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Forum topic by Florida_Jim posted 02-17-2011 03:41 AM 1884 views 0 times favorited 2 replies Add to Favorites Watch
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Florida_Jim

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02-17-2011 03:41 AM

I decided that I needed some serious resaw capabilities. After pricing new band saws, I decided to upgrade my 14” Jet. I bought it new in 1993, and it’s given me great service.
I made a visit to my local Woodcraft, and bought a Jet 6” riser kit, a Carter heavy tension spring, and a Kreg bandsaw fence. I also ordered a 105” “Woodslicer “ blade from Highland Woodworking.
And last but not least a segmented belt from Harbor Freight. Surprisingly the Belt is actually a “USA” product . It’s made by Jason industrial Inc. With a discount coupon You get four feet of A size belt for about twenty bucks. The belt made the saw run noticeably smoother..
Installing the riser kit went surprisingly smooth. Ten only glitch was that I had to drill the holes for the alignment pins on the bottom of the riser block a few thousands deeper so the block would properly seat on the frame.
I checked alignment with a four foot straight edge , and found that both wheels were still coplanar after installing the riser .
I installed and tensioned the woodsilcer blade, following the instructions from Highland.
Then I checked the alignment of the guide post, table squareness, and trunnions. I let the saw run a couple of minutes, then adjusted the “Cool block” guides, and thrust bearings.
I used Mark Duginske’s “New complete guide to the bandsaw” as a reference
After that, I installed the Kreg Fence. That went very easy, following Kreg’s instructions. The Woodslicer blade tracked almost true, just a very slight lead to the left.
I cut some maple scraps, and was extremely pleased with the overall performance.
I think this was a very worthwhile endeavor.
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#1 posted 02-17-2011 03:51 AM

Nice upgrades! You should get a lot of good use out of it.

I’m toying with the idea of getting a Woodslicer blade as I haven’t been all that happy with the Carter blade I bought for resawing.

-- Jonathan, Denver, CO "Constructive criticism is welcome and valued as it gives me new perspectives and helps me to advance as a woodworker."

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#2 posted 03-20-2011 12:12 AM

Great job : )
I’ve been thinking about replacing the belt on my Jet as well , seeing as I purchased the same one as you did from HF.

-- I'm absolutely positive that I couldn't be more uncertain!

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