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firefighterontheside

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161 days ago

http://stlouis.craigslist.org/tls/4370733077.html

It’s only $75, but is it even worth that. What is the box hanging off the back, just the switch? Does anyone know anything about it? Thanks.

-- Bill M. I love my job as a firefighter, but nothing gives me the satisfaction of running my hand over a project that I have built and just finished sanding.


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mrjinx007

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#1 posted 161 days ago

For $75 it looks like a good deal to me. That is like 1 or 1-1/2 of grocery bag.

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firefighterontheside

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#2 posted 161 days ago

Ok, sent a message to inquire about it. Thanks.

-- Bill M. I love my job as a firefighter, but nothing gives me the satisfaction of running my hand over a project that I have built and just finished sanding.

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Rick M.

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#3 posted 161 days ago

Just a guess, but maybe the box is a speed control for cutting metal.

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freddy1962

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#4 posted 161 days ago

Might be a phase converter. Like Rick said it can control…make it variable speed. It’s worth 75 if it runs for sure.

-- JEFF Illinois (Banks of the Mississippi)

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firefighterontheside

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#5 posted 161 days ago

Well, I got the saw. Paid 75. You guys were right it is a speed control. Do you see any reason that I need that?
I don’t have much experience with band saws. I will not be cutting metal with it. Guy said it hadnt been used in a few years. Plugged it in and ran. Belt seemed to have a little memory from sitting without moving for years. So what’s the best blade for me to use. I may do some resawing. It takes a 92” blade.

-- Bill M. I love my job as a firefighter, but nothing gives me the satisfaction of running my hand over a project that I have built and just finished sanding.

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WayneC

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#6 posted 161 days ago

I recommend getting this book. It is like a manual to your band saw…. You will need a variety of blades for different types of cuts.

http://www.amazon.com/The-Bandsaw-Book-Lonnie-Bird-ebook/dp/B003TXSQZQ/ref=dp_kinw_strp_1

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Loren

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#7 posted 161 days ago

Such a speed control is an odd thing to see in a single phase
capacitor start ac induction motor.

It could be a controller for a DC motor, which is an odd
upgrade to a band saw. If you put such a control on
an ac motor I think it might damage the motor sooner
or later, if it even worked.

So, better determine what sort of motor you have.

-- http://lawoodworking.com

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BinghamtonEd

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#8 posted 161 days ago

Here’s a fun fact : the saw model number is a DP-VDS-14.

Fun fact number 2 : Don’t google “DP-VDS-14” from work. Unless you work at the type of place where it’s cool to look at porn.

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firefighterontheside

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#9 posted 161 days ago

Well thats good info Loren. Will check that out. I guess I may be looking for an AC motor. It definitely ran and would speed up and slow down with the controller.

-- Bill M. I love my job as a firefighter, but nothing gives me the satisfaction of running my hand over a project that I have built and just finished sanding.

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Loren

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#10 posted 161 days ago

Just because they got it working on an ac motor doesn’t make it
healthy for the motor they used. If it’s a DC motor with a speed
controller it may be worth a lot more than what you paid for the saw.

Woodworkers were upgrading belt & sheave lathes to DC variable
speed motors when I started learning about machinery in the 1990s.
It wasn’t a cheap upgrade but most were very happy with them.
Then VFDs came down in price a lot in the last few years and
that presented another practical option for speed control.

-- http://lawoodworking.com

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firefighterontheside

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#11 posted 161 days ago


Loren, I think you were right. It appears to be a DC motor. Any idea if this setup will be adequate for what I want to do or should I go back to AC. The motor says 1750 rpm, not sure if that’s appropriate. I don’t know what the other controls on the box do. Everything with the saw looks to be in good shape though.

-- Bill M. I love my job as a firefighter, but nothing gives me the satisfaction of running my hand over a project that I have built and just finished sanding.

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Loren

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#12 posted 161 days ago

Well, it will probably hold up then and you’ll be able to cut
metals without wrecking your blades. Nice score actually.

-- http://lawoodworking.com

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firefighterontheside

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#13 posted 161 days ago

Duly noted Ed, thanks.

-- Bill M. I love my job as a firefighter, but nothing gives me the satisfaction of running my hand over a project that I have built and just finished sanding.

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bobasaurus

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#14 posted 161 days ago

Speed control is neat since you could use it as a metal saw. Slow the speed way down and cut some steel with it, if you have the right blade. I wish mine could do that… knife making would be much easier.

-- Allen, Colorado

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firefighterontheside

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#15 posted 161 days ago

Ok, good. Any idea what the switches do. On/off, start/stop and run/jog. One potential problem I noticed is that the motor seems to be larger than the original and therefore the two pulleys are not very well lined up. The other end of the motor is pushed all the way against the cabinet. I’ll look and see if I can adjust at all at the other pulley. Right now I can’t look, because is cannot get the thing out of my truck until a neighbor gets home to help me get it out and into the shop.

-- Bill M. I love my job as a firefighter, but nothing gives me the satisfaction of running my hand over a project that I have built and just finished sanding.

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