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Old 10-02-2008, 07:18 AM
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Two years ago I was looking to buy a bandsaw and after looking at all the options (Jet, HF, Griz, tool gypsie ) I bought the Jet 5 x 6 model HVBS-56M from Penn Tool. Here is the thread about that purchase http://www.shopfloortalk.com/forums/...ead.php?t=8736 The saw did exactly what I wanted it to do, it cut straight and true right out of the box and I never had to treak this or tweak that to make it cut good. I have had it now for 2 years and I have been through about 8 or 9 blades, I probably would have only used about 4 blades if I was the only one using it but Trevor has a way with pushing things to the limit

The only complaint I have is the same one that everyone else with a 4 x 6 bandsaw has.....the stand sucks. It's too low and it's flimsy (although the Jet stand is 3 times better than the HF stand, it's still a POS.

So I half-*** built a new stand for the saw about a year ago but once I mounted the saw to the stand, I never finished it. I will admit that I have a problem starting things and never finishing them and leaving them half finished, but I'm trying to remedy that. No matter how big a shop you have, floor space is always factor. I try to keep everything mobile and put wheels on everything, but the bandsaw still takes up a fair amount of real estate so I decided to make it fold up to a smaller foot print.

Pic #1&2 is the unfinished stand, it was funtional but incomplete for over a year.

Pic #3 is the stand after I finished welding all the hinge brackets, supports, and a libberal dose of rattle can.

Pic #4 I also made a stock feed roller. I basically copied the one that HF sells for $9.99 only I used real steel and put ball bearings in the roller.

Pic #5 The feed roller folds up and stores in brackets on the band saw stand.
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Old 10-02-2008, 07:34 AM
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The place where I buy all my steel is also an industrial flea market of sorts, you never know what you might find there. A while back they had these wheels from electric power chairs for $12. They were brand new non-marking tires mounted on nice machined aluminum wheels with top quality sealed bearings. I couldn't pass them up and bought a few of them for future use. I used 2 of them for this stand.

The only modification I made to the Jet saw was to the miter fence. Needing to use a wrench to adjust the fence was a major pain in the butt, so I made a flex handle and non-turning bolt to lock the fence in place.

Since I was on a roll actually finishing a project, before I called it done, I made a removable swarf catch pan that attaches to the stand. This should eliminate the mess under the saw after it has been used for a while.

After 2 years of moderate to hard use, the Jet saw is a winner in my book. I still would like to have an Ellis and if I ever get one, I'll still keep the Jet because it's a good saw for the money.

Pic #1 The too cl to pass up wheels

Pic #2&3 The fence lock handle

Pic #4 The swarf pan.
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Old 10-02-2008, 08:14 AM
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Wow! Nice work, Mac.

I love the color, too!

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Old 10-02-2008, 08:45 AM
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That stand is awesome Mac, more durable, functional, and better looking than anything you'd usually find under one of those saws.


I'll add in here about your "too cl to pass up wheels": YOU SUCK!!!

I recognized them instantly from my dealings with Dad's Rascal (I hate that machine, really...). If you ever find them going flat or need more weight on the stand, go have those puppies filled with foam. They'll last forever then. And, at a regular price of $70+ each you got a heck of a deal on them. It costs me $100 to get one shipped over this way, and I replace about 3 a year!!!
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Old 10-02-2008, 10:54 AM
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Good looking stand, Mack.
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Nicely done, Mack. I like the way it saves space.
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Great job! That's one fine looking stand, my favorite feature is the tray that catches the stuff. Do you ever have a piece fall off and knock the tray? Maybe put a small bar across to keep any large drops from taking out the tray. Great job!
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The stand is an outSTANDing idea. I think I will take a little of that idea for my own one!
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Old 10-05-2008, 07:16 PM
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Thanks guys. After looking at what others had done for stands, I stole what I thought were the best features from all of them and rolled them into this one.

Scott, I figured you would say something about the color. Lowes was closing out that color and I bought all they had for 1$ a can, I have over a case of smurf left.

Dub, after buying 2 of thoses wheels and realalizing what a good deal they actually were, I went back and bought 4 more before they sold out. I'm sure something else in my shop will become mobile in style.

Bob, the pan only extends the width of the saw by 2" and it is mostly forward of the fence, so the drops clear the pan.
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