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Forum topic by saltwater posted 06-19-2017 03:00 PM 282 views 0 times favorited 9 replies Add to Favorites Watch
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saltwater

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06-19-2017 03:00 PM

I also bought a Craftsman 12” band saw which is probably close to 20 years old now. I let it set for the first 8 years I had it. Now, I want to use it to cut blanks for duck carving. I find that it does not … I’m getting ahead of myself. I got several blades with the purchase from 1/8” to 3/8”. Who knows how old this mess is, but I stoked it up and tried a few cuts with it, using the old(20) blades. Needless to say, I’ve had problems with this saw. Can you suggest new accessories that I should get to replace the old, such as blades. Also, solid pieces of metal that adjust with allen screws above and below the cutting table that guide the blades…4 of them. Thanks. What else?


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GR8HUNTER

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#1 posted 06-19-2017 05:28 PM

they called cool blocks
but first have to know what you are trying to cut ?

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

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dschlic1

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#2 posted 06-19-2017 06:17 PM

The metal pieces you referred to are guide blocks. They are reversible. New ones are also available online. Google is your friend. There are also numerous YouTube videos on how to setup a bandsaw.

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saltwater

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#3 posted 06-19-2017 06:56 PM

I am resawing basswood 6” x 6”. I’m also cutting a blank for a duck head and body(6” x 6” x 20”)
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saltwater

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#4 posted 06-19-2017 06:57 PM

I’ve got the saw set up, but I don’t know which items to replace in order to get the best operation.
saltwater

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GR8HUNTER

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#5 posted 06-19-2017 07:18 PM

you need to have them set just right
see there is basic 2 operations to perform on band saw which is RESAW or CURVES
if planning on a lot of curves look into carter stabilizer
I am gonna try and make one from scratch since the are very expensive
if planning more resaw then get a wider blade less teeth 80 inch blades are out there
but every time you change blades you need to adjust cool blocks and bearings
GOOD LUCK :<))

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

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saltwater

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#6 posted 06-19-2017 07:32 PM

Thanks, guys, for all the helpful responses. I’m guessing from what you’ve said, I don’t need to replace the cool blocks, but definitely need new saw blades. The manual stresses readjusting cool blocks and bearings when you change blades. Enjoy!
saltwater

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MrUnix

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#7 posted 06-19-2017 09:06 PM

If your guide blocks are metal and chewed up, they can be refaced on a grinder or with a metal file easily. And if you have no idea how old or used those blades are, then you need to get a new one. The primary reason people have problems with a band saw is a dull/worn/old blade. The manual for your saw should have the information needed. Once you get all that squared away, watch the obligatory band saw tune up video below.

Band Saw Clinic with Alex Snodgrass

Cheers,
Brad

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

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jonah

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#8 posted 06-19-2017 09:18 PM

There was a video of a clinic that Alex Snodgrass did some years ago where he actually showed how to setup one of those 12” Craftsman saws. I just tried to find it on youtube but had no luck. The principles are the same no matter the saw, but it’d be nice for the original poster to see his saw in the video. I wish it was still online.

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GR8HUNTER

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#9 posted 06-19-2017 10:57 PM

they are very easy to adjust but you have to remember always this saw is an older model :<))

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

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