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  1. #1
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    Do All Bandsaw

    I've owned several bandsaws. Never had a new one. My first was homemade. My neighbor, long before my birth had wanted a bandsaw during World War II. It wasn't possible to buy one then. It would have been great, except the blade tensioner had no spring. A tight blade would loosen as it heated up. My second was a Grizzly 1 HP home bandsaw. On the first use the upper wheel fell off. Repeated attempts to order parts from Grizzly failed. It later went through the flood. I had an all stainless meat saw, I wasn't able to get blade guides for, and an antique 36" wheeled monster that also succumbed to the flood.

    After the flood, there was a small federal loan. A given portion was earmarked to machine replacements. I looked into a reconditioned Powermatic, and learned that a ten year old functional bandsaw would cost over $4000. There wasn't room in the budget for that.

    Later, I bought a Do All. It is a monster! This spring I finally fitted it with a two horsepower single phase motor. This is quite a machine. It includes a grinder, and blade welder for pierce work, a tachometer, a blower to clear sawdust from the cut, and the hydraulic components for a power feed. It came with a dozen blades. Some are labeled "too long" others look good, fit, but cut off to one side.

    I'm pretty ignorant. Bandsaws are the only machine I've never managed a good experience with, that includes the Powermatic in high school shop class I split my finger down the middle with. Is it new blades I need? or should I give up?

    Willie
    An optimist is usually wrong, and when the unexpected happens is unprepared. A pessimist is usually right, when wrong, is delighted, and well prepared.

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    Re: Do All Bandsaw

    DoAll is a beast of a band saw. They made file blades too. Don't give it up!
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    Re: Do All Bandsaw

    See if any of this helps you out. I'd call MK Morse and get a badasz blade for it. Talk to their tech guys

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    Re: Do All Bandsaw

    Thank you.

    The content in the video was pretty familiar stuff. The fact they used a saw very similar to mine was interesting. I'm going to try new blades, and hope for redemption. I want to have two capabilities: metal, (including steel), and wood. I own wood land, and occasionally I'll use an Alaskan Sawmill to make two very nice 3" thick quarter sawn planks per log before the rest becomes firewood. After a couple years drying, it is best resawn with a big bandsaw. Quartersawn lumber is remarkably stable. It won't cup like plainsawn will.

    Also, I'm getting some belt slip. I presume a 1930's 2 HP motor was significantly more heavy than a 2017 motor. Belts are old, maybe dry.

    Willie
    An optimist is usually wrong, and when the unexpected happens is unprepared. A pessimist is usually right, when wrong, is delighted, and well prepared.

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