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Forum topic by Howarddavidp posted 09-16-2012 06:35 AM 5922 views 3 times favorited 8 replies Add to Favorites Watch
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Howarddavidp

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09-16-2012 06:35 AM

I have a Porter Cable 14” PCB330BS saw. From reading on the net, I saw others have used the Jet risers on their Porter Cable 14” bandsaws. When I first opened the Jet Riser box, it looked like it would fit right away. I also thought this was only the block, and not a complete kit! This made me pleasantly surprised that everything I needed was included for $109. The extended round post for the blade guard is included, and it fits exactly like it was made for the Porter Cable saw. I knew previously that the PC and the Jet used similar guides, because when I called Carter to purchase roller guides, they said that the Porter Cable saw uses the Jet roller guide kit since they do not make a specific kit for the Porter Cable. They were right, and the Jet kit works like it was made for the PCB330BS, so these kits are one in the same.

Like previously mentioned, you need to drill 2 small holes, which was not hard to do. Take your time and measure with a caliper before cutting. As for honing out the hole, like the others have said, this is really only necessary to use 1/2” or 3/4” blades. If you only use a 1/4” or 1/8” blade, this might not be necessary since there is enough room without expanding the inside diameter of the block. I know that the specs say the max blade width for this saw is 1/2”, but many have seen you can in fact use a 3/4” 1-TPI hook blade for big resawing jobs. The wheels and tires are big enough for using the bigger blades.

So, if you want a riser for you Porter Cable PCB330BS, this is the one to get. This is closest to the kit that Porter Cable has never made.

I would estimate 3 hours time to do the complete project, and sell or give away your 93.5” blades, as you will now move up to 105” blades. Oh yeah, a nice touch is that they give you a 105” 10 TPI 3/8 blade to get started with, so you can test it once you are done. You will need a 3/8 speed/steel bit for drilling the holes, and you will need some type of sanding, honing device to make the block opening slightly bigger. Sandpaper drill bits, like the kind used for sanding holes with your drill, will also work fine. You don’t need a nice finish, so 60 or 80 grit will work. Nobody will ever see this hole once you are done, so don’t worry about doing a “clean” job when you are opening up the hole.

Once you are done, you can now resaw 12” thick stock with a 3/4” 1 TPI hook blade very nicely. The saw has enough power to do this with the stock motor, which can be upgraded if needed. I am sure this block would void your warranty, but if your saw breaks it is easy enough to revert your saw back to stock and only you will be the wiser. None of the mods are done to your saw, you only modify the block to fit your saw.

ENJOY!

Woodcraft Item Number = Item #961137
http://www.woodcraft.com/product/200...ser-block.aspx


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GrandpaLen

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#1 posted 09-16-2012 02:15 PM

Welcome to LumberJocks , a world of advise, opinions, and experiences, all shared without judgement.

Hey, Thanks for that great reference info, I’m sure that one of the LJs will appreciate this in their future conversion.

Work Safely and have Fun. – Grandpa Len

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#2 posted 09-17-2012 02:21 PM

Welcome to LJ! Nice information you got there, Howard! Thanks!

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FlatheadRed

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#3 posted 11-27-2012 07:42 PM

That’s awesome! I bought the P/C saw as it was very reasonably priced. I did see the big drawback with no riser blocks but was willing to overlook that as I didn’t see a need for the riser blocks. I’m glad they fit as I will get one to allow me the flexiblity of a 12” cut.

Red

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FlatheadRed

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#4 posted 12-01-2012 12:01 AM

I have an update. This did not work for me. While Howard was correct in that two new holes must be drilled in order for it to fit, I found that the bar that holds the upper guides and allows them to be adjusted up and down doesn’t fit. Additionally, when you remove the old one (P-C) a spring with a ball bearing comes out which is near impossible to remove. Also the rear chain guard does fit but not well. I know that it was my call to purchase this but I’m out the money. I would advise against doing this mod.

Red

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Howarddavidp

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#5 posted 12-03-2012 02:58 AM

Hey Red,

Do you live on the East Coast? I might be able to make a weekend roadtrip and make that fit for you.

Use some 220 grit sandpaper on the guide bar that slides, that will make it fit better. As for the bearing and spring, I used masking tape to hold mine in place when I re-assembled it, then pulled the tape out once it was back together.

As for the rear guide, I did have to bend mine to get it to fit, but once it did, I never had any issues.

Let me be clear: This kit is not made for this saw. It will work, and I have yet to see something closer to the right block for this saw. But, you will need to make some mods to the pieces in the kit for them to fit exactly, and by exactly I mean close enough to use the saw without problems, but not what one would call a “perfect fit”. Funny thing is, even with the fit of this riser, it was no worse of a fit that the pieces on my HF saw, which worked great and I loved, but the molds needed some TLC to fit better (and never fit 100%). Let’s face it, if you have $750 to spare, go get a Grizzly G05??, that will be the best and comes with a riser…

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el_viejo

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#6 posted 12-09-2012 06:58 PM

Gentlemen, thank you all for taking the time to record your experiences. Red, I particularly appreciate the negative information since that provides critical warnings. Given the rest of what I’ve read, I’m going to take the risk and give it a try.

I’m very disapointed that Porter Cable has not provided a riser for this saw. It is otherwise an excellent value and the 10 amp motor can certainly handle resawing stock larger than 6”.

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Shawn1015

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#7 posted 12-10-2012 07:41 PM

I wanted add my comments to this post. I took a chance on the Jet riser and had success. It did take me close to 4 hours to get it to work. If you don’t want to take that amount of time then I would recommend you look at a different option. For me I am stuck with the PC 14” bandsaw and don’t have the extra cash for a new saw with the extra 6”.

I had to drill new holes for the riser to make it fit the PC. I used poster board to make an impression of the base to ensure the alignment of the pin locations. I then transfered that pattern to the riser block and drilled the new pin holes. I used regular drill bit for steel and had no problems. Once I got the riser block on, I then checked the alignment with the top and bottom wheels and had to do a little shimming to get the vertical alignment right.

The new guide bar was painted black and I used a hand sander and removed all the paint and took it the bare rod and it fit really well. I tired to slide the new one in place of the old one and the spring and ball bearing did come out but I had no problem putting in back in. The most time I spent was filing/sanding down the lower bout of the bar so the lower portion of the guide would fit. I also had to do a little filing on the back of the new blade guard so it would fit flush with the new riser.

After I leveled and tuned up the blocks/wheels it worked really well and I am very pleased. I hope this helps someone else.

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Crankynow

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#8 posted 09-19-2014 06:13 PM

I just got off the phone with porter cable at 888-609-9779 customer service. Asked if they have a riser for the band saw. They said sure! I placed the order wth them and it will be delivered in 7 to 10 days. So for those that say there is not something from the OEM, better check back with them. Will report back when I have the riser and install it on the PCB330BS that I bought at Lowes.

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