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Forum topic by SomeClown posted 12-16-2012 07:00 PM 1278 views 0 times favorited 6 replies Add to Favorites Watch
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12-16-2012 07:00 PM

Topic tags/keywords: bandsaw re-saw black walnut

Guys,

Haven’t been on the forum for a long time, and my hobby has been mostly relegated to small things due to some health issues, way too much work at the office, etc., but I’m getting back on track now. So, with that, a couple of questions I think related to bandsaws:

(1) I want a bandsaw and am looking for advice. I’ve been thinking about getting a really old machine and restoring it (sort of scratches the itch I have for old cars at the same time…). Any recommendations on the older brands worth restoring?

(2) What I’m mostly looking for in a bandsaw at this point is re-saw capacity. My father has a lot of wood on the family property (acres of trees), and has spent his entire life as a forester. So, he’s planted a lot of trees and of course they sometimes come down in the wind, or just because he’s building another path, shed, or whatever. As an example, he’s got a whole couple of downed trees right now that are Black Walnut. My thoughts are that I can go cut them up with the chainsaw, de-bark them, then saw them down to rough board chunks on the bandsaw before I store them until they’re done. Is this realistic in a bandsaw? Or should I be looking at a different tool?

Thanks so much everyone, and glad to be back on the forums!

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#1 posted 12-16-2012 07:05 PM

You won’t go wrong acquiring a vintage or simply beat-up
24-36” industrial saw. I have seen fine Italian 30-36”
saws go for low prices…. and the reason is because
they are behemoths.

You need to look at your ceiling height if going for a
big saw.

Oliver, Yates, Tannewitz and Northfield are the big American
makes of fine old iron band saws. There were a lot of
others but those companies survived for a long time –
both Tannewitz and Northfield are still making big cast
iron band saws.

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#2 posted 12-16-2012 07:11 PM

Thanks, Loren. Ceiling height isn’t so much of an issue in my garage/shop… almost got enough room for a second floor in there just because of house design (first floor is 6’ off the ground).

By low prices, I’m assuming the ad in the following link does not qualify as low? I’m trying to get a good handle on what one of these old guys should go for, and this seems a little optimistic. As a newbie, though, I’m not certain.

Northfield 36” Bandsaw for sale here: http://seattle.craigslist.org/see/tls/3478593140.html

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#3 posted 12-16-2012 07:19 PM

Well, considering that it is in operational condition, that adds some
value. It may come with a lot of blades. Tire replacement on
a saw that size may run to several hundred bucks, so if the
tires are ok that’s something to consider.

I think the price on the Northfield is fair for a used machine of
that quality and capacity, but optimistic because at that price
it may take a year or more for a buyer to show up and take it away.

Big machines can be very hard to sell.

I’ve seen Yates and Tannewitz 30” saws for sale in the $500
range many time. Most of the old arn guys really want Oliver,
but that’s mostly because they want an all-Oliver shop.

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#4 posted 12-16-2012 07:27 PM

Good to know, thanks!

I think the biggest problem with that saw would be transport. I can rent a truck or whatever, but I’d have to count up the number of friends I have without back problems to see about moving the thing!

I’ll probably keep an eye on that one to see if it sells, but I’m probably going to keep looking for something a bit cheaper… we’ll see.

Thanks for the advice.

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#5 posted 12-16-2012 07:47 PM

My suggestion it to make sure your Jointer has the same capacity as your resaw capacity (or nearly so). In other words, 12in of resaw capacity needs at least a 12in jointer and planer to make use of that wide a board, in any practical sense.

My 2-cents…

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#6 posted 12-17-2012 02:19 PM

Vintagemachinery.com. You’ll find the good old saws in that site.

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