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Forum topic by Matt posted 06-30-2009 04:28 AM 1425 views 0 times favorited 5 replies Add to Favorites Watch
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06-30-2009 04:28 AM

Well, I’ve been dying for a bandsaw and a chainsaw for a long time now. Came across this guy with a bandsaw over CraigsList. Went to check it out and he also had a Stihl chainsaw. Picked them up both for 300 bucks after talkin to him for about a hour.

Its the older Rigid bandsaw. I’ve heard it is better than the new model. It don’t seem to have much power. I ran through some 3/4 popular and it gave me a dickens of a time. The blade seems pretty sharp too. So that has me a little bit worried. The guy picked it up from an older woodworker who was gettin rid of everything and he made one cut on it.

But the chainsaw is just a beast! Starts and runs great. It bores through logs like butter. I plan on designing a milling jig for it. I use to pass so many logs and say man if I had a chainsaw. Now I got one and I never see any!

How do you guys think I made out? Any tips on the bandsaw also?


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#1 posted 06-30-2009 04:33 AM

Chain saw, yea now were talking about my kind of work. good find.

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#2 posted 06-30-2009 12:08 PM

I would buy a new quality blade for the bandsaw first and then see how well it cuts. Check the tires as well make sure their in good shape.
Not a bad deal


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#3 posted 06-30-2009 03:39 PM

Can a bandsaw be repowered with a larger motor? What parts might be put at risk if the motor has more power than the saw can handle?

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#4 posted 06-30-2009 03:53 PM

you can increase the hp. of the motor ,
just watch the rpm.s
also watch the woodwhisperer video about bandsaw tuning ,
and a good blade will help allot .

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#5 posted 06-30-2009 03:57 PM

A saw that size should cut just dandy with a good blade and tuneup.

And both for $300 was a steal!

-- Charlie M. "Woodworking - patience = firewood"

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