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Medickep

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10-14-2013 02:04 AM

Topic tags/keywords: bandsaw resource

My neighbor gave me his Grandpas’ Craftsman Bandsaw that he inherited. It doesn’t look very old or expensive by at free, the price was just right. I’ve used one before, but not for years. Any suggestions on a blade for it, it didn’t come with one! I built a quick little table to make it at a nicer height using some scrap wood!

Thanks,

-- Keith


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#1 posted 10-14-2013 02:13 AM

Wood Slicer makes some of the better blades currently available.

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#2 posted 10-14-2013 02:19 AM

Sears should have it.

They are pretty good with stocking parts.

Blade breakage is going to be a problem with a 3 wheel saw
that size. You are better off learning to solder them yourself,
in my opinion. You can buy new blades for other saws and
cut them down (ebay), buy blade coil stock (I do this),
or even pick up old blades at yard sales and resize them.

I know it seems like a pain but when you crunch the numbers
and look at the frequency of blade breakage on a saw
with small wheels like the one you have, you’ll find learning
to make and repair them yourself is pretty economical.

In a pinch a machine shop can weld up a blade for you. They
might want to do it for almost nothing or they might want
a silly amount of money to do it. Metal working with band
saws entails a lot of blade welding and many shops have
a special welder to do it.

One issue I cannot assess for you is the maximum blade
thickness (not depth) you can run on that saw due to
the small wheel diameters. I have a larger 20” 3 wheeler
and I run regular blades on it but it is possible your saw
will prefer thinner blade stock.

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Medickep

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#3 posted 10-14-2013 03:15 AM

Loren and Scrub thank you for the info!

Loren- I do have the manual and it says nothing about thickness of the blade, I assumed it was standard amongst blades. It just says 56-7/8” long.

-- Keith

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#4 posted 10-14-2013 03:46 AM

Medickep, I have this band saw. It’s not the best in the world, but if you can get it tuned, it’s not bad for what it is. The max blade it will take is 1/4” x 56-7/8”. Sears sells the blades and some HDs and Lowes. I wouldn’t spend a lot wherever you buy them, as they will break if even a little over tensioned. I only use 1/4” 6tpi and 4tpi skip tooth in mine, but I don’t use it much anymore (belonged to a good friend that passed and can’t bear to get rid of it). Also, if you need the small guides for the sides of the blade, buy some steel rod and cut your own. I think it was 1/8” rod. One rod will cost less than a bag of 4 new guides.

Here is a link to the manual if you don’t have one.

http://www.searspartsdirect.com/partsdirect/part-model/craftsman-parts/all-products-parts/user-manuals/manual-downloads/Model-113244510/0247/0744100?modelNumber=113244510&diagramPageId=&documentId=00012774

-- Tom Finnigan - Measures? We don't need no stinking measures! - Hmm, maybe thats why my project pieces don't fit.

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#5 posted 10-14-2013 04:27 AM

Thanks tefinn-

I’m getting the feeling I should buy more than one blade!, sounds like they break a lot!

-- Keith

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#6 posted 11-26-2013 03:41 AM

I’m working on a dust collection system for all of my tools, and I’m scratching my head on this bandsaw. Anyone have any good ideas on how to tackle this. I thought about having the tube on the table top, but I thought this would be in the way. Not sure if straight above the blade would be best, or into the the base of the unit somehow??

-- Keith

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tefinn

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#7 posted 11-26-2013 04:12 AM

I don’t use mine enough to worry about it, but if I did, I’d maybe place a port on the front bottom corner on the back side.

-- Tom Finnigan - Measures? We don't need no stinking measures! - Hmm, maybe thats why my project pieces don't fit.

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Medickep

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#8 posted 11-26-2013 04:28 AM

Tefinn-

Thanks for the reply. I had to laugh at your description of the. ” front, bottom corner if the backside!” :-) pretty funny!

Did you mean one if the back corners behind the blade?

-- Keith

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#9 posted 11-26-2013 04:29 AM

I have a little Rockwell/Delta that looks like the same saw and uses the same blade.
All I ever cut with mine was carving wax for my jewelry work.
Never broke a blade on that.
I had a spare set of nozzles and tubes for my old Shop Vac and I beveled the end of one of the tubes and screwed it to the bottom of the table. Worked pretty good.
I’ll see if I can get a picture of it when I get home.
Since I got a Rikon 10” I hardly ever use this saw but I keep it around for wax work and as a spare.

-- Michael: Hillary has a long list of accomplishments, though most DAs would refer to them as felonies.

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tefinn

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#10 posted 11-26-2013 04:59 AM

I was refering to the back of the frame in the lower front corner, right behind the wheel the blade rides on. If you look at the saw facing the end of the motor, it’s the corner to the lower left under the table. A 2 or 2-1/2” hole there and a hose port to attach your hose.

Crank’s idea would probably work just as well and be easier make.

-- Tom Finnigan - Measures? We don't need no stinking measures! - Hmm, maybe thats why my project pieces don't fit.

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#11 posted 11-26-2013 05:00 AM

Thanks crank-

I would love to see some pictures when you get a chance! Are you ducking from above or below the table top?

Only cause you mentioned it, does a saw like this only work well with soft material like wax? Or will it work on hardwoods too?

-- Keith

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#12 posted 11-26-2013 05:03 AM

Thanks tefin! I’ll look into this too!

-- Keith

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