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Kaleb the Swede

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01-24-2013 03:45 PM

Hi guys. I do not own a bandsaw. I was wondering if this would work for most things. The guy only wants 75 for it? In my current situation I can’t spend much more than that. Can I resaw on it? What type of blade is best? Any thoughts would be great.

Craftsman Band Saw – $75 (Rio Grande)

CRAFTSMAN 12” Two Speed Band Saw
6” depth of cut
Tilt blade 0-45 degree
work surface 23”-27”
80” blade
1/2” sanding belt
Built in work light

-- Just trying to build something beautiful

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#1 posted 01-24-2013 03:54 PM

If that has the 1 1/8HP motor it’s not a bad saw. I’ve been using the same one for the last 2 years.

If you get this saw make sure you check the alignment and tightness of the pulleys to the mandrel and the motor.
I neglected that step and ruined the driven pulley by egging out the center. The pulleys are no longer made and I watched for parts for over a year before I found a used one.

The motor is also upgradable to 1 1/2 HP, but I haven’t done that yet. The 1 1/8 works fine for all I do with it, including resawing Bois D`Arc and other very hard woods.

-- Improvise.... Adapt...... Overcome!

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#2 posted 01-24-2013 04:00 PM

Rio grand

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Gene Howe

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#3 posted 01-24-2013 04:00 PM

For resawing, you’ll want a 1/2”-3/4” 3 to 4 TPI blade. You can get by with a less wide blade, but not advisable.
Here is where I get mine. Timberwolf

-- Gene 'The true soldier fights not because he hates what is in front of him, but because he loves what is behind him.' G. K. Chesterton

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Kaleb the Swede

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#4 posted 01-24-2013 04:07 PM

Thanks guys. Would the alignment issue on the pulleys be glaringly obvious? Or should I check that with some other tool (which I most likely don’t have). Totally new to this. Thank you again for the responses

-- Just trying to build something beautiful

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#5 posted 01-24-2013 04:08 PM

I have / had the craftsman 12” with tilting table. It was part of my first used tool purchase. I grew to absolutely hate the band saw! There was not enough power to resaw quickly, with the blade exiting the front I could not easily add an aftermarket fence, the steel blocks (replaced with cool blocks) did not do a good job eliminating drift, and the resaw capability was limited.

You are looking at a different model, but consider the limitations.

-- Jesse, Saint Louis, Missouri

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#6 posted 01-24-2013 04:11 PM


You can definately buy and use that saw, but it may be frustrating, resawing will be limited because of the limited depth of cut. the tiling head is a gimick that never really took off. My dad had one of these saws and didn’t get much use out of it.

It may be a good exercise in buying it to work on it, but you are buying a band saw to cut wood, not work on a band saw. I would strongly suggest trying to save another 50 to 100 dollars and buying something that would be easier to upgrade and last longer.

I can’t help but think you will buy this saw, and find a way to trade up too soon.

My two cents…

-- When you earnestly believe you can compensate for a lack of skill by doubling your efforts, there is no end to what you CAN'T do

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#7 posted 01-24-2013 04:13 PM


Dallas waited a year for parts, I’d pass on that band saw and would
look elsewhere.

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#8 posted 01-24-2013 04:15 PM

If you buy it you will get frustrated soon enough trying to resaw. It would be good for making curved pieces though.

-- Bondo Gaposis

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#9 posted 01-24-2013 04:16 PM

Maybe make your own and learn some skills along the way.

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#10 posted 01-24-2013 04:17 PM

The pulley’s aren’t obvious at first. It starts with a mild vibration that feels like a bad blade or a wheel out of round. It eventually progresses to the point that the saw wlaks across the floor and will pull it’s own plug.

I hate chasing the saw down while I’m resawing.

I had the saw apart at least a dozen times before I finally found the problem and the egg’ed out part was less than .017”.

the pulleys are aluminum and the shafts are steel. The machine was built by Emerson Electric and was one of Sears gems… until they quit supporting it and got someone else to build a lookalike that was a piece of crap.

I bought one of the electronic models of this saw with variable speed control and the speed would vary, the table would not stay flat and the fence was worthless.

The saw I have now I built my own fence for, (Just a piece of bedrail and some birch ply covering it), with a toggle clamp to lock it in place and I have zero drift resawing 6” lumber or green wood.

I use Lenox or Olsen Pro blades, 1/2” x 3TPI for resawing.

-- Improvise.... Adapt...... Overcome!

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#11 posted 01-24-2013 04:19 PM

I did wait to find a new pulley, but I took my old pulley to the machinist down the road and had him bore the old one oversized and install a bushing. It worked nicely.

-- Improvise.... Adapt...... Overcome!

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#12 posted 01-24-2013 04:31 PM

I have that saw and with a good blade, I get mine from Lee Valley, and tune up, it works fine. I use a piece of 1 1/2” aluminum angle for a fence. I also bolted a piece of 1 1/2” angle on the front for clamping. And I made a box stand for it for extra storage and casters. I have used 1/4, 3/8, and 1/2” blades. No matter what blade you use or how well you tune it, you will have to work on the cut edge to get rid of the cut marks. I would not recommend that saw for resawing.

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Kaleb the Swede

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#13 posted 01-24-2013 04:34 PM

great advice everyone. Not sure what I’m going to do but thanks. I guess in the long run I’ve made it work this long without one, so at worst I don’t have one for a while longer

-- Just trying to build something beautiful

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#14 posted 01-24-2013 04:53 PM

If nothing else, buy it and part it out on eBay. The two pulleys will bring just about what you give for the whole saw, then there are the wheels, the motor, the crank and the tables.

You could make enough profit to Upgrade the price of saws you are looking at, or have extra money for other toys.

By the way, if you buy this saw, let me know what you want for the short end removable table…. Mine is getting pretty worn and I’d like to find one in better shape.

-- Improvise.... Adapt...... Overcome!

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#15 posted 01-24-2013 04:58 PM

I have a little Rikon 10” that I got because I had a project where I needed a bandsaw and couldn’t afford a bigger one.

With a good blade designed for the purpose, Wood Slicer II from Highland Hardware, it can even resaw.
I still intend to build or buy a bigger saw, but I will definitely keep my smaller one for small curvy work.

I have a friend who has the saw you speak of. He’s never had a problem with it. I would suggest you might still get a bigger saw someday, but there is nothing wrong with having two.

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