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Glenn

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1001 days ago

Upgraded my bs with a 6” riser block. Have the following parts available which were replaced in the upgrade:

  • largish bolt (about 1”x3”): secured the top half to the bottom half
  • inside blade guard, plastic
  • guide post: round steel rod that raises/lowers the guides which are attached at the bottom

I’m offering these in case anyone has a bandsaw they are rebuilding/restoring as I don’t need them anymore. Not looking to profit, but I would expect the shipping to be paid by the receiver. Probably not worth anything, but one man’s trash….

glenn [dot] hudspeth [at] gmail [dot] com

-- Glenn, Arkansas


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#1 posted 1001 days ago

Glenn, Sounds like your riser upgrade is a keeper. I’m interested in one for my Delta 14”. Did you have any problems with the install? -Jack

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#2 posted 1001 days ago

Jack,

I was a little hesitant on the $108 price tag at Amazon for the kit, but I’ve wanted it for a couple years, and now that it’s done, I don’t regret it. The reason I jumped was because I was getting ready to purchase some nice blades (Timberwolves), and I didn’t want to invest in a bunch of 93.5” bands only to later give them away, knowing that I wanted to upgrade at some point. So I just went ahead and went whole-hog.

As others have reviewed, the riser kit is very high quality (better than the original equipment). Install went off without a hitch as soon as I went and bought a wrench set that included 1-1/4” and 1-1/8” wrenches ($22 at Harbor Freight). I knew I needed this before I ordered the kit, having read the reviews on Amazon, which said the bolt is 31mm. Couldn’t find a 31mm metric wrench at Harbor Freight, only a 30mm and a 32mm, but someone on Amazon reported that a 1-1/4” would work just as well. I didn’t buy the new wrench set until after I had received the kit and started trying to install it. I guess I’m hard-headed and wanted to see if I could make it work with the two large crescent wrenches I have. It won’t—there’s not enough space to fit a large crescent wrench head around the bolt and nut. You have to put a 1-1/4” box-end wrench on the bolt to keep it from turning (the sides of the saw frame or a helper keep the wrench from moving) and put a 1-1/8” wrench on the nut and work it loose. That was the hardest part, but my bs is only a few years old, so I didn’t have any problem—it loosened right up with only one grunt. I didn’t find the top saw frame too heavy at all. I was able to lift it right off and lay it on a table while installing the riser. The other thing the directions seem to gloss over is that you have to put the new longer bolt down through the riser as you are re-installing the top frame rather than waiting until the frame is already seated on the riser. Otherwise it won’t go into the bottom hole because it’s too long and the frame interferes with its positioning. Again, this didn’t pose much of a problem however once I figured out how to do it. Oh, also, you have to install the new longer guide bar before you put the top half back on unless you want to take the table off the saw like I had to, which could have been avoided if I had just replaced the shorter guide bar with the new longer one before I sat the top half back on the riser. Directions told you to do it afterwards unfortunately. Finally, the new blade guard extension was a little tricky to figure out, but once you have it on, it makes perfect sense. I had to use the option “for older bandsaws” according to the directions, even though my saw isn’t old at all. It’s no big deal, just an extra little spacer (included) that repositions the guard to match up better with the original one.

All-in-all, I’m very happy with it. All the things mentioned were just minor annoyances—the kinds of things you figure out the first time you do something. The new 105” x 1/2” Timberwolf blade cuts much better than the old 3/8” blade I was using. I also bought a 1/4” and 1/8” blade so I’d have a little selection. I forgot to mention, I also got one of those little wheel brushes called a Carter Clean Sweep, I believe. Since the new inner blade guard is metal, I didn’t want to bother drilling a pilot hole for the included screw, so I just installed it with hot melt glue. Works great also. I’d recommend all of these upgrades. Turned a GOOD saw into a GREAT saw.

-- Glenn, Arkansas

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