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Noob needs help rehabbing used band saw

Hi all,

First post on here as I'm just starting to build my workshop at home and could use some advice.

Came upon this 12" Craftsman bandsaw at an estate sale for $35, and couldn't really pass it up.



It's not missing the table top as I was just cleaning out the insides, and while there's a lot of rust, the pulley runs pretty smooth for such an old tool.
My question is, what are the main things I should upgrade on this puppy other than the blade, urethane bands, bearings? Just not really sure.

Also, what kind of saw blade do you think would be a good all around blade for small tasks, like box-making, maybe the occasional ripsaw job etc.

Thanks ahead of time.
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The bandsaw probably has rubber tires. If there is nothing wrong with them I would leave them alone. The original tires are better.

You might get some blades for it. They sometimes brake unexpectedly so you should get more than one. Like table saw blades bandsaw blades come with different amount of teeth on them. The more teeth per inch the smoother it will cut however too many teeth will burn the wood if the wood is hard and or thick. If you intend to do resawing then fewer teeth are needed. Something like 3 teeth per inch would be good. What I use for general use is 6 teeth per inch.
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