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urshurak776

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02-21-2018 03:20 PM

Hi all,

New here. I am just starting out, and have limited space. I have a sliding miter saw and a Porter Cable table saw. A friend pointed this out.

https://charlotte.craigslist.org/tls/d/band-saw/6501257435.html

I emailed him and he said he would let it go for $30. Do you guys think it would be worth it?

Thanks :)


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#1 posted 02-21-2018 03:25 PM

Ursh, I’m not familiar with that bandsaw at all and I’m not a bandsaw expert, either. The seller says he can’t get the wheels balanced… So I’d ask myself (seriously) what that means and if I could reasonably expect to be able to fix this issue if he couldn’t.

$30 is a low price, but makes for an expensive paperweight all the same.

Not sure what to advise, other than good luck. Maybe someone with that specific model will chime in.

-- Don't anthropomorphize your handplanes. They hate it when you do that. -- OldTools Archive --

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urshurak776

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#2 posted 02-21-2018 03:43 PM

Thanks Smitty. I saw that, but I’m not sure if it is a defect or if following the videos on bandsaw setup would correct it. Maybe the $30 would be worth it just as a learning experience. Ugh….not sure. I’m torn between “great deal” and “maybe NOT a great deal…”

If it is a wheel balance issue, I have some experience getting car wheels balanced. It may be a simple weight added or one side of a wheel ground away slightly.

Hope fully someone can help that has seen this model before. Hitachi CB6Y

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#3 posted 02-21-2018 03:48 PM

Maybe the $30 would be worth it just as a learning experience.Hitachi CB6Y

- urshurak776

I’ve been there. Learning Experience could mean “don’t by stuff that isn’t working well,” or “boy, I sure learned about bandsaw setup and got a great deal as a result.”

It’s whether you get it working or not. Maybe he’ll entertain more detailed questions, if he’s a good seller.

Maybe keep looking, if you’ve got the patience. Then there’s always ‘what are you wanting to do with it?’ It’s a small saw for resewing, that’s certain. I do love the part where he says, other than that it works great.

-- Don't anthropomorphize your handplanes. They hate it when you do that. -- OldTools Archive --

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urshurak776

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#4 posted 02-21-2018 03:54 PM

Yes sir! I’ll see if he will answer some questions.

Definitely a crap shoot probably.

I may just pass unless someone chimes in and says it’s a good saw.

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urshurak776

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#5 posted 02-21-2018 04:05 PM

Smitty,

He responded:

Yes, the blade will jump off the wheels if they are not calibrated correctly. I have fiddled with it but cant seem to get it right. There are apparently ways to do this but i am not skilled at such things. Basically there are multiple adjustments for each wheel and they need to be adjusted the right way relative to each other to keep the blade centered. The imbalance occurred when i put on a new blade so it is possible i just have too big or small blade on it.

What do you think? I am going to see if i can find te manual online and see if this is addressed (the adjustments.)

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Smitty_Cabinetshop

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#6 posted 02-21-2018 04:09 PM

Looking for the manual is a really good idea, yep! Could be as simple as blade tension, too.

-- Don't anthropomorphize your handplanes. They hate it when you do that. -- OldTools Archive --

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urshurak776

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#7 posted 02-21-2018 04:22 PM

I just found the manual and there are a million adjustments it seems like. It does say in manual to do all the tracking adjustments, etc. after a new blade is installed. Lots of set screws and “tilting mechanisms: involved so I think I can make it work. I’ll take the chance and report back.

Thanks for all your help Smitty!

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#8 posted 02-21-2018 04:27 PM

I’d pass on it and look for something a little bit better off. ie easier to get up and running. nothing can be more discouraging then chasing down parts for an old machine to get it up and running

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#9 posted 02-21-2018 04:29 PM

Before you buy, loosen the blade and rock the wheels, looking for bad bearings.
Unplugged of course.

-- Mike in SoCal

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urshurak776

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#10 posted 02-21-2018 04:37 PM

Thanks everyone. I’ll try that Notajock.

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#11 posted 02-21-2018 04:43 PM

By “balancing the wheels” he likely means he
can’t get the blade to track.

There’s a learning curve to band saw tracking.
It’s easier with some saws than others. Sometimes
a blade is bent and can’t be made to track but
usually it’s just a matter of learning about the
saw’s quirks. They all have them.

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urshurak776

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#12 posted 02-21-2018 05:24 PM

That’s encouraging! Thank you Loren. I am meeting him tomorrow by my office. I’ll report back.

Thank you all so much! This forum is great!!!!

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#13 posted 02-21-2018 09:54 PM

When you do it by hand (before ever turning the machine on) make sure you are spinning the wheels in the same direction the blade cuts. The blade shouldn’t be touching anything but the wheels. No guides no nothing.

-- Shooting down the walls of heartache. Bang bang. I am. The warrior.

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#14 posted 02-21-2018 10:24 PM



When you do it by hand (before ever turning the machine on) make sure you are spinning the wheels in the same direction the blade cuts. The blade shouldn’t be touching anything but the wheels. No guides no nothing.

- TheFridge

Thanks. I’ll do this tomorrow when I see the machine.

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#15 posted 02-22-2018 07:23 PM

Hi all. I went ahead and bought it. It looked to be in good shape. Needs a little cleaning up and obviously it needs to be adjusted. I checked the bearings on the wheels and they seemed fine. No issues to note. A little TLC and adjustment and I think it will be okay. The only thing to note is the buckles on the “doors” are weak and one is broken. Not sure how to deal with that yet. They do stay closed, but I may try and rig something up, or even use a piece of industrial velcro.

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