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    I have had the Craftsman horizontal band saw in the pic shown for over 40 years and it worked well until the bronze bearing on the blade wheel wore out and the blade tended to slide out. I intended to remachine the wheel and replace the bronze bearing with a roller bearing. At about that time a 12" Covel hacksaw came up for $25 and after buying it found an easy to fix a broken gear. Its slow but can use bimetal blades at less than one buck a piece. I still intended to rebuild the sears saw which incidently calls for .020" thick blades that are hard to find, but recently a 4 X6 HF bandsaw I bought at a yard sale for $50 works great except lacks the hydraulic downfeed cylinder the Sears had that worked great. I have just finished building a similar downfeed cylinder to fit the 4 X6.
    I recently saw the Sears saw on ebay that sold for over $ 150. Tempting since I don't need 3 horizontal saws plus my 14" vertical band saw.
    Walt
    toolman

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    Old metal bandsaw opinion needed

    Are these old, small Craftsman metal bandsaws (30 years old or more, US made???) any good or would I be better off with a Grizzly.
    Thanks. Den

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    • #3
      They are US made, and Sears may have some parts available, as they were sold as Craftsman Industrial.

      I have one, and am quite satisfied with it. It will not readily convert to vertical mode, and the hydraulic cylinder on most I have seen needs attention. They are simple to fix.

      They are heavy cast iron construction, and hold their accuracy well. I recently got a box of replacement parts at auction, so mine will last me. If it were to wear out, I would look for another one rather than buy an Asian import.
      Jim H.

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      • #4
        JC, Sounds pretty good. Do you know the blade length offhand? I did notice that the cylinder, once the saw was lifted, was pretty slow to drop. Is there a release valve of some sort on it? I think I will have a manual once I pick the machine up but wanted to get a few blades on hand.

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        • #5
          Blades are 60" X 1/2". I usually use 10 or 12 TPI.

          There is an adjusting needle valve on top of the cylinder to control speed of blade drop or hold the saw in the up position. It is the knob visible in the photo.
          Jim H.

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          • #6
            "It is the knob visible in the photo"

            As you say, they need attention It has sat unused for 5 or 6 years and this has probably not helped.

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            • #7
              Is the picture something you are looking to purchase or by some ther means, obtain? What size is it? Gravity or hydraulicly regulated down feed? I would compare the features and price between the two and then decide. The picture shows saw to be in good repair. If looking to purchase, I would suppose the biggest question may be are repair parts that cannot be easily reproduced availiable for it. I have a 4x6 Grizzly H/V. It is o.k., but I am really not fond of it. I also have a Rockwell 7V Horizontal about the same vintage, that was "priceless" to me. Gearbox is tricky (slips) at times. Maybe that is why. Winter fix? In short, personally, I would start with the Craftsman, if it will fit your needs, provided there is not a sizeable investment.
              Paying Attention Is Not That Expensive.

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              • #8
                It's part of my father-in-law's shop which we need to empty over the next 6 months as he's now a nursing home resident. We'll either be using or finding good homes for the stuff so that he can take comfort in knowing that they are being cared for.

                The feed is hydraulically regulated and it feels like it needs a little loosening.

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                • #9
                  I'd keep it.. it looks to be in great shape. And being that it's 30+ years old it's most like a better built machine then anything offered today. And more then like designed to be repaired rather then replaced as is the current trend in here and how.

                  Tim
                  Wow... where did the time go. I could of swore I was only out there for an hour.

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                  • #10
                    Yep going by some of the other posts on the bb recently. If it's done 30 years it's worth a bit of time and keep it out of the land fill. Also one less sale for the junk importers, maybe they will eventually get the message.

                    John.

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                    • #11
                      If you can get the mod# go to Sears.com and then parts,, it is surprising what they still have on hand. Most machines and tools also have a parts blow-up picture, though its not the greatest quality.

                      For something 30 years old, it will be a crap shoot, but worth the few minutes it will take to check it out.
                      rollin'

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                      • #12
                        Den,
                        I had one of those years ago before I got an MSC 4 x 6 bandsaw. I rebuilt the thing with new bushings and shafts, but traded it when I got the 4 X 6 bandsaw. I still have the original manual for it. The model is 101.22922 and is called a Craftsman Commercial. If you get the saw and need the manual, you're welcome to it. Just e-mail me.
                        Bob

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                        • #13
                          These Craftsman saws were made, at that time, by Emerson Electric Company, Paris, Tennessee. The motor carrier for whom I worked hauled many, many loads of Cast Iron castings to the plant and many truck loads of finished tools for distribution. I wish I had bought one back then through the factory, but, alas, hindsight is clearer than foresight! If you don't want it, I'll take it off your hands!! LOL!

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                          • #14
                            I have one just like it and it's a great little saw much better than the newer imports. Cuts great and strait, it won't cut the grass or keep you warm on a cold night but other than thatyou'll love it.

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                            • #15
                              Now I can't wait to move it in. You guys are getting me all excited about that first cut

                              Thanks for all the replies and manual offer, I believe that it has very low mileage on it so shouldn't need any parts for a while.

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