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Forum topic by jeffswildwood posted 03-15-2015 01:13 PM 1055 views 0 times favorited 18 replies Add to Favorites Watch
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jeffswildwood

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03-15-2015 01:13 PM

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Several month ago my nephew mailed me a Ryobi ZRBS903 band saw. As he said it was new, used only once or twice. I was excited to get it until I opened the box. Broken during mailing. The base was still attached and had broken loose from the aluminum casing so the saw will not stand up now. My question is, can it be fixed? welded back together or is it a parts department now with a motor to make something else out of. I checked with the local metal shops and all I got was it won’t hold. Cheap Japanese metal they say. I have been told JB weld will work. Any thoughts on this? Maybe someone has a dead one that the frame is ok that I could put my parts on. Maybe I just need to break down and buy a band saw.

-- We all make mistakes, the trick is to fix it in a way thats says "I meant to do that".


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jkinoh

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#1 posted 03-15-2015 01:17 PM

Send some pictures! I think it’s safe to say that you are wasting your time with anything like JB Weld. I’m assuming the base is the same material as the casing, which you said is aluminum. I can’t see why you couldn’t have someone (good) weld it. A decent TIG welder should be able to repair it. Sounds to me like the weld shop didn’t want to mess with it. My theory is that anything broke can be fixed.

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WoodNSawdust

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#2 posted 03-15-2015 01:22 PM

If you had noticed the broken parts imminently after receiving the saw, I would have said to contact the shipper and file a “damaged in transient” report. You might have been able to get the shipper to pay for replacement parts. After several months I doubt they would honor any kind of report. On future reflection I believe you should have had your nephew file the report since he has a contractual basis with the shipper.

Now, maybe Ryobi would sell you replacement parts.

-- "I love it when a plan comes together" John "Hannibal" Smith

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dhazelton

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#3 posted 03-15-2015 01:25 PM

Depends on where and how it’s broken. Is the base hollow and can you put some wood or steel supports underneath? The base is an obsolete part so getting a new replacement isn’t happening. It looks like the saw assembly itself is flat so maybe you can bolt another base to it or bolt it directly to a table. Maybe two short lengths of 2X4 as feet is all you would need. At least it would get you up and running

http://www.ereplacementparts.com/ryobi-bs903-band-saw-parts-c-7931_7949_7953.html

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jkinoh

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#4 posted 03-15-2015 01:31 PM

WoodNSawdust is correct on the claim thing, but as mentioned it’s no doubt too late for that. I was looking around to get a picture of this saw. Found one on Craigslist. Is the base plastic or aluminum? POST A PICTURE OF THE BROKEN PART!

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jeffswildwood

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#5 posted 03-15-2015 04:51 PM

He did file a claim but he only had the 50.00 dollars on it. paid back for shipping only. The picture jkinoh provided is very close. half plastic half aluminum. The base is steel and bolts to the aluminum. If you look inside and bottom of this saw you see four holes for bolts, that is what is broke off. The entire bottom. Chunk of aluminum bolted to a steel base. Thats my dilemma. It now sits on the curved blade guard!

-- We all make mistakes, the trick is to fix it in a way thats says "I meant to do that".

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David_H

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#6 posted 03-15-2015 05:37 PM

Without pictures it’s hard to know what the damage is exactly, but would it be possible to get some big fender washers and bolts. Maybe get a piece of mild steel and cut and drill some holes and probably some longer bolts. As long as the area isn’t too damages it would hold everything together I would think.

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ohtimberwolf

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#7 posted 03-15-2015 05:58 PM

Based on my little understanding of what the damage is this might be worth a last ditch try.
If you take some heavy steel (or maybe a good hard wood would work) and wrapped the bottom and up both sides with it and fastened it to the existing body it would sort of replace the whole bottom. You could even wrap up the back also and fasten it there as well. I’m not good at drawing but the picture below will sort of show what I mean (see the black line) except it is one dimensional. larry

-- Just a barn cat, now gone to cat heaven.

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dhazelton

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#8 posted 03-15-2015 09:33 PM

According to the parts diagram those screws are M6 X 16 mm. So just get four longer M6 Screws and four washers and make your own feet for it. Like I said, a couple of short lengths of 2X4 that run front to back under those threaded inserts should be plenty. If you want it to look nicer then get some steel square stock and paint it. But you wont be able to countersink the screwheads so you’d have to put four pads of some kind on to hold the square stock up a bit from the table surface. This is not the end of the world – get creative.

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AlaskaGuy

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#9 posted 03-15-2015 10:05 PM

According to this review it sounds like plastic.

“This review is from: Factory-Reconditioned Ryobi ZRBS903 2.5 Amp 9 in. Band Saw with 1/4 in. x 6 TPI Blade (Misc.)

I have had the Ryobi for about a year and now it sits idle in my shop. The frame/body is basically plastic and is so flexible it allows vibration causing very ragged cuts. It shakes when you turn it on or off. I bought a metal stand to mount it on and tried 2 new blades, all to no avail. I also tried several blade tension settings and adjusted the roller guides many times, no help. I had a friend that uses his band saw all the time and he tried everything he could and finally diagnosed it as a piece of junk. I am saving up to purchase another saw but you can bet I won’t fall for anything Ryobi again and will likely spend around $400 on something like a Jet, Grizzly, or Delta. I will probably donate the BS903 to a local thrift shop. As somebody said, “You get what you pay for”. Pass this Turkey by”!

-- Alaskan's for Global warming!

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jkinoh

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#10 posted 03-15-2015 10:54 PM

I still say anything broke can be fixed, but that doesn’t necessarily mean it’s worth fixing! Sounds like this is pretty well hosed. How much of the bottom plate is left? Do you not own a digital camera? You’re killing us here!! :)

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jeffswildwood

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#11 posted 03-16-2015 12:14 AM


I hope this image comes out, after several trys. I agree it may be toast. The way it is broken welding is the only answer. Lots of good ideas though and I appreciate it. Hope this helps. One side is aluminum and the other is plastic. With no band saw I hoped it could be salvaged until I can afford a nice one. Last thing I need though is to “fix” it and in the middle of a cut have it come apart and decide to attack me!

-- We all make mistakes, the trick is to fix it in a way thats says "I meant to do that".

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jkinoh

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#12 posted 03-16-2015 01:11 AM

This could be fixed. As said before, a decent TIG welder could stitch that back together, but welding cast aluminum takes some pre-heating and experience. Castings can have a lot of impurities in them, which can be a pain to try to weld. Just depends on what they would charge, and what you feel it’s worth.

AlaskaGuy’s advice is probably the best!!

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David_H

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#13 posted 03-16-2015 03:25 AM

If you got a $100 sitting around I would say scrap the ryobi and go to Harbour Freight and pick up the 9 inch band saw there. I had one before I upgraded to a 14 BS and it was pretty nice. It’s actually the same band saw that Ryobi is selling now at Home Depot.

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dhazelton

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#14 posted 03-16-2015 01:08 PM

I thought the base was the broken part this entire time. NOT the housing. Yeah, a picture from the get go could have been nice…

Open the front cover. Get two big corner irons or shelf brackets and bolt them to the back of the housing. Screw it to a bench. Use your tool. Done.

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jeffswildwood

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#15 posted 03-16-2015 10:34 PM

Thanks for all the advice guys, I really appreciate it. I have one last place to try to get it welded before I go to plan “B”. Don’t know what that is yet but I will try something. I have a few orders coming up and grass season is coming so I may have to save my pennies for a new one.

-- We all make mistakes, the trick is to fix it in a way thats says "I meant to do that".

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