First band saw, need help replacing guides and bearings.

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Forum topic by Wickedbass posted 08-24-2013 08:33 PM 1498 views 0 times favorited 5 replies Add to Favorites Watch
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08-24-2013 08:33 PM

Topic tags/keywords: band saw craftsman 12

Hello, my first post and first band saw. I picked this up on CL for next to nothing, thought it would be a great first saw. It seems to work fine after a good cleaning. However the guides are chewed up and the thrust bearing is..well gone.
Where can I get guides for this as Sears no longer carries them? Can I get cool blocks for this?

I think I have the located the bearings, they have been ordered.

This is a craftsman 12” Band saw Tilt head model# 113.247210 Made somewhere around 1980.

Here is a pic of what I have: I can post an overall pic after work.

Thank you!

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#1 posted 08-24-2013 08:39 PM

I’m pretty sure I’ve seen Cool Blocks for Craftman 12” from your era for sale. But before you do that, it looks like you’ve got some life left in those. If the ends are chewed up, take them off and clean them up with a file and some sandpaper blocks.

Also, check the tires on the wheels. If they’re dry and cracked, you’re going to want to replace them.

-- ian | "You can't stop what's coming. It ain't all waiting on you. That's vanity."

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#2 posted 08-24-2013 08:44 PM

I think you can take those blocks off and swap them for the other side and use the other end. Check this out and see. Might save the cost of new blocks if you can find them.

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#3 posted 08-24-2013 10:04 PM

Excellent, thanks so much for the fast replies! Saving what’s there would be great. I will see if I can swap them or file and sand, great ideas as they are pretty chewed up on the inside.

As for the tires on the wheels, I will check them over. When I did my initial inspection of them I did notice the top on was not glued on. Are they supposed be? I took it off fairly easily to clean it up. I guess I should just go ahead and replace them, any ideas on where I can order them?

Thanks again

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#4 posted 08-24-2013 10:58 PM

you can go to an automotive store and get bearings just take the old one in or you can go to a industrial supply store and pick them up it doesn’t have to be the exact bearing just the ID

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#5 posted 08-24-2013 11:26 PM

You can make new guilds out of lignin vitae it’s super hard and you only need I pen blank worth. If you need some extra life out of the bandsaw tires wrap them in electrical tape just make sure to wrap it in the right direction.

-- Bad Crayon Studio

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