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Forum topic by BuyoMasilla posted 12-28-2011 06:40 PM 4502 views 0 times favorited 6 replies Add to Favorites Watch
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BuyoMasilla

102 posts in 2012 days


12-28-2011 06:40 PM

Topic tags/keywords: bandsaw question scrollworking shaping

Greetings Y’All Y’All,

Hope you had a Great Christmas, Wish you a Prosperous New Year.

On Christmas Day my Stepson brought me a little old bandsaw. It had been collecting dust & webs for years at his inlaws’ garage. It is a Skil 3104 three wheeled band saw.

The motor runs but with great noise. The little thing has a little over 3 inch resaw capacity I guess, it is supposed to handle a 1/2 thick or less blade, it came with a rusty (seemingly sharp) blade. The case is plastic and has some cracks on the back. Rust abounds. There appears to be an issue with the blade tightening system. I only see the end of a bolt (rounded end at that) through a hole in a metal housing. I can not telll how that bolt is turned to loosen or tighten the blade tension.

I feel this may be a nice little tool to have if I can get it to work. The motor has adjustable speed and it should be able to handle many tasks. I am hoping the first one will be the shaping of a home made hand plane fellow lumberjock Hal (HalDougherty) has made some of and helped me with. This saw will hopefully be my pseudo scroll saw and allow me to play with small band saw boxes, we’ll see.

If you are familiar with this saw and can advise me on the blade tightening system, I would be grateful. If there is anything else you may want to chime in with, you’re wecome to do so of course. I’d be curious to hear from anyone who used our owned one of these. I don’t think I would have bought it, but having it dropped by Santa, sorto speak, the price was right. Another little project to play with.

I hope to hear from you, thanks for visiting and reading.

Mario

I will try to imbed some pictures of a similar model at this time.

-- Dreaming of the day I might joint two pieces of wood square..........


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mrg

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#1 posted 12-28-2011 11:48 PM

First I would clean the saw up. The noise is probably from crude build up and rust on the blade. I would take the wheels off, they should be held on the shafts with clips and clean the shafts and add some lube. The blade is most likely shot and are inexpensive. The tensioner should be like any other band saw with a bolt at the top that goes through a block and bolt sits on the frame. You crank the bolt right to tighten or left to loosen the blade. The block is connected to the top wheel or a tensioner.

Is the motor directly connected to a wheel or is the saw belt driven? If belt driven take the belt off to see see if its the motor making the noise or the wheels.

Good luck.

-- mrg

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KOVA

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#2 posted 12-29-2011 07:00 AM

TE ENVIDIO MARIO!!!!!
TIENES MUCHA SUERTE PERO TAMBIÉN MUCHO TRABAJO ;-)
TE MANDO UN FUERTE ABRAZO DESDE ARGENTINA Y FELÍZ 2012 AMIGO!!!!!

-- KOVA, EL CARPINTERO DEL PUEBLO https://www.facebook.com/pages/El-Carpintero-Del-Pueblo/148976618479733

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#3 posted 12-29-2011 12:44 PM

Mario,
I believe that when it comes to repair/restore/rebuild old tools it is important to know which one are worth your time and your efforts and your money and which one are not worth it.
My wife attaches sentimental value to everything which was given to her.
I do not.
You can find a pretty good 14” band saw on KSL or Craiglist for less than $150 ( I paid $100.00 for an hardly used one).
It is for you to decide how much this saw is worth for you.
Personally I would not spend much time or any money on it.

-- Bert

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#4 posted 12-29-2011 01:27 PM

There are a bunch of band saws for sale on KSL, and at least two 14” for $100.00.
This the way I would go.
There is a saw similar to yours but in much better shape for $40.00

-- Bert

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b2rtch

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#5 posted 12-29-2011 01:39 PM

Mario,
How do you like this one on Craig list?
http://saltlakecity.craigslist.org/tls/2760942442.html

-- Bert

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BuyoMasilla

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#6 posted 12-29-2011 10:21 PM

Thank you guys!!, Bert, that last one sure looks like a project. Isn’t it funny how often the term vintage is attached to an old piece of junk? Maybe I’ll start referring to myself as vintage, I’ll wait till after I shower though.

I gave the little saw a cat bath. found a way to adjust the blade tension by adding washer, lock washer and nut, and there is an allen set screw I’ll need to get for the round part that stops the blades travel backwards. The “cooling blocks” sit on straight and one at an angle. They were pretty hammered, but they are interchangable so by switching them I have exposed an unused side to each one of the four (two per top and bottom). Still sounds pretty rough, I’ll just have to use it and see what happens.

Thanks again Guys.
Mario

-- Dreaming of the day I might joint two pieces of wood square..........

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