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Forum topic by SnowyRiver posted 05-30-2011 02:15 AM 6049 views 0 times favorited 3 replies Add to Favorites Watch
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SnowyRiver

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05-30-2011 02:15 AM

I have the opportunity to buy a Boice Crane oscillating spindle sander for $475. The spindle bearings have been changed. It also comes with quite a variety of spindles and sanding sleeves. The machine is supposed to be in top running order although I understand it was manufactured in the 1970s. What do you think? Is it worth the price? I havent had any Boice Crane equipment before, but it looks nice in the pictures.

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-- Wayne - Plymouth MN


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Jack Barnhill

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#1 posted 05-30-2011 02:24 AM

Just a quick check at Jet and Grizzly show that they have functional equivalents and $1150 and $665 respectively. At $475 and in top working order, MHO would be that it seems to be a reasonable price.

My only concern, for myself, would be that I don’t have any experience in rebuilding these units so if something would happen to break on it, would I be able to fix it.

-- Best regards, Jack -- I may not be good, but I'm slow -- www.BarnhillWoodworks.com

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#2 posted 05-30-2011 02:24 AM

Just an off hand guess, but I would think it is worth it. At one time I had an old Boice Crane table saw and it was well built with nice fit and finish on everything. A good quality machine.

I personally would prefer that sander used,instead of a lower quality new one.

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#3 posted 05-30-2011 03:13 AM

I have a Boice Crane 26” scroll saw that was manufactured in the late 50’s / early 60’s and from what I can tell. The top had a bit of rust, which was easy to clean up. I changed the belt and it runs great with 60 minutes of prep. These are industrial machines and agree that it would be a better purchase than the newer ones at a much higher price. Mine had a quality Dayton motor. Plan to do a full restoration at some point, but it works fine now, so it will get some use before restoration.

Check out the Old Woodworking Machine Sites on Boice Crane.
http://vintagemachinery.org/mfgindex/detail.aspx?id=111 – Company Info
http://vintagemachinery.org/pubs/detail.aspx?id=645 – A Spindle Sander Manual

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