Name that saw! Budding woodworker attempting to identify a used bandsaw for purchase

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Forum topic by pjb2357 posted 09-04-2013 07:27 AM 1382 views 0 times favorited 6 replies Add to Favorites Watch
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09-04-2013 07:27 AM

Topic tags/keywords: bandsaw

Long time reader, first time poster here. After years at college and graduate school I’m finally in a position to get back to woodworking. I’ve begun to piece together a shop, mostly second hand. One of the major pieces I’m missing is a bandsaw. I’ve been trolling craigslist and have found a few, the problem is that I’ve never owned a bandsaw before so I don’t really know what to look for. The most promising one I’ve stumbled across is the following:

I haven’t been able to determine the brand or if it has 2 or 3 wheels. It was the seller’s late father’s and she doesn’t know what she’s looking at. She is only asking $150.00 which seems like a reasonable price, but I certainly don’t want me (or her) to be ripped off due to ignorance. It is also an hour drive away and so it would be good to know what to look for so that I don’t need to make a second trip.

Does anyone recognize the saw? Furthermore, does anyone have any words of wisdom for bandsaw buying?

Thanks for any tips you might have.

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#1 posted 09-04-2013 01:02 PM

Yes I recognize that saw,it’s a WA-14M ,there are thousands of them ,I got the same saw but in blue!paid $120 for it used. not a bad 14” bandsaw .

-- Ken from Ontario, Canada

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#2 posted 09-04-2013 02:28 PM

It is a 2 wheel saw. Clean up, maybe new bearings, guides, and good blades.
Make sure the saw runs. Check blade tension before ya turn it on. Don’t wanna throw a blade. Oh, don’t ask me how I know the tension check reference. :((


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#3 posted 09-04-2013 04:14 PM

Anyone else notice the motor is missing?

And it looks like my Delta.

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#4 posted 09-04-2013 04:24 PM

I think I see a motor.

It has square wheel guards, which tends to indicate
Asian origin. The USA ones with the same casting
pattern tend to have rounded wheel guards.

Those saws can take some work to get them cutting
well, especially if you want to do demanding work
like resawing boards over 5” wide.

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#5 posted 09-04-2013 04:29 PM

Looks exactly like my 14” four speed Reliant….

Inside the case on back you can move the belt to change the speed.

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#6 posted 09-06-2013 03:57 PM

Thanks for all the great replies. I’ll keep them in mind when I check out the saw.

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