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post #21 of 30 Old 06-16-2018, 08:24 PM Thread Starter
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That is one thing Iím scare of really old tools. Donít want to make it into a money pit. Lol




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My experience with really old tools is, they are built well and usually can be repaired with standard bearings, etc.
Examples of my old machines and parts needed in 5-10 years, I have had them.
1951 Delta 14" bs. 2 axel bearings, tires, and guide bearings.
1946 Unisaw none needed.
1960 CM dp. PO replaced bearings.
1954 Shipsmith 10er none needed.
1970's Rockwell 13" planer. Bed roller bearings.
Just bought a horizontal CM/Atlas metal cutting bs for $20.
It needs new tires, ($25) and will be good to go.
Love the good old stuff.
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All of my stuff is 10-15 years old.
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Old tools rarely need a lot of repair. Make sure there are no cracked castings or bent shafts. Bearings, belts, switches, even motors are readily available for most.
When I buy a used tool, I take it apart, clean, replace bearings & belts and just look it over closely for any thing that may need work. Industrial level tools are made to last. Hobby level tools are made to be cheap.
The catch really comes when you start getting things with electronics. There are people that can fix or modify something to work. That's not me.
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What other band saw are out there that have the same height adjustment as a Laguna band saw? Lagunas are too rich for me too.
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What other band saw are out there that have the same height adjustment as a Laguna band saw? Lagunas are too rich for me too.
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Dws 780 said "That is one thing I’m scare of really old tools. Don’t want to make it into a money pit. Lol"
I'm afraid of new tools becoming a worthless POS, when electronics, or some cheap parts fail.
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post #28 of 30 Old 06-18-2018, 11:11 AM
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Bandsaws have changed ...

The newer bandsaws now have welded frames. They are lighter and just as strong, if not stronger. The industry standard 14" Delta saw had the cast iron frame and was cloned by many other "manufacturers" all over the world. It had the ability to increase the cutting height by adding a riser block between the upper and lower castings. It's limitation was that it was still a 14" bandsaw, BUT for many thousands of owners that was they needed.

The welded frame saws like the Rikon, larger Grizzlys, Lagunas are very popular and work great, but you better get the biggest saw you think you will ever need since no additional capacity is possible. I own a 18" and 2- 14" saws with welded frames and they work fine. The guides have also improved in the newer saws, with disc types in hardened steel or ceramic or ball bearings. Cool blocks were a choice on the old saws, but as far as I know, don't fit on the newer saws.

Kinda like cars have gone away from having separate frames and moved to unibody for structure, because it's lighter and cheaper. I had an old Craftsman 12" bandsaw that was made from 3 separate aluminum casting that were epoxied together, not welded. I even used it to cut mild steel with a 10 to 1 speed reducer and it worked fine.

Because of the popularity of the old cast iron saws, there will always be spare parts available in places like Ebay. Bearings on the drive or upper wheels are commonly available as are guide bearings. What else can go wrong? There should be no reluctance to buy older used machines that I see.

The answer to your question will only be as detailed and specific as the question is detailed and specific. Good questions also include a sketch or a photo that illustrates your issue. (:< D)

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For now I have my eyes grizzly $600 range and possible Rikon. But I am not in a rush letís see if I can pickup good used ones from Craigslist on other brand.


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I don't think the earlier models were made in the same factory. (they may be now)


I have an '80's vintage Delta that still runs like it was new. It's a great machine and still high availability of parts. It's one of those things that if I had it to do again, I'd do the same thing.
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