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Forum topic by chrisstef posted 10-25-2010 02:46 PM 7990 views 1 time favorited 7 replies Add to Favorites Watch
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chrisstef

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10-25-2010 02:46 PM

LJ’s,

I have the opportunity to purchase a used band saw off the craiger. Curious if anyone has heard of, have, or know anything about this band saw.

It’s a 14” saw manufactured under the name American, out of Orange,California.

The price is right ill tell you that. I dont own a bandsaw but would love to add one to my shop.

Thanks for the advise

-- rock, chalk, jayhawk


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#1 posted 10-25-2010 03:43 PM

Could this be a Yates – American?

-- rock, chalk, jayhawk

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#2 posted 10-25-2010 03:55 PM

From the pic you arrears to be one of the many Delta clone models. Take a close look at the trunions that the table mount to for cracks repairs etc. They are pot metal and are prone to breaking, especially if the saw has been moved using the table. Also look closely at the tilt mechanism and if the wheels are coplanar. Tires will most likely need replacing.

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#3 posted 10-25-2010 04:00 PM

Thanks for the info medicken. I thought it looked like an older delta model as well. Appears to be pretty clean. The guys go it for $50 so even if i have to replace everything and do a little welding .. it should even out in the long run.

-- rock, chalk, jayhawk

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#4 posted 10-25-2010 04:39 PM

It would be hard to pass up for 50. Like MedicKen said take a close look. If the parts are the same as a delta then they can be replaced. There is a lot of good in formation here on LJ as to how to set up a band saw.

-- Dan, Naperville IL, I.G.N.

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#5 posted 03-09-2011 08:11 PM

Chrisstef – I have the exact same bandsaw (WBS-14) I picked up for $75. Had to put in $25 of parts and a few new blades but it works just fine. Also added a fence – a nice plus to have. As far as finding replacement parts, do some real deep researching and comparing as I’ve found nobody who carries the AMERICAN brand. I’d say just check the obvious before you buy, but don’t be afraid of the age of the machine.

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Loren

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#6 posted 03-09-2011 10:07 PM

I think I had a jointer branded American (made in Taiwan – ho-ho!). It
was a decent quality clone. I don’t think that badge has been around
for several years now, but the tools are nearly the same designs as Star,
Lobo, and the other Taiwan brands.

Grizzly and Jet are in their own class as those companies have their own
designs and their own quality control personnel at the factories.

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#7 posted 03-10-2011 06:14 AM

I have that same saw and I needed to replace the trunions for the table, a guide bearing. I had adiscussion with a guy that had been woodworking for quite a long time and told me that it was a Jet before it was Jet. The parts I ordered were for the Jet and fit fine.

-- mrg

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