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03-01-2014 08:48 PM

I’ve been searching on Craigslist for awhile looking for a 14 inch bandsaw but haven’t had any luck. Was talking to my boss and he told me he had a ridgid bs14002, I believe it was the last one they made and don’t make them anymore. I’ve seen some reviews that were bad and some say a couple little fixes and it’s a pretty good saw. Anyone have any experience with them? It needs a new tire for the top wheel and would want to find a fence that would work with it, he wants $135 for it.

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#1 posted 03-01-2014 08:53 PM

I have one. I would not pay retail for it, but I am happy with it and paid $200. By the time I got it running the way I wanted it too, I had spent a bit more but understood bandsaws far better. The basics of the saw are really good, they just executed poorly on many of the little things.

The Kreg fence fits just fine. An enormous number of the problems with it come from the ironically not-rigid-at-all stand. Replacing the tires with Carter tires is sort of a no-brainer anyway.

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#2 posted 03-01-2014 09:04 PM

Yea I don’t know much about them or bandsaws in general, was just looking around online for just stock tires. Any other replacements or adjustments to make it better? Figured $135 wasn’t too bad for it.

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#3 posted 03-01-2014 09:17 PM

1. Add MDF or plywood reinforcement to the stand (top and shelves)
2. Replace tires with Carter urethane tires
3. Replace the belt with link belt
4. Replace the metal guides with Cool Blocks
5. Replace the stock blade if it still is the stock
6. On two of the machines I have seen, including mine, the lower wheel needs to be shimmed (with a washer) out to line up properly with the top wheel.
7. Spend some time balancing the wheels.

Items 2-5 you need to do with almost any saw in that price range when new, and 7 with practically all of them.

I would also recommend upgrading the tension handle, I got mine from Highland. The stock one is a pain to use, and that is such a key part of using a bandsaw properly. I did not bother with a quick release, and while I bought an upgraded spring, I have yet to install it as once I worked through the other changes there did not appear to be a need.

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#4 posted 03-01-2014 09:52 PM

Thanks for the info

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#5 posted 03-01-2014 10:08 PM

I have the Rigid 14 inch saw, not sure which model but bought it 6 years ago new from HD. I put urthane tires on it. spent time getting to learn the saw. Biggest problem I had was the stand, flimsy as heck. used some plywood to stiffen it up and I’m pretty happy with it. it’s worth buying in my opinion.

-- atta boy Clarence!

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#6 posted 03-02-2014 01:12 AM

I have a grey ridged band saw with riser block I installed cool blocks and new blades works fine.

-- Jim in Cushing Oklahoma

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#7 posted 03-02-2014 01:41 AM

I’ll probably get it from him this week, pretty sure it was hardly ever used and is just collecting dust, shouldn’t be hard putting the improvement parts on just gotta figure out how to balance the wheels I guess, I’m sure I can find a YouTube video on it

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#8 posted 03-02-2014 01:46 AM

Here’s my blog on refurbing an old Ridgid BS. Hope it helps you. I didn’t balance the wheels as I got it to acceptable function without balancing them.

-- " I'll try to be nicer, if you'll try to be smarter" gfadvm

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#9 posted 03-03-2014 07:49 AM

I have one. The only issue I have is that the motor is mounted so close to the saw base that when I want to open up the bottom hinged cover to change a blade, it only opens to about 45 degrees before hitting the motor.
Also, it’s single speed.
My goal is to use a Nautilus Treadmill motor I got for $20 and hook it up with a bit longer belt. Hopefully a ribbed belt like the one the treadmill used but longer.
I’ve been stumped for several months trying to figure out how to accomplish this though.
The treadmill application used a Pulced DC power source that varied the treadmill speed but sending full voltage in variably timed pulces rather than sending lower DC voltages for lower RPM. I have all the electronics, but I’m trying to figure out how to run the thing without it lighting up and telling me how many calories I’m burning, how many laps I’ve run, what the incline is and other information that would make me think sawing would be too much work.

By the way, if any of the parts for the top wheel break or wear out, all those 14” bandsaws use the same parts from the far east. The brand doesn’t matter. The country the bandsaw was assembled in doesn’t matter.
Grizzly has good prices on replacements. Just look at their exploded parts diagrams to make sure they’re the same.

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