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Forum topic by vicente posted 03-25-2011 12:57 PM 688 views 0 times favorited 3 replies Add to Favorites Watch
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03-25-2011 12:57 PM

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I am an artisan of Brazil, I need a bandsaw but here this is not a tool communism, so I looked in EUA.O problem is that for a band saw 14 “which costs $ 900 freight costs more than $ 1,500. 60 more Customs House asim% of the cost the final cost is almost $ 4.000.Pensei then
buy a chain saw craftsman 10 “at Sears who has the cheapest shipping, but the motorde1/3hp is too weak for my work. Could someone please tell me if I can change this by another motor of 3 / 4 or 1 / 2 hp.
Obrigad, Vicente.

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#1 posted 03-25-2011 04:16 PM

I’m not certain but I expect that you could put a bigger motor on a Craftsman bandsaw. However, before doing that, I recommend getting a really good blade. The blade that will come with the saw will probably not be very good. A really good blade makes a lot of difference in how a bandsaw cuts. You may learn that you don’t need a bigger motor if you have a good blade.

You can find lots of recommendations on blades at this site. I like Timber Wolfs but others will have different opinions.

-- Rich, Cedar Rapids, IA - I'm a woodworker. I don't create beauty, I reveal it.

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#2 posted 03-25-2011 04:21 PM

Posts like this are humbling to me. I often complain about access but I really don’t know what I’m talking about. I would think the bandsaw, by nature, would be a tool where motor change would be relatively straight forward. Have you considered building your own bandsaw, as others have done here? An old motor, $50 for a Timberwolf, and some lumber might be an alternative. Good luck, my friend.

-- My dad and I built a 65 chev pick up.I killed trannys in that thing for some reason-Hog

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#3 posted 03-25-2011 04:44 PM

Hello Vicente, I might be able to find you a good bandsaw in Brasil. I have contacts there in the marcenaria business and know where to get a bandsaw. Can you use a bigger bandsaw? It is easier to find larger ones.
I am normally in the Sao Paulo area when there.

-- Oldworld, Fair Oaks, Ca

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