Need Advice On Best Way To Level A 18 inch Bandsaw

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05-29-2012 02:48 AM

Topic tags/keywords: bandsaw level secure jet

I am in the process of reconditioning a 18 inch Jet Bandsaw. (weight approx. 325 pounds) I am putting together a workshop the a limited space of one bay of a two car garage. Since my space is limited, my location choice for the saw is limited and the only open floor space is very uneven. I am looking for suggestions on the best way to level the saw while keeping the base steady and sturdy.

I was thinking that a 3/4 inch plywood sheet with shims for level would create a good broad base for the saw to sit upon. I am not sure if I will need to (or should) secure the saw to the floor or to the plywoood.

Any advice or insight is appreciated.

All the best,


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#1 posted 05-29-2012 05:19 AM

We had a large band saw many years ago. I just used some hard wood shims. It doesn’t have to be completely level, just solid.

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#2 posted 05-29-2012 10:35 AM

buildit: A single sheet of ply might just take on the form of the surface it sits on after a while and end up rocking anyways. I dont have a pic any more of my old base, but I used some yellow pine 2X4’s. I ripped the side/end pieces to 3” and jointed the tops pieces to glue edge, then put a couple nice coats of clear poly. I made it to be 4” wider and longer than the base. I used lag bolts/washers/shims to secure the saw to the base. I’m a pretty tall guy and the 3” height adjustment did wonders for my back. I always thought most BS tables were set too low….... even average height people.

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#3 posted 05-29-2012 12:12 PM

I used bolts to level this.

You could build a base, with or without wheels, and attach angle iron to the base.

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#4 posted 05-29-2012 01:24 PM

I have a sloping garage floor so I had to make levelers for my BS also. I made a base from 2, 1/2” pieces of OSB laminated together to make a 1” thick base then I added a 1/2” T-nut at each corner. Bolted the base to the band saw and screwed in some carriage bolts. Then I took 4 hockey pucks and drilled some shallow recesses to accept the the heads of the carriage bolts. Don’t make the recesses too deep or you won’t be able to use a wrench on the carriage bolt. Placed a hockey puck under each corner and leveled up the band saw using the carriage bolts. You can use a wrench on the square portion of the carriage bolt to turn it with the weight of the saw on it. Here is a picture that makes it more clear, hopefully.

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#5 posted 05-29-2012 04:45 PM

I was going to recommend something like Hairy showed.

You could also put some washers in that design, but that’s just a thought.

If your’s doesn’t have some flange or base brackets built into the stand, just get 2 3/4” pieces of plywood stacked or some 2×12’s run side to side (like Bondo’s) and then use the same bolt+nut+washer design as Hairy’s.

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#6 posted 06-04-2012 05:57 PM

Thanks for all the suggestions. I think I will start low tech with
Shims then progress to the hockey pucks.

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#7 posted 06-04-2012 06:12 PM

If I recall, the Jet 18” has a platform base.
If it doesn’t already have holes in the corners, you could drill them for leveller studs fairly easily.

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