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post #1 of 11 Old 12-27-2014, 04:20 AM Thread Starter
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Improve a cheap bandsaw, or dump it?

I've recently acquired a cheap 9" bandsaw (Tool Shop JDD240) from a relative. He had originally purchased it to do minor work here and there, but only ended up using it once or twice and offered to give it to me no problem.

I had very low expectations for it, and for good reason too apparently. I used it once to cut a notch in a piece I was making, only to have the top tire snap. Upon further inspection, they were very dry and brittle so they more than likely needed replacing anyway. In addition to this, the saw needed a tune up desperately. The table itself would not sit straight, no matter how hard I tried adjusting it.

The question is, should I try to get the tool back into top (I use this term very loosely) shape, or just dump the thing? It would've been nice for cutting some small parts, curves, etc. as I'm not a big fan of jigsaws.
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post #2 of 11 Old 12-27-2014, 06:00 AM
where's my table saw?
 
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what snapped?

The tire came off the wheel? The wheel snapped and cracked? You can make a new tire from a small inner tube. You can make another wheel from wood, like Mathias Wandel does on his all wood bandsaw. A photo of the damage will help.

Whether is worth fixing is up to you. Do you enjoy a challenge?

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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If a table is bent, I don't think it's possible to fix them, although maybe you could put a secondary one on top & permanently shim it. I made a secondary table for the top of the metal one for my cheap little Delta bandsaw because I hate the grooves in the metal table. Mine is 1/4" so I don't loose much & comes off quickly & easily to change the blades. If you made a thicker one, could you hold it in place & shim it right? If you have a fence, that won't work any more, though. Mine didn't come with one, but I rarely need one so it wasn't any loss.

I recently replaced the tires on my Delta for $10 or so. It is handy, but if the table won't sit right, you might be better dumping it. If you wind up trying to fudge to get things square & likely hurt yourself. I would, anyway. Is it worth the hassle & investment for a $150 tool or would it be better just to get a new, better one? that's a personal call.
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From your description I would dump it. There is only so much you can do with a bandsaw and the most you can hope for is putting it back to like new condition which doesn't sound like much to hope for.
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Sometimes relatives and friends do dump their problems in our lap, hoping to rid themselves of another issue. That being said, only you can decide how much use/value the bandsaw will be for you! IMO, if the table cannot be leveled, it is not worth the $ or space to keep. Be safe.
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table not level?

By straight, can we assume that it won't align 90 degrees to the blade? That's all that matters for most cuts. There are 2 things you can do:

If the slots in the trunnions don't allow for enough travel, file them a bit longer.

If the table won't sit level, whether front to back or right to left, use washers between the trunnions and the table bottom, an easy fix. This may also work if the table is slightly twisted.

A small bandsaw can be really handy for making projects that require a narrow blade and tight radius turns. I have a 10 Craftsman I use for those occasions with a 1/4" wide blade. A 1/2 " wide blade won't make "wide turns" as they say in truckin' lingo.

How's the motor on this unit? Is it belt drive or direct drive?

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I'd dump it. It's worth what, about a hundred bucks new? Used is probably half that. I couldn't see spending much time or money at all on a piece that's worth so little.

Ernest Hemingway once wrote, "The world is a fine place and worth fighting for." I agree with the second part.
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As with any tool if you can fix it yourself with minimal expense it is worth keeping, if you have to go to the manufacturer for parts or hire the work done then it is probably best to let it go, only you can answer that.

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The top tire not only fell off of the wheel, it broke like a rubber band. I think I'm just going to sit on it for a while, I've got other things to spend money on, though I appreciate all the possible solutions, I'll be keeping those in mind if I do keep the unit.
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Save up and get a new 14" band saw.
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Check your CL postings from time to time. I'm sure a decent band saw will show up.
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