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Forum topic by Ckesey posted 01-24-2015 01:47 PM 733 views 0 times favorited 4 replies Add to Favorites Watch
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01-24-2015 01:47 PM

I just picked up a 1986 model powermatic 141 bandsaw. It needs a little TLC but runs and cuts.

Does anyone have any suggestions on inserts for this bandsaw table? It currently doesn’t have any.

Also does anyone know of any specific instructions on tuning this saw? I’ve found several videos but nothing specific for the PM141. This is my first bandsaw and a little unsure how to adjust it to make it run as it should.

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#1 posted 01-25-2015 01:51 AM

I make the table inserts for my bandsaws from 1/4” plexiglas.

The Alex Snodgrass bandsaw tuning vid is the “Gold Standard” and is applicable to most all brands of saw.

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#2 posted 01-25-2015 01:55 AM

I make my own inserts as well.. and the Snodgrass video is, as stated, the ‘gold standard’ :)


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#3 posted 01-25-2015 02:40 AM

I made some out of aluminum plate using a hole saw. Then I cut the slot with the a hacksaw.

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#4 posted 01-25-2015 04:03 AM

I’ve seen them available online maybe woodline for PM 14” bandsaws. I like plastic ones. The metal ones can ruin a blade. I suppose aluminum might be an option. With the plastic ones you can make a zero clearance insert so little pieces don’t get stuck in the kerf.

-- Tom - Measure twice cut once. Then measure again. Curse. Fudge.

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