restored craftsman 12" bandsaw

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Blog entry by yrob posted 11-17-2012 11:03 PM 4829 reads 0 times favorited 3 comments Add to Favorites Watch

Recently a friend gave me a bandsaw that was part of a barn he had emptied.
(he buys lots and auction them). its an old 12” crafstman. it had rotten tires, seized bearings and worn out blade guides.
i installed a wood slicer timber wolf blade.

i had to take off the wheels and clean the axles then balance the lower wheel and realign everything shimming the lower wheel to line it up with upper wheel.

after all that was done i adjusted the tracking and squared the table
to the blade.

almost no vibrations, most of the vibrations are probably the belt and the poor
metal stand.

i will probably make a heavy wood stand for it.

i have to install a kreg fence tomorrow to try resawing.

my first test cut showed that it cuts like butter with almost no blade wobble.

-- Yves

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#1 posted 11-18-2012 06:43 PM

I had an older C-man 12” band saw that was purchased in 1988, I used it untill 2011.
As my skills grew, so did the need for a bigger heavier BS so I graduated to a Ricon 10-325 14”.
That little C-man only served me for 20+ years, and was still running well when I sold it.
I hope that yours serves you as well.
This is a great restoration and tool save.
did you replace the guides with the rollerbearings? Mine had the guide blocks, a true PITA to set up the lower ones, got a few pet names for them.

-- Grumpy old guy, and lookin' good Doin' it. ... Surprise Az.

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#2 posted 11-18-2012 06:52 PM

I love seeing older classic tools brought back into service.

Nice job and thanks for sharing!

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#3 posted 11-19-2012 01:34 AM

Grumpy, Yes I did replace the guides with carter roller bearings . I did not like the guides. Seemed that it would just grind the blade if not set right.

-- Yves

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