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  • Toolkraft / Tradesmen 14" bandsaw

    Anyone know anything about this model. Saw one at an estate sale and had to make a decision so I bought it for $100.00. Did get to check it and it does run smooth with very little vibration. It had a 1/4 inch blade and cut fine. Figured at that price couldn't go to wrong but what do I know. Don't know whether to gloat or hide my head. Any opinions?
    Steve
    It\'s the combined experience of the members on this board that make it such a great place.

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    Sounds like a deal to me! A good BS book might be in order - Dugginske's gets good reviews. It'll help you tune the thing up and assess what you've got.

    They're pretty simple tools, so if it's got a cast frame and table it'll probably do the deed. Look for signs of balancing on the wheels (weights or material removed), which is good. If the frame allows for a riser kit that's good, too. It appears many riser kits are interchangeable between manufacturers.

    Good Luck,
    JR
    JR

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    • #3
      Well, I guess a miny gloat will do. Actually I'm really pretty happy with it. Does have a cast table and frame. What I will call the throat, where the saw blade comes up to the top wheel, is bolted to the bottom part and I would guess this is where a riser would go. Will have to do some checking and will definitely get a copy of Dugginske's book.
      Thanks for the info.
      Steve
      It\'s the combined experience of the members on this board that make it such a great place.

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      • #4
        Scoly,

        Duginske's book is $10.49 @ overstock.com, but it looks a little dated to me and is kind of a tough read, he takes a full chapter on tracking and making the wheels coplaner, which I think could have been done in about two pages. Still some good info, especially how to make your own micropositioner.

        You might want to check the Lonnie Bird book. Definitely get the Iturra designs catalog, lotsa good info in there about older bandsaws. Search the BA forum for my post to get the phone#.

        Congrats on your find!

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        • #5
          Thanks! Will order the catalogue ASAP and check the library for Bird's book. Will be playing this weekend and would love suggestions on what I need to be watching for on the BS. Never been around one so I am just winging it while I do some research.
          Thanks Again
          Steve
          It\'s the combined experience of the members on this board that make it such a great place.

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          • #6
            I have a Tradesmen 14" bandsaw that i got while in Maryland a while ago. It needs a new belt drive belt. Does anyone know where I might be able to get one? Thanks.

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            • #7
              Internet seems to say that Tradesmen band saws are also known under name Wilton. For instance - here is a link to Wilton Tradesmen 14" band saw:
              http://www.eng.yale.edu/metl/Wilton%...20m_8201VS.pdf
              If this is what you got - Wilton is part or WMH group, same as Jet and Powermatic. Jet 14" band saw is well known and pretty standard, risers and blades are interchangeable with many bandsaws. Finding parts should be easy.
              Alex V

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              • #8
                Pics anyone?
                Happiness is sort of like wetting your pants....everyone can see it, but only you can feel the warmth.

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                • #9
                  FWIW I remember Lowes was selling some stationary power tools under the Tradesman name a few years back. I wasn't in the market for anything at the time so I just noted it and passed on.

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                  • #10
                    Originally posted by Knottscott View Post
                    Pics anyone?
                    I ran across this one:
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                    • #11
                      Originally posted by eclark View Post
                      I have a Tradesmen 14" bandsaw that i got while in Maryland a while ago. It needs a new belt drive belt. Does anyone know where I might be able to get one? Thanks.
                      You might get an adjustable link belt for it.
                      Erik

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                      • #12
                        +1 on pics from the OP. no pics, didn't happen.
                        there's a solution to every problem.......you just have to be willing to find it.

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                        • #13
                          Doubt that will happen anytime soon, the OP hasn't logged in since 06-11-2008.
                          Erik

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                          • #14
                            Thanks Alex, I'll check with them.

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                            • #15
                              Originally posted by eclark View Post
                              I have a Tradesmen 14" bandsaw that i got while in Maryland a while ago. It needs a new belt drive belt. Does anyone know where I might be able to get one? Thanks.
                              pretty much they'll use a standard 1/2" drive belt you can get at almost any auto parts store. you can figure the length in inches as
                              L = (2 x D) + (Pi x D1) + (pi x D2)
                              where pi is 3.14
                              D is the distance between pulley centers
                              D1 is the diameter of one pulley and D2 is the diameter of the other.

                              But an adjustable link belt might be a better upgrade. RUns smoother and won't take a set.
                              Last edited by LCHIEN; 04-17-2012, 11:15 PM.
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