No kidding 12 inch band saw I bought for $ 40.00

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Forum topic by Jeffery Mullen posted 05-22-2012 06:18 AM 3203 views 0 times favorited 16 replies Add to Favorites Watch
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Jeffery Mullen

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05-22-2012 06:18 AM

Topic tags/keywords: bandsaw

I have looked and looked on craigslist and finally found a 12 inch band saw sears craft man that a guy was getting rid of do to the motor stopped working on him. I went to his house to pick it up from him and he gave me the old motor with the band saw and 5 different size blades to go with it. I loaded it in my van and gave him the $ 40.00 he asked for and took it home. He said it had sat in his garage for 2 years. I took the 1/2 horse power motor apart and dug all the sawdust out of the barrings that was clogged up and then put the motor back together and oiled it and put it back on the mount on the frame then cleaned the band saw sawdust build up around the wheel and oiled the spinning wheels and plugged the band saw into the out let and tried a cut. The band saw still works great for me today as I have had it for a month now. I have found other 12 inch band saws on craigslist with a running motor for no less than $ 400.00 used . Wow what a deal I got wouldn’t you say.

-- Jeffery Mullen

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#1 posted 05-22-2012 09:27 AM

Looks like a good deal. Congrats!

-- When asked what I did to make life worthwhile in my lifetime....I can respond with a great deal of pride and satisfaction, "I served a career in the United States Navy."

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#2 posted 05-22-2012 12:11 PM

Great deal and an excellent find.

-- Martin ....always count the number of fingers you have before, and after using the saw.

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#3 posted 05-23-2012 02:04 AM

Very good score. You gambled and won. If I’d bought it the motor would have been toast and the frame cracked.

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#4 posted 05-23-2012 06:04 AM

Thanks guys I did score nice.

-- Jeffery Mullen

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#5 posted 05-23-2012 08:40 AM

Cheater :)

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#6 posted 05-23-2012 12:31 PM


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#7 posted 05-23-2012 12:35 PM

Freakin awesome!!! That is a classic 70’s-80’s era Craftsman BS in great shape. Nice addition to your shop!

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#8 posted 05-23-2012 05:29 PM

Even with a new motor you probably would have landed less than $140. Sometimes there really is a vintage car in that old barn…

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#9 posted 05-24-2012 07:09 AM

I took a gallon size milk jug and cut it out with the band saw to fit the shape of the top of the motor and it just rest on it to keep the sawdust out of the motor as you can see in the picture. Smart huh !

-- Jeffery Mullen

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#10 posted 05-24-2012 10:22 AM

Nice find. These saws always come up on CL and they work just fine for very little money.

Don’t lay your jug directly on the motor – make up some kind of spacers so the motor doesn’t overheat and fry the capacitor. Also, if you needed to oil the wheels chances are the bearings are worn or dry. You may want to look into replacing them in the future.

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#11 posted 05-24-2012 05:13 PM

nice, ive got the same saw, picked it up for 60 at an estate sale. you cant compare it to a big hp saw or use it for resaw or anything, but its handy little bandsaw for just about anything else

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#12 posted 05-28-2012 11:28 PM

I got one of these on Craigslist for $65. New urethane tires and a Timberwolf 3TPI blade, and I resawed 6” Oak and Maple logs just fine. Just get a good blade. It’s a very capable saw!

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#13 posted 05-28-2012 11:36 PM

$40 !
That is a great buy. Usually it goes around $125 – $150 in my area.

I have one just like it and runs great.
I saw one on CL for $40 too. It is temping. Unfortunately, I already have too much junk in the Garage.

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#14 posted 05-28-2012 11:47 PM

I have the early 70’s fourteen inch version of this machine. To this day it is still doing the job for me. Great find.

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#15 posted 05-29-2012 12:21 AM

I just checked CL in Kansas City and they also have one for $40. Small world. A 10 inch.

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