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Forum topic by Vintagewood1960 posted 01-15-2017 03:52 PM 354 views 0 times favorited 3 replies Add to Favorites Watch
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Vintagewood1960

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01-15-2017 03:52 PM

I purchased a Dayton 15” Wood/Metal BandSaw for 200.00 off Craigslist.  Model 6y002E 
I thought it sounded a little loud when I checked it out and after several months of use the gearbox did give out.
The original seller “Grainger” says I can get the replacement parts for 350.00 to rebuild the gearbox.
It’s a nice heavy duty saw that I will most likely only use for woodworking so my question is… 
How desirable is a vertical wood/ METAL saw of this type to the maker community that I’ll be able to sell it later and recoup my investment?
I see saws in better condition on Craigslist all the time for 600.00 ish that would suit my needs so should I just let this one go?
The original asking price on this saw was $1800.00


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VegasJohnnyB

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#1 posted 01-15-2017 04:26 PM

Ouch. Putting $350 in sounds like a bad idea. You can buy a nice brand new band saw for $550.if you bought it for $200 it will probably be worth about $200 if you fix it and want to sell it later.

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MrUnix

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#2 posted 01-15-2017 04:26 PM

The first apparent mistake was to ignore the noise and just put it into production. I’m a firm believer that, before using any newly purchased used machine, you should do some minimal maintenance… such as replacing bearings, draining and refilling gearbox oil, cleaning, lubrication, addressing any issues such as frayed or cracked wiring, etc… A little maintenance up front can save you a lot of grief later as you have found out.

Secondly, how did the gearbox ‘give out’? Have you opened it up to see what is actually wrong? Could be as simple as a missing c-clip or other trivial problem to fix. I’m sure Grainger would love to sell you all sorts of stuff to ‘rebuild’ the gearbox, but until you know exactly what is wrong, you would just be throwing money away at parts you may or may not even need.

And lastly… most people with a wood/metal band saw tend to use it for one or the other, not both. Metal chips don’t mix well with sawdust, and you can contaminate wood easily after using it for metal. unless you really clean the machine good between functions. For those that do a lot of both, two machines make it a lot easier… you don’t have to worry about the constant blade changes or cleanups between them.

Cheers,
Brad

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

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crank49

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#3 posted 01-15-2017 05:34 PM

Upon a little Googling I see that the speeds of that saw are three very slow, from 80 to less than 200 fpm, and one at 3000 fpm.
I assume the slow speeds are for metal and the fast one is for wood.
Looks like the gearbox is mounted beside the lower shaft. Does the lower wheel mount directly on the gearbox output shaft?
I’d love to have a saw capable of mounting 1” blades like this for $200. The engineer side of me would just scrap that gearbox, mount the lower wheel on a new shaft with a couple of bearings and a step pulley. Then I’d still have a 15” saw, multiple speeds, and still have less than $350 total invested.
I see that the saw is discontinued but without the gearbox the rest of it is probably off the shelf parts anyway.
Only CON I see is the ~8” resaw capability.

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