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Forum topic by joshtank posted 04-21-2011 04:13 PM 7449 views 0 times favorited 4 replies Add to Favorites Watch
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04-21-2011 04:13 PM

Topic tags/keywords: bandsaw craftsman

it’s a very long trip, or a disappointing short one, however you look at, i have a few questions..
it’s model 137.224120
i got if off craigslist for $120.
it looks like this..

basically i’m wondering who else has this saw and what other mods you’ve done to it…

pending that.. here’s some details.

BLADES: right now it has a 91” x 3/8 blade on it. i’m reading about all types of blades in lonnie birds “the bandsaw book” (thanks library). but as unsure about how much tension this bandsaw can create?? is a half inch blade pushing it?

it uses these steel pin things as upper and lower guides..

is there an upgrade for this? or do i get a whole different upper blade guard etc?

here’s an insanely long link to more info on the steel guides it has.

is that even a possibility of this type of bandsaw? has anyone here added one on this model etc?

and of course, since this is my first bandsaw….

does anyone else have any recommended upgrades? the saw was $120, and i have a kid on the way, so… a $100 fence seems impractical.

-- Josh - Jacksonville, FL -

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#1 posted 04-21-2011 08:25 PM

sweet.. i found some round cool blocks.. better than the steel sears ones i am guessing..

-- Josh - Jacksonville, FL -

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#2 posted 04-21-2011 08:45 PM

We have this same saw at my warehouse and I’m not crazy about it, however it has a crap blade on it and warn down guides, but I see potential. After tuning it up it has decent tension and seems to have decent build quality… those cool blocks are def worth upgrading too along with that blade. At 120 i don’t see how you can go wrong really that price is excellent

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#3 posted 04-21-2011 10:29 PM

I have a 12” craftsman BS, but its about 20-30yrs older than yours. My thoughts:

-1/2” blade works ok for ripping 1”-1.5” thick boards. Other than that, it performs horribly on my saw. Can;t resaw anything. For whatever reason, a 3/8” blade resaws WAY better. Of course, these saws were not designed to resaw tree trunks, so 3-4” is about the limit.

-No way would I invest much in a fence. I personally don’t use a fence on a BS enough to justify spending a lot on a commercial product. I have a simple “L” shaped fence, made out of MDF. One side of the “L” is 2” and the other is 4”. Its held in place with a couple cheap clamps. So far, it hasn’t let me down. You should try this first, and upgrade from there if the need presents itself.

-The table on my saw is a pathetic 12×15. I made a larger table out of birch ply.

-I replaced the original rubber tires with some urethane tires. Made a big difference. Granted the original tires were 30+ years old, but the new tires made the saw run much smoother.

-I also upgraded the with cool blocks.

-I personally see no need for a tension release lever. The extra 30 seconds it saves during blade changes aren’t important to me. Some feel you must release the tension when the saw is not in use to avoid blade/tire damage. A lever makes this quicker and easier. Others think blade/tire damage is a myth. I’m of the latter opinion, but I’d encourage you to research and make your own informed decision.

-Make a resaw guide.

- I remember the thread where you were soliciting opinions about this saw. I still think you should have held out for a 14” saw, but you did find a nice buy on this 12”. That said, I’d avoid buying any high dollar gear for this saw unless it can be removed and reinstalled on the 14” you’ll enevitably buy in the future :lol: With minimal money invested in this saw, you should easily be able to resell it for at least what you put in.

For what its worth. My .02

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#4 posted 12-15-2017 12:38 PM

- joshtank

How has the saw run for you (if you still have it).. If you don’t, what were the problems that drove you to upgrading (and what did you end up with?)


-- only an idiot dismisses an intelligent statement because they dont know anything about the person delivering it.

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