What to look for in a bandsaw

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Forum topic by CanadaJeff posted 08-18-2009 04:02 AM 1045 views 0 times favorited 1 reply Add to Favorites Watch
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08-18-2009 04:02 AM

Hi LJ’s, I have an opportunity to purchase a used bandsaw from a family friend. I’m going to be heading over on the weekend to check it out and was wondering if anyone could give me some advice into what I should be looking for when considering if the used bandsaw is a good deal.

Any help is appreciated

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#1 posted 08-18-2009 04:18 AM

a bandsaw is one of those machines that just has too many things that needs to be checked. BUT. if you can start up the machine, and make a test cut- that would reduce the number of things you have to manually check quite a bit.

make sure it doesn’t vibrate too much (it shouldnt vibrate at all, but older machines might have some minor vibrations that would be ok – as long as it’s not affecting the stability of the cuts).

make sure it doesn’t bog down on the cut – althought this could also mean a dull blade… which is an easy fix.

make sure it has wheel guides on both over, and under the table in decent shape.

the rest are the usual – rust, wobbling, broken parts, missing parts. etc.

if you can – check the wheel alignment for coplaner (use a long straight edge, and make sure upper wheel and lower wheel are on the same line)

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