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01-10-2012 01:38 AM

Topic tags/keywords: bandsaw

Hello, I had a bandsaw given to me, a Craftsman, unsure of the model, but it was far better than what I had, which was no band saw. The saw has capacity for sawing about 1 foot from the riser and maybe 8 to 10 inches depth. I put on a new blade (Vermont American) after cleaning up the tires and getting everything generally tuned up.

My issue is the saw doesn’t seem to be able to cut anything that is hard like maple or anything with any real thickness. I realize it isn’t a high end saw but shouldn’t it be capable of resawing reasonably thick material? Also, it doesn’t seen to want to cut straight. I have read some about “drift” in bandsaws and that may be al I am experiencing. Could it also be that the choice of blade is leaving me wanting? The blade was the most aggressive I could get at the local box store.

Am I just expecting too much from the saw?

I am sure I am not alone with this issue, maybe I should start a support group. :-)

Thanks In Advance

Dave

-- Upstate New York -- Do what you love and never work a day in your life.


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#1 posted 01-10-2012 01:57 AM

Dave, first off, no offense but a Vermont American blade (or router bits for that matter) is not a good blade just a cheap one. Please post a model number of your BS. Craftsman made many decent bandsaws to include a 12 inch model, that has been around for years. If you have a 3 wheeled saw well, that is a much more finicky model.

Next, the kind of blade is important. To resaw wood by it’s width, you need a 3 tooth per inch blade, usually 1/2 inch wide blade.

To cut curves you need a smaller blade, @ 1/4 or 3/8th inch blade.

Better blades are Timberwolf, Lennox. I have a Ridgid BS that many feel is underpowered, but with a 3TPI Timberwolf and proper set up, I can resaw 6 inch maple, or walnut easily with a nice slow feed rate.

Knowing what saw you have is the most important thing to give you proper advice…post a model number so we can help more.

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#2 posted 01-10-2012 01:58 AM

Are the teeth pointing in the right direction? If on upside down, it will not cut.

Just the first thought that came to mind.

-- Bill - Mesquite, TX --- "Everything with a power cord eventually winds up in the trash.” John Sarge , timber framer and blacksmith instructor at Tillers International school

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#3 posted 01-10-2012 02:02 AM

I think you are expecting a lot from this little saw. I have a 12 inch Craftsman from the ‘70’s. It has a 12” deep throat and about 8 inch height is the max cut. That will fit in it but it won’t cut it. Different blades cut differently. I have cut a lot of 1 1/2” yellow pine with mine. That about maxes it out. You have a saw there that will cut circles and curves but that is about the limit. The fewer teeth on a blade and the deeper the gullet between the teeth the faster it will cut. It is also a rougher cut. To re-saw and cut logs you need a really big saw with lots of horsepower.

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#4 posted 01-10-2012 02:14 AM

Todd and Bill have given you a couple of good ideas. Look to the blade, if the machine is moving the blade and it won’t cut wood you have a blade problem. If it cuts too slow and or wanders then look at the machine also. Check the blade tension to be sure the blade is really moving and not just sounding like it is.

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#5 posted 01-10-2012 02:21 AM

No offense taken at all.

I just went and checked. It is a craftsman Band Saw/sander, and looks like maybe 6” height capacity, no model visible. I thought it wasn’t the best blade, but like I said, al that was available locally and I wanted to get a new blade on it as the old ones were shot. I believe it is a 1/2” wide blade. I know it isn’t the best band saw but it is far superior to what I previously had and It just seems it should be able to do more than what it is so far.

-- Upstate New York -- Do what you love and never work a day in your life.

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#6 posted 01-10-2012 02:24 AM

“Are the teeth pointing in the right direction? If on upside down, it will not cut.”

Hmmmm. Can you put one on upside down? Or just backwards?

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#7 posted 01-10-2012 02:33 AM

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#8 posted 01-10-2012 02:34 AM

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#9 posted 01-10-2012 02:36 AM

or like the one on the left here…
http://www.villagewoodworkers.org/gpage.html

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#10 posted 01-10-2012 02:36 AM

Blade is on correctly. It does cut, just doesn’t seem to cut like I expect. It may be that I am just expecting too much from it with the blade that is on it. I don’t expect it to cut like a high end resaw bandsaw but I think it should be able to cut 2” thick maple shouldn’t it, or is that too much to expect?

-- Upstate New York -- Do what you love and never work a day in your life.

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#11 posted 01-10-2012 02:37 AM

bullethead, it is like the first one

-- Upstate New York -- Do what you love and never work a day in your life.

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#12 posted 01-10-2012 02:39 AM

Gee, I have a 12” Craftsman band saw and always use it for resawing. I have no problem with Maple, Oak, Mahogany, Bodark and a multitude of other wood, most of which is in log form from out property.

Can you take a picture of your saw and post it? It will be a lot easier to diagnose problems if we can see what we are working with.

-- Improvise.... Adapt...... Overcome!

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#13 posted 01-10-2012 02:42 AM

Dallas, What blade do you use on yours? I am thinking maybe a new “Quality” blade may make a world of difference

-- Upstate New York -- Do what you love and never work a day in your life.

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#14 posted 01-10-2012 02:42 AM

THis guy will send youa copy of the owners manual.
http://www.old-woodworking-tools.net/craftsman-model-113243310-vertical-band-saw-new-1987.html

My advice. Get a Timberwolf 3 TPI blade for @ 30 dollars. Makes sure the blade guides are set up right, to include the thrust bearing.

My BS does drift when resawing, but I can compensate for it with my feed angles.

That saw should cut 2 inch maple.

Just FYI, last year I bought a Ridgid BS blade new from Home Depot, for my Ridgid bandsaw and it would nto even cut pine. Just got a bad blade. It does happen.

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#15 posted 01-10-2012 02:42 AM

Ugghhh… that means it’s one of the little 1/2 or 3/4 horse hobby jobby types. It should cut 3” with no problem. I would put a decent blade on it, Olsen, Lenox, etc. Most of those can be had for under $20 including shipping.

Olsen blades Here

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