Published at Monday, 24 December 2018. Industrial Machinery. By Aiglentina Fournier.
I follow the Alex Snodgrass band saw setup technique, with after doing that, my saw has no discernible drift with a sharp blade. The saw works great, plus should serve me well for a long time (unless I sell it to help fund a larger saw).
The saw came with hardwood guide blocks, I think maple. I substituted these with Olsen Cool Blocks, which are spoken of highly. I observed at the Carter manner guides, but they were way out of my price range. I also substituted the tension hand wheel with a crank I bought from Amazon ($20). I originally bought the crank for my Harbor Freight 14” band saw, but it was a poor fit, in-conjunction with wouldn't work. It was made to work in Delta saws, or it does. I can now rapidly tension or de‐tension the blade with just a few cranks.
From the time the saw rolled into my shop, to now, was about six months, as-well as the total cost was far more that the $60 I paid for the saw. All told, I have just about $300 in the saw. This makes it an OK value, but no great bargain. This also does not include all the hours I put into it. That being said, it was a great experience, also a lot of fun. Also, I now know the saw like the back of my hand, together with maintaining in-conjunction with repairing it doesn't intimidate me in the least. Although it was a great experience, I'm not sure I'll do it again – unless I run into another “great” deal.
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