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Forum topic by Karda posted 11-25-2016 05:48 PM 537 views 0 times favorited 12 replies Add to Favorites Watch
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11-25-2016 05:48 PM

years ago I was given a 10” band saw what kind of work can i expect from this saw, how much is to much and what blade is best. it is 1l5 horse power and the RPMs are 1725 thanks Mike


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#1 posted 11-25-2016 05:57 PM

I had a Craftsman 10” for a couple of years … for a bench-top, it was a pretty good saw.

I did a lot of pattern cutting with 1/8” and 3/16” blades. The re-saw capacity (a little over 4”) was pretty limiting, but I outfitted it with a 1/2” Woodslicer from Highland Woodworking and re-sawed a lot of lumber that was 4” or less.

If you keep good quality blades on it and pay attention to tensioning and guide setups, it should serve you well. Just watch your feed rate.

-- Gerry -- "I don't plan to ever really grow up ... I'm just going to learn how to act in public!"

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#2 posted 11-25-2016 10:51 PM

thanks for the advice, guess I’ll just have to play with it, I think I am being to cautious. I have had some jams and had the band come off Thanks Mike

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#3 posted 11-25-2016 11:49 PM

Check out some of the videos by Alex Snodgrass … when it comes to bandsaws, he knows his stuff:
https://youtu.be/wGbZqWac0jU

-- Gerry -- "I don't plan to ever really grow up ... I'm just going to learn how to act in public!"

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#4 posted 11-26-2016 03:48 AM

thanks for the link I’ll check it out, it looks like good stuff.

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#5 posted 11-28-2016 04:31 AM

Hi, I watched the video, that guy is amazing, and he make thing look so simple, I’ll let you know how things turn out when i try that on mine, when i get the guts. i am paranoid about screwing thing up

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#6 posted 11-28-2016 01:57 PM

LOL Karda,, Welcome to LJ , I think half of what I’ve learned I’ve learned from screwing something up.

-- I've decided 1 mistake is really 2 opportunities to learn.. learn how to fix it... and learn how to not repeat it

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#7 posted 11-28-2016 04:19 PM

your saw will let you know what it can do start with a band saw box because there is NO right or wrong with that project

-- Tony Reinholds,Pa. REMEMBER TO ALWAYS HAVE FUN

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#8 posted 11-28-2016 05:10 PM

yea I know I went over it last night, but there is a scraping sound when it runs is that normal, as far as I can tell there are no contact point. I am going to give a tad of WD40 might be dry

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#9 posted 11-28-2016 05:23 PM

The blade is probably scraping against the upper blade guard. Check that you have both the upper and lower guides set correctly and that the blade is running on the wheel per Alex’s recommendations.

With the saw running, apply a small amount of paraffin wax to both sides of the blade. I wouldn’t use WD40 unless there is some gunk you need to clean out.

-- Gerry -- "I don't plan to ever really grow up ... I'm just going to learn how to act in public!"

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#10 posted 11-28-2016 07:02 PM

can I use any candle wax, I dont have any pure parafin

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#11 posted 11-28-2016 07:11 PM

can I use any candle wax, I dont have any pure parafin
- Karda

Most candles are made out of paraffin. You can use them, but many will have other stuff in it to give it color or even fragrance. I use candles all the time to coat the bi-fold closet door tracks with great success :) Or you could just run down to your local grocery store and pick up a pound of ‘gulf wax’ for a couple bucks. You can also use it to make a wax solution that can either be used as a liquid or as a paste wax depending on temperature. Just dissolve some in mineral spirits:

You can wipe or brush it on stuff, and when the mineral spirits flashes off, you are left with a nice thin layer of wax. Or you can let it cool down a bit (put it in the fridge for example), and it will turn into a paste. The little basket above is great for dunking small parts, like nuts and bolts, to give them a little extra protection against rust and to lubricate the threads and places you can’t normally get to.

Cheers,
Brad

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

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#12 posted 11-28-2016 09:21 PM

ok thanks, I may make a solution and do my saw tables

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