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b2rtch

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270 days ago

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This band saw is for sale on my local classified for $400.00.
I am tempted but it is huge.(where would I put it?)
Which brand is it?
Would you buy it?

-- Bert


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Tedstor

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#1 posted 270 days ago

That monstrocity would be an obstacle in my shop. I’d pass.
Cool, beastly machine though.

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b2rtch

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#2 posted 270 days ago

I love it but I have the same problem you have= no room.
I would love to restore it, my very favorite past time

-- Bert

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WayneC

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#3 posted 270 days ago

Yes even though I have no room…

-- We must guard our enthusiasm as we would our life - James Krenov

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b2rtch

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#4 posted 270 days ago

Another issue is = moving it.

-- Bert

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Loren

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#5 posted 270 days ago

Looks like an American Wood Working Machinery Co. band saw
made before American was acquired by Yates.

-- http://lawoodworking.com

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b2rtch

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#6 posted 270 days ago

Loren, how old?
Maximum capacity?

-- Bert

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Loren

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#7 posted 270 days ago

Like 80-100 years maybe. Probably 36”.

-- http://lawoodworking.com

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b2rtch

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#8 posted 270 days ago

Thank you Loren

Now I try to buy this one for $300.00.( 14”, I would prefer 17”)
According the seller it is like new hardly ever used.
I called , it is supposed to be sold but the buyer did not show up yet.
The seller is supposed to call me back.

-- Bert

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Dwain

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#9 posted 270 days ago

Ask yourself these questions (and I don’t mean to harsh your mellow here)

Does it run?
Can you refurbish it?
Is it three phase? And if so, what is your plan to run it in you garage?
Do you know where to get parts?
Do you have room in your garage?

If you can answer these questions, I would seriously consider it. $400 is a good price for a bandsaw. I would give myself another $400. to refurb it, if it costs more than that (for example, if you have to buy a new motor) then I would pass. Otherwise, go for it, but you HAVE TO TELL US ABOUT IT!

b2rtch, Good luck with that Powermatic, it looks like a great machine!

-- 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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Tedstor

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#10 posted 270 days ago

Is that 18”? VERY nice. And $300 would be a theft-like price.

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b2rtch

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#11 posted 270 days ago

I know that I will not buy the big old monster I just have no room for it but I would love to restore it just for the fun.
I already have bad saw, an 14”HF, I pay $100.00 for it and it has been working great for me.
It has a 6” riser, I can probably get $200.00 for it,the powermatic would only be $100.00 extra ( I already have them in my pocket)

-- Bert

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bigblockyeti

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#12 posted 270 days ago

As mentioned a few times, this would be heavy, like 1000-1200lb heavy. Blades would be expensive and wouldn’t make much sense to use it as anything other than a resaw given it’s size. It’s almost certainly 3 phase, great if you have 3 phase power, expensive to rectify if you don’t.

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rustfever

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#13 posted 270 days ago

I recently did purchase a 36” monster. A Yates-American, circa 1945. My unit is 3 phases, No Problem.
It had a spare set of new guides which I installed. If I had purchased, then it would have cost over $500 for just the guides.
I came with a brand new set of Carter tires. New those would have cost over $800. I also install those new tires.
I have an 8k sq ft shop with a big dust collection system.

So what I am saying, the initial cost is low, but to bring it up to good operating standard, my cost as much as another $1500.

My vote is for the newer Powermatic, or even a late model Delta 14’. Good and serviceable equipment.

Oh, by the way, to move my Yates BS, I used my lowboy equipment trailer and hauled my forklift to the sellers just to lift it on the trailer. My BS weighs over 2500#. I am sue the one you are considering is not any lighter.

-- Rustfever, Central California

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b2rtch

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#14 posted 270 days ago

What I really would like to by is the Grizzly 17” for $795.00

-- Bert

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robert triplett

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#15 posted 270 days ago

There is also the issue of using one of those beasts. Ira let me use his to slice a big Walnut burl. Once was enough!! The Powermatic or Grizzly is big enough for me.

-- Robert, so much inspiration here, and so little time!

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