|Forum topic by pendledad||posted 10-15-2012 02:30 PM||1176 views||0 times favorited||14 replies|
10-15-2012 02:30 PM
Jocks, I need help/advice with my tools. I had such a frustrating weekend so let me give you the back story and vent a little…
I’m in the final stages of building my radiator covers. The only piece left is the french cleat to attach them to the wall. I figured I would just bump the table saw to 45 degrees and rip a board to get my two pieces. I have an older 1950’s craftsman 8” saw where the arbor tilts, and the motor slides on a metal pin in the back. When I went to fire up the saw, the belt flung off. After some minor tweaks to the motor position, I ended up getting the saw to run at 45 degrees. As I was half way into the rip, I noticed some akward vibrations and the wood stopped feeding into the blade correctly. I didn’t panic, I held my push block down and I just bumped my knee to get the safety switch off (thankfully I installed that switch). Turns out the wood was drifting away from the fence a bit and I was headed for a kickback. The fences on these saws are notoriously bad, they don’t really self square. I tried my best to measure the fence to ensure it was parallel with the blade at front and back, but I must have been off a tiny bit. I usually set the back of the fence a bit further away to ensure I don’t get binding, but even that didn’t work. Anyways, it scared me, so I decided to use a different tool for the job.
I have two band saws. I tried my smaller 10” first. As I tilted the table to 45 degrees, SNAP! The aluminum bottom blade guide snapped off. That saw is now scrap because the time to buy a replacement part isn’t worth it in my eyes. It is just an el cheapo craftsman from an estate sale.
So … I headed to the second band saw. It is the same set from the 1950’s as my table saw (Pictures in my workshop gallery). So I went to tilt the table and fired it up … worked fine. I clamped a temporary fence to the table and ripped my cleat at 45 degrees. However, I went to start my second piece, and the blade fell off the tires. I opened the case and inspected what happened. Couldn’t really figure it out, so I put the blade back on and tried again. This time, after getting about 1/2 down the board, I hear another loud sound and the blade is loose again. Opened the cover to find two tires actually came off the wheels. I have the original owners manual so I read through and set the saw up according to the instructions. I made sure the wheels were all in alignment and the blade guides were all set correctly. I think part of the problem is the tension mechanisms aren’t working properly. Also I read the tires probably need replacing. I don’t know if they still make tires for my saw, but I don’t really want to spend the time and effort in these old machines if they’re not going to yield what I want. Plus this bandsaw only has about 3.5”-3.75” resaw capacity, which isn’t critical, but something I will hate in the future as I get more into this hobby.
After spending almost all weekend working on my tools rather than my project, I had a thought:
Do I abandon these older tools and start looking for newer ones?
Here is what I feel would last me a long time for my needs:
10” Table saw with a proper fence. Riving knife/blade guard would be nice. Contractor or cabinet?
Again, I’m now leaning more towards quality and reliability over good value. What are your thoughts?