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Forum topic by MikeDVB posted 03-25-2015 07:33 PM 1323 views 0 times favorited 22 replies Add to Favorites Watch
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03-25-2015 07:33 PM

Hey guys!

I’m looking for a band saw. I’d like to be able to resaw up to 12” but I can live with 6 to 10” and I have no idea if what this bandsaw is worth or what it is capable of. If there are better options for used bandsaws for resawing I am also all ears.

It appears to be quite old and in decent shape overall from the pictures. I did email them to ask if it needed anything or if it was in good working order. It’s only about 3 miles from me so if it’s a decent machine it’s not a big deal to go pick it up.

Additionally if it is worth buying – what do you figure a good price is for one in good shape? What should I look at specifically when it comes to the machine as far as being in good shape?

Any and all help is appreciated :).

-- Mike


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#1 posted 03-25-2015 07:50 PM

That’s the classic 14in cast iron frame design that has been copied by countless other manufacturers. Because of that most parts are usually readily available. You can add a riser block to get up to 12in resaw.

One in good shape is probably worth about $150 or so.

-- "Good judgement is the result of experience. A lot of experience is the result of poor judgement."

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#2 posted 03-25-2015 07:55 PM

Wood/Metal version.. in good shape it’s worth more than $150 for sure. If you get it, remove the table before transport so you don’t break the trunnions.

Cheers,
Brad

-- Brad in FL - To be old and wise, you must first be young and stupid

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#3 posted 03-25-2015 07:56 PM

So is $150 a fair price or is that a ‘good deal’? I’m OK paying a fair price as I’ve been watching and have not seen much beyond Craftsman, Craftsman, Craftsman, and Craftsman.

It is the listed as the metal cutting band-saw on the listing but I assume it’s capable of cutting wood as well being that wood is a softer and easier to work material.

Here are some images – sorry they’re small:




-- Mike

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#4 posted 03-25-2015 08:15 PM

It is the listed as the metal cutting band-saw on the listing but I assume it s capable of cutting wood as well being that wood is a softer and easier to work material.

The “Metal – Wood – Cutting – Multi-Speed” decal shown in the third picture should give you a clue :)

It’s a 1965 model. Has multiple speeds controlled by a gear box on the back in combination with stepped pulleys on an intermediate shaft.

Manual is here: http://vintagemachinery.org/pubs/detail.aspx?id=5169

Worth $150 even if it isn’t in running condition IMHO.

Cheers,
Brad

-- Brad in FL - To be old and wise, you must first be young and stupid

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#5 posted 03-25-2015 08:17 PM

They’re asking $325 and it appears to be in working order – the listing doesn’t say that it isn’t but I did ask in my email.

The main reason I’m asking what is a fair price is because I don’t want to lowball them with an unrealistic offer for it but I also don’t want to pay too much either.

Being that most of the band saws I have been looking at are in the $1200+ range even $325 looks appealing at this point.

-- Mike

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#6 posted 03-25-2015 08:28 PM

What it’s worth may be different than what they are selling for, but one like that would probably bring around $250 (+/-) in my part of the world. I don’t think $325 is hugely out of line. It will make a great saw.

-- Our village hasn't lost it's idiot, he was elected to congress.

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#7 posted 03-25-2015 08:29 PM

325 is a pretty fair price for the wood metal version of this saw. Regarding resaw, this will be 100% dependent on the horsepower of the motor. The saw naturally has about a 6” throat capacity, but it can be expanded another 6” with a riser block. That being said, these saws often came with a 1/2 hp motor. If that is what is in the base then you are not going to be resawing much even at the 6” thickness let alone at a fully riser block installed 12”. If you plan to use this for a lot of resawing then you will want a 1.5 hp motor at least and 2hp would be better. That being said, you could buy a brand new motor for this saw and still be a lot cheaper then a new saw of similar quality.

The quality of this saw tends to be about what Rikon is making these days to give you an idea of price. Laguna make nicer in my opinion based on their trunions assembly alone.

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#8 posted 03-25-2015 08:40 PM

I’m trying to go used because to get this build quality in a new unit is going to be wife-prohibitive… If you know what I mean.

It’s much easier for me to get a $325 used saw and slap a new motor on it when I put a riser on it in a few months than to go for $1200+ out of the gate.

I’m not against other brands / other used saws but this is the first non-benchtop or non-huge-industrially-sized model I’ve seen available used locally so far :).

-- Mike

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#9 posted 03-25-2015 08:43 PM

I shot them another email asking about the motor ;).

-- Mike

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#10 posted 03-25-2015 11:05 PM

He said it is in good working order – says that it could probably use a new blade and that the tires could probably be replaced. He was using it for metal cutting and doesn’t need it any longer as he got a plasma cutter.

I’m headed out to look at it here in about a half hour and if it runs and is in as good shape as it looks/sounds I’ll probably be bringing it back with me. I’ll then need to figure out what I need to get in order to resaw on it – I imagine the proper fence and the riser kit.

-- Mike

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#11 posted 03-26-2015 01:15 AM

Went and looked at it and ended up picking it up. ;-)

It does have the 1/2 HP motor but that is upgradeable if I need it. I probably won’t be doing any resawing anytime real soon but I will be figuring out what I need to do it so I can make it happen :).

-- Mike

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#12 posted 03-26-2015 03:05 AM

Congrats I have a similar saw except woodworking only model, they are great saws, I am sure you will have lots of fun with it.

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#13 posted 03-26-2015 03:08 AM

Any suggestions on accessories / upgrades? Resaw or rip fence?

-- Mike

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#14 posted 03-26-2015 03:17 AM

Replace bearings, perhaps drain and refill the gear box, inspect tires, etc…
Lots of info on that saw at OWWM… here is a thread about the same year saw: http://www.owwm.org/viewtopic.php?f=1&t=157387 with some good info about the gearbox.

Cheers,
Brad

-- Brad in FL - To be old and wise, you must first be young and stupid

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