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Forum topic by Cole McFarland posted 12-28-2012 10:56 PM 725 views 0 times favorited 10 replies Add to Favorites Watch
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12-28-2012 10:56 PM

Topic tags/keywords: bandsaw

Hi all, this piece broke on my bandsaw. I got it from my grandpa and its a 35 year old saw so I figured parts specified for it would be difficult to find. How do I fix this? Or could I find the piece at a hardware store? Thanks!


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#1 posted 12-28-2012 10:57 PM

Sorry for the sideways pictures!

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#2 posted 12-28-2012 11:18 PM

The pictures I’m looking at must be so sideways they are on someone else computer.

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#3 posted 12-28-2012 11:22 PM

yea, were gonna need more to go on. Make model and much more information. I don’t mind sideways, but a little less fuzzy and a few more.

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#4 posted 12-28-2012 11:24 PM

Did you break the part that holds the blade guides? That’s what it looks like. Yeah, we need make and model number to help.

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#5 posted 12-28-2012 11:29 PM

Looks like the pot metal piece that holds the cool blocks on each side of the blade—split at the retaining screw level. My suggestion is to go to the manufacturer’s web site and look up the replacement part, or just Google parts for the name of the bandsaw’s manufacturer and follow the link to some company like e-parts.

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#6 posted 12-28-2012 11:29 PM

Is it the upper blade guide that broke? Depending on the make and model a company named Carter might have an aftermarket replacement. Not cheap, I think the kit is about $179 for upper and lower blade guides. It is an upgrade to ball bearing guides.
Or if they make a kit to fit your saw someone might have the parts you need in a junk drawer that they replaced/ upgraded.

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#7 posted 12-28-2012 11:43 PM

I actually have a neighbor that is a welder and claims he can mimic the piece. What broke is the upper half of the blade guide. But it’s just the piece that holds the blocks to adjust against the blade. And from my understanding its a buffalo (first I’ve heard of the brand). I asked our neighbor if he could weld it but he said you can’t weld pot metal and that making the piece wouldn’t be difficult. If he can’t however, I’m going to make a guide of my own.

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#8 posted 12-29-2012 12:11 AM

I did a quick search for Buffalo band saw and found
http://www.sawcenter.com/bandsaw_parts.htm
They show a part for $25 that might be your pot metal guide!

-- Fine Custom Woodwork since 1978

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#9 posted 12-29-2012 02:19 AM

That is the right peice, but I feel I should wait to see what my neighbor can come up.

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#10 posted 12-29-2012 02:34 AM

Wdwerker—thanks for the link. I’ve been thinking about replacing the bearings on my Carter guides, and your cite has them at what appears to be a reasonable price.

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