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04-19-2014 08:53 PM

Hi all, I’m a novice at posting on here so
if I’m in the wrong place I’m sorry. I found
a craftsman 10” variable speed bandsaw
on Craigslist for $50 ( brand new in box.
plastic bags aren’t opened yet ) I’ve been looking for a deal on a real
bandsaw for awhile and I’ll keep looking
but couldn’t pass it up. My question is
why is there no information on this
saw on the web. Did they just not sell
well or what. It’s my first bandsaw
(Bandsaw Jr. ) so any setup or other
tips would be appreciated. I have no
specific use intended but now I have
a bandsaw. Thanks, Andy

-- Andy, NE Ohio

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#1 posted 04-19-2014 09:07 PM

This saw has small diameter wheels. The blade has to flex more to go around the small radius. This causes early blade failure. If the blade flexes enough to go around 1/4 of the wheel then it has flexed the same as going around the entire wheel. IF it goes only 1 inch of that radius it is the same as all the way around. That just shortens the life of the blade. Do the wheels have bearings or are they little plastic wheels. This could be found in some of the earlier saws of this style. That and the low power rating. Those are the negatives.

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#2 posted 04-19-2014 09:07 PM

Hi Andy welcome to Ljs
Some folks hate this saw but I bought one at a garage sale a few years ago and it’s been great for small Items and quick cuts. If you want to use this band saw as a ”real band saw”you may be very disappointed but for small items it’s fine .The ideal start in band saws is at least a 14” floor model. I’ve seen 14” band saws in my area on Craigslist in the $100-$250 range. The price on this saw is about right IMOP.

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#3 posted 04-19-2014 09:13 PM


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#4 posted 04-19-2014 09:16 PM

I would have bought it at that price. You got a decent deal on a good hobby saw. Welcome to Lumber Jocks! :)

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#5 posted 04-19-2014 09:22 PM

I can’t tell if there’s bearings, c clip is all I see.
I’ll find a bigger one but this will come in handy
for cutting dowel, shims, etc. money’s always
tight. She said her Dad moved to Alaska and gave her
His storage shed. I’m meeting her tomorrow to
buy a craftsman 4 1/8 joiner / planer brand new
$40. Never had one of those either but for
$40 what the heck.

-- Andy, NE Ohio

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#6 posted 04-20-2014 01:54 AM

both of those tools should be easy to unload down the road for more than you paid for them. Nicely done!

-- Steve

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#7 posted 04-20-2014 01:58 AM

I would certainly buy it, put a narrow blade on it and use it for quick cuts and small stuff with curves. Good deal!

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#8 posted 04-20-2014 05:34 AM

What you will find when you ‘upgrade’ to a 14” saw is that having a little saw around with a real narrow blade that stays set up is great for the little jobs and saves set up time until you have enough of a job you need the large saw for (the priority jobs go to the bigger saw).

FWIW, as you go forward, watch for the common sizes of the expendables—I had a no-name 14” saw that had an oddball blade length. It cost a lot more to need special made blades. Eventually I tore it apart and put a 1” spacer block that made it the same as most other standard 14” saws.

Nice find by the way!

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#9 posted 04-20-2014 05:40 AM

A descendent of the McGraw-Edison benchtop band saw
I think.

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#10 posted 04-20-2014 09:10 AM

Thanks for all the replies. I’ll find a
deal on CL for a bigger bandsaw
eventually. Planer / joiner has a broken granite
Table piece, called sears and told therm
It was broke right out of the box. They
have a new one on the way and I don’t
even have the tool yet

-- Andy, NE Ohio

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#11 posted 04-20-2014 01:36 PM

I’ve used a similar saw before. As long as you don’t mind the three wheel design being a little fiddly to keep it tracking, it’s ok. Don’t think you want to cut large stuff on it though. Just keep a sharp blade on it and it’ll do fine til you find a bigger one.

I also have an off brand 14” band saw that I put a riser in due to the odd size blade. I have made several other modifications to this saw, because saw manufacturers just don’t think about dust collection, or blade tensioning, or guide blocks…
...but since it was given to me, I’m not complaining…

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#12 posted 04-20-2014 08:32 PM

I got one like that I hope you like buying blades. But for 5o bucks what the hell ,I just use mine for cutting dowels to lenight

-- Chuck, wiswood2

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#13 posted 04-20-2014 09:00 PM

MY dear and wonderful uncle Tommy an ex marine and Police officer had one of these and built many wooden boats all different types and he used this very type of bandsaw for all the woodcutting.It was before I had a shop.He died quite young aged 61 and left it to me I eventually gave it to my very kind meighbour who has helped me many times God bless him, and I can honestly say they work very well .The blades will go on quite well but as said because of the small wheels it is a strain on the blades when cutting tight radius curves so I say buy it and have fun. It is for small work only you do realise that don’t you so don’t get too ambitious with it. Alistair

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#14 posted 04-20-2014 09:12 PM

Thanks for the tips. Can I ask what type, size saw
should I be looking for as a permanent fixture in a small
basement shop to do all the basic bandsaw work
( 2 wheel sounds like the saw to have,) Thanks for everyone’s help


-- Andy, NE Ohio

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#15 posted 04-20-2014 09:30 PM

Also still wondering why there is so little info.
on this saw. Also seems weird that you have
to put a padlock on it to lock it out. Even my
old Craftsman Radial Saw has a plastic safety
button you can pull out.

-- Andy, NE Ohio

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