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Old 06-13-2011, 02:16 PM
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I have been away for three weeks on a bike trip so I haven't been posting much, anyway I have been looking for a small vertical band saw for metal cutting and got a good deal on a Craftsman wood cutting 12" but after hearing what Cutter had to say about his experience with the same saw I gave up on that idea. Now I have got a hold of a fine 1956 all cast iron Toro 10" band saw with a factory jack shaft for speed reduction, but the upper blade guide is junk and the lower one is missing and I can't find a manual for the saw. Does anyone know what they look like or have any idea how to build a good set of guides. I got the saw for free with four metal cutting blades with it. As you can see it was a basket case. One good thing about the Craftsman saw I traded it for a portaband.
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I can stop at tried and true tomorrow after work. I know they get them in quite often and I think they have a manual that could be copied. If I get lucky I can flat rate stuff to you.
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digr, I would expect the lower guides to be built into the table trunnions.
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I can stop at tried and true tomorrow after work. I know they get them in quite often and I think they have a manual that could be copied. If I get lucky I can flat rate stuff to you.
That would be great!! They were made in the mpls.
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Carter band saw guides are considered the gold standard in wood band saws but I don't see why they wouldn't work for metal cutting. A set of upper and lower costs about $150 so they are not cheap. You may be able to get enough information from the web site to find alternatives or even build your own. Here is the web site:

http://www.carterproducts.com/produc....asp?cat_id=13

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No luck at the candy store. They said to call and get put on the looking for list.

I don't know if this link will be of help.

http://vintagemachinery.org/mfgindex/detail.aspx?id=865
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Ted, I'm by no means sure if this is the same as your little saw but I found this pictures by drilling down through the OWWM link that Dale posted.

There were 2 Toro saws displayed by 2 different members, neither or which appear to be the present owners.
The 4th photo shows the guides from one of them.

I'm sure you can build better guides yourself than Toro ever thought about.

By the way, KoolBlocks run just fine on a small metal cutting bandsaw & that's probably about all you'll have room for. Older Craftsman bandsaws ran 1/4" round steel blocks that can be replaced with the fiber ones. I have even used 1/4" hardwood dowels successfully.
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Carter band saw guides are considered the gold standard in wood band saws but I don't see why they wouldn't work for metal cutting. A set of upper and lower costs about $150 so they are not cheap. You may be able to get enough information from the web site to find alternatives or even build your own. Here is the web site:

http://www.carterproducts.com/produc....asp?cat_id=13

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No luck at the candy store. They said to call and get put on the looking for list.

I don't know if this link will be of help.

http://vintagemachinery.org/mfgindex/detail.aspx?id=865
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Ted, I'm by no means sure if this is the same as your little saw but I found this pictures by drilling down through the OWWM link that Dale posted.

There were 2 Toro saws displayed by 2 different members, neither or which appear to be the present owners.
The 4th photo shows the guides from one of them.

I'm sure you can build better guides yourself than Toro ever thought about.

By the way, KoolBlocks run just fine on a small metal cutting bandsaw & that's probably about all you'll have room for. Older Craftsman bandsaws ran 1/4" round steel blocks that can be replaced with the fiber ones. I have even used 1/4" hardwood dowels successfully.
I saw those same pictures and you are wright there isn't a lot of room for the bottom guide. I am going to check on the Koolblocks, its not like the saw will be used every day.
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Just went up on cratgslist.

http://minneapolis.craigslist.org/ra...450518961.html
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I found a manual for the saw under the name Tomlee, it is the same saw. It looks like from all the pictures and the manual these saws never had a lower blade guide! I have made both upper and lower blade guides and will post pictures soon. Now I need a stand, anyone have any ideas for a easy stand that looks good? I believe the speed should be about 100 SFPM.
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