on the other hand it just isn’t doing the job that you expect it to do, replacing is an option.

If you decide to keep it and buy a fence, if you like it you can always put it on your new saw.

I just got a Kreg bandsaw fence for my Delta which I like. It’s pretty good.

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

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