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Forum topic by JKBogle posted 01-16-2011 02:54 PM 10027 views 2 times favorited 22 replies Add to Favorites Watch
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JKBogle

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01-16-2011 02:54 PM

hello Lumberjocks!

I recently purchases a Buffalo 14” bandsaw with a model number of BP-VBS-14. The saw did not come with a manual. I have been scouring the internet and cannot find a manual or any reference material. I believe Buffalo is an off brand of Delta but had no luck getting help from them.

Does anyone have or heard of this Buffalo bandsaw? Im hoping that someone can point me in the right direction or have a copy of the manual.

By the way, this is a tool gloat as well, I recently purchased this bandsaw for $50.00!

Thanks Guys!


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Russ

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#1 posted 01-16-2011 11:23 PM

I don’t think they are related to Delta. I have a lathe from this company and from what I can tell they don’t exist anymore and where an importer. One guy told me they used to sell low cost tools at wood shows. Hopefully someone here will have a manual. I’m not an expert but it seems bandsaw setups are pretty similar from manufacturer to manufacturer. You might see if it looks like some of Harbor Freight as they has an almost exact same lathe as mine and it helped me. Good buy.

-- Russ

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#2 posted 01-16-2011 11:25 PM

Probably another import BS similar to Grizzly, Reliant and others. Judging fro the manufacture date, I would say it’s close to a Reliant, maybe you could dig up a manaual for that somewhere. Some of the import saws came drom the same factory, different color and some different accesories, but are essentially the same saw. You should be able to tune er up and run er without much problem as long it’s in basic running shape. For a $50 bill you can’t go wrong as long as you don’t expect it’s gonna elbow up to a Laguna or MiniMax

John

-- In the shop making chaos out of order

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JKBogle

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#3 posted 01-23-2011 02:56 PM

As a followup I found out that Buffalo was purchased by WMH Tool Group, a subsidiary of Walter Meier Holding AG in the 90’s. Walter Meier makes Jet and Powermatic. Additionally I found out that Jet carries service parts for Buffalo as well.

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Russ

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#4 posted 01-24-2011 04:32 PM

Thank you for sharing the information JKBogle

-- Russ

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#5 posted 06-28-2011 11:38 PM

Just bought a similar Buffalo for $150…guess you beat me on the price. Like to know if you found anything useful in the maual search.

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DamnYankee

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#6 posted 06-29-2011 01:54 AM

I just found an owners manual. The manual says its for a “GENERAL MACHINERY WOOD BANDSAW
14” W/DUST COLLECTOR models 32206/32208”. Having looked through the manual and comparing it to my bandsaw it is the same machine. I can email it to you if you want it.

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harris13

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#7 posted 02-05-2012 04:10 PM

Rob, please send it to me if you still have it. My email is deb4060@centurylink.net. Thanks

-- Harris, North Carolina

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#8 posted 02-06-2012 12:57 AM

Rob, thanks for the email.

-- Harris, North Carolina

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#9 posted 02-06-2012 07:59 AM

Interesting never heard of buffaloe tools before.

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#10 posted 02-06-2012 09:54 AM

Rob, could you send the manual to me as well?
My Trojan bandsaw is very similar, probably made in the same factory.
My e-mail is tdombowsky@live.com
Thanks.

-- --Tyrone - BC, Canada "Nothing is ever perfect, we just run out of time."

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mfm22

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#11 posted 02-07-2012 07:26 PM

IF YOUR STILL LOOKING FOR:

I have a manual of the Buffalo Bandsaw model no. BP-VBS-14 that came with mine when I bought it back in the 70’s. If any one needs a copy, I would be more than happy to copy & email to you. Just let me know and give me a day or two to get it out to you.
Email: kbob55@valornet.com

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harris13

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#12 posted 02-07-2012 11:10 PM

mfm22, please email me a copy of the manual whenever you can. Thanks a Million. my email is deb4060@centurylink.net

-- Harris, North Carolina

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TheWoodenOyster

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#13 posted 02-07-2013 03:18 AM

I just came across one of these on Craigslist and am wondering if it is a decent saw. Any opinions from longtime owners?

-- The Wood Is Your Oyster

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#14 posted 07-23-2013 10:00 PM

I picked up a Craftmaster 14” wood cutting band saw dated 1986. Looks just like the Buffalo on the manual and uses the same model #. The badge says Homier Distributing Huntington, Indiana and Made in Taiwan is stamped on top of the base. Homier Distributing seems to still be in business. I sent them an e-mail the other day. Still waiting for a response. I got a new 93.5” blade with it, and that’s supposed to be the size it takes.
Seems to be a pretty decent saw. Or at least this one has held up pretty good over the last 27 years…

edit: If anyone knows where I can find that manual let me know. Thanks.

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BobE

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#15 posted 07-26-2013 01:35 AM

Just an update in case somebody searches google for one of these saws and finds this thread like I did.
Still haven’t heard from Homier, and mfm22’s email address returns a delivery notification failure…
But I did some searching. It appears all of these 14” Made in Taiwan Delta imitation band saws come from Hung Li Hsing Electric Works Co. Ltd. http://www.elephant.com.tw/band-saw.htm . They were distributed under many different brand names. And from what I’ve read parts will swap and interchange easily. People commonly refer to them as elephant band saws because of the companies elephant fetish.
I managed to find an old manual for one that looks very similar to the saw pictured in JKBogle’s first post.
http://www.scribd.com/doc/156059681/Elephant-band-saw-manual-AW14-M1

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