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Forum topic by Abn101mp posted 03-16-2017 11:00 PM 430 views 0 times favorited 8 replies Add to Favorites Watch
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Abn101mp

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03-16-2017 11:00 PM

I have an older model Craftsman 10in band saw I purchased from a son of a woodworker for $100.00 nearly a year ago. One of the pulleys is cracked and I am having a hard time figuring out the tension on the blade. The set up is nice. It has its own stand and light.
My question is, is it worth the money to try to find a new pulley and figure out the tension issue or am I wasting my time. If so, any ideas on where I can find aftermarket pulleys for older discontinued Craftsman power tools?
Thanks.

-- Dan,Mid-Maine


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MrUnix

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#1 posted 03-16-2017 11:14 PM

Without knowing what saw you have, it’s kind of hard to offer much advice. However, pulleys are available all over the place, from McMaster Carr, Graingers, your local hardware store, Tractor Supply, Amazon, etc… You basically just need to know the O.D., bore size and if it’s keyed or not (assuming it’s a v-belt pulley – poly-v sheaves are a little bit more involved).

Cheers,
Brad

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

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Craftsman on the lake

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#2 posted 03-16-2017 11:15 PM

Replacement ones from Sears are about $20 or so. Google bandsaw pulleys. If it’s otherwise in good shape it might be worth the expense.

-- The smell of wood, coffee in the cup, the wife let's me do my thing, the lake is peaceful.

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#3 posted 03-16-2017 11:21 PM

Its a Model #113244513 CRAFTSMAN. I have found the diagram on Sears parts website, but it says the pulley, (idler wheel) is discontinued. Ill look into amazon and McMaster. Thanks for the added sites.

-- Dan,Mid-Maine

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MrUnix

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#4 posted 03-16-2017 11:45 PM

Ouch… that’s not a pulley (sheave), it’s one of the three wheels (the top wheel is identical and has the same part number). You will most likely have to find someone parting out one of those machines. The Bay would probably be your best bet. Otherwise, you might be able to fix the existing one, or if you are creative, fabricate a new one. It might be best to cut your losses now and start looking for a more capable replacement. Those three wheel bandsaws have a few issues that make them a little less desirable than most. YMMV.

Cheers,
Brad

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

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DirtyMike

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#5 posted 03-16-2017 11:49 PM

Any chance on getting your money back? I tried to rehab on of those 3 wheeled craftsman bandsaws and it never had a chance of being decent. I bought my wife the small ryobi bandsaw and it is ok for a small saw.

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Abn101mp

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#6 posted 03-17-2017 12:19 AM

No chance of getting a refund. The son was selling the house it was in and I picked it up thinking it was a good buy. I tried it out and worked fine, but after several uses it just wont keep tension. The wheel is cracked on only on the inside near the shaft.
I have been searching online and haven’t found anything for a 10 in. I guess I got a nice stand for 100.00. Ha Ha.
Thank you all for the insight and help.

-- Dan,Mid-Maine

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#7 posted 03-18-2017 01:33 AM


Any chance on getting your money back? I tried to rehab on of those 3 wheeled craftsman bandsaws and it never had a chance of being decent. I bought my wife the small ryobi bandsaw and it is ok for a small saw.

- DirtyMike


Getting $100 back for an ancient equipment bought from a “son of a woodworker” a year ago, because of a broken part.
How many wrongs are in this phrase ?

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Karda

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#8 posted 03-18-2017 02:27 AM

I have one of those 3 wheel craftsman band saw, I would replace it if I hadn’t just paid 25 bucks for a new specialty band.

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