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Dusty56

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07-17-2011 04:33 PM

Topic tags/keywords: question bandsaw

Hello LJs , Is there anyone out there that has this OLD band saw ?
It has a 3 step pulley for various blade speeds . However , I am only able to fit the belt to two of them which seem to rotate much too fast for sawing wood. The belt is much too short to go onto the third step. Do I need to purchase a new belt in order to use this one speed or is there an adjustment that I missed somewhere ?
I can’t get the motor to go up any higher as the mounting bracket hits against the bottom of the stand that it is on.I even tried repositioning the motor on its bracket…no better .
The online owners manual doesn’t have any info about changing the belts , but does indicate the speeds.
There are two belts on it , which I tried reversing , with no luck. At its present speed , there seems to be excess vibration coming from the lower wheel. The motor runs smooth as can be , so I don’t know if the old belts have developed a “set” from sitting around for a couple years (per previous owner) or if the vibration is coming from the wheel itself. It also needs new tires as they have a few small cracks in them and one of the blade guide holders (white metal) is also broken on one side. Has anyone upgraded their guide assemblies , and if so , what did you use ? The factory guide blocks are metal(steel or cast iron?) ...bottom ones are square and the top set is round.
Leave it to Grizzly !! LOL

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


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#1 posted 07-17-2011 06:20 PM

I don’t know about the bandsaw itself but Carter sells the guide replacement sets for many bandsaws. They also sell the “Stabilizer” guide for scrolling and other work requiring sharp turns (for 1/8” to 3/16” blade sizes). I’m quite happy with mine that I bought. You can check it out on the Carter website. Did you visit their booth when you came to the woodworking show in Springfield last January?

-- Lorna, Cape Cod

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#2 posted 07-17-2011 06:59 PM

Hi Lorna , yes , Alex sold me on the Carter Stabilizer kit and a new blade to go with it, which I bought for my JET 14” BS. I just picked this one up from Craigslist last week .
Have a great day , my friend : )

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

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#3 posted 09-13-2011 04:22 PM

I just picked up one of these last night for $250. Very little vibration, clean as a whistle, and perfect tires. All I’m missing is a decent blade (stock one still on there?) and the taper pin for the table alignment (where the blade slot is)

-- Dan, Rochester, NY

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#4 posted 09-13-2011 10:31 PM

I just picked up some new Olson blades on sale at Woodcraft….I’ve had ZERO problems with this brand to date , unlike the Timberwolves that I had….all three broke…..two at the factory welds : (

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

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#5 posted 09-13-2011 10:33 PM

I’m pretty convinced I’ll get a Wood Slicer.. Just have to decide between 3/4” and 1/2”. Any suggestions?

-- Dan, Rochester, NY

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#6 posted 09-13-2011 11:02 PM

You should have no problems using a 3/4” on that machine …the one I had came with a full 1 inch blade !
I’ve only heard good news about the Woodslicer , but no personal experience with one .

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

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#7 posted 11-15-2011 05:31 PM

It takes a different belt for the 3rd speed. Last page of manual.

http://cdn0.grizzly.com/manuals/g1538_m.pdf

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#8 posted 11-16-2011 01:06 AM

Thanks for your input …I had the original owners manual for the saw and that page wasn’t in it.
I’ve sold the saw since posting this over 120 days ago : )
Got rid of the vibration by using a link belt from Harbor Freight !!

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

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