Wednesday, April 27, 2011

Ridgid 14in Bandsaw Restoration & Upgrade Part 1

Although I'm already working on my Makita 2040 Planer Restoration, I saw this on CL and just had to have it.
Its a Ridgid 14 in bandsaw with a Kreg fence that I got for $150.
The Kreg fence alone is worth about $100 so I figure its a good deal. The previous owner was a penmaker and this thing was full of multi-colored dust. It has a lot of vibration at low rpm's (starting/stopping) but reduces dramatically at full speed although still noticeable.

After initial inspection, the table has some rust, the thrust bearings appear to be shot and some cool blocks and thumbscrews seem to be missing.

  • Eliminating Vibration
    • Replace the drive belt w/ a link belt
    • Remove the rubber "anti-vibration" motor mounts and hard mount the motor
    • Balance the wheels
  • Increase Cut Capacity
    • Install a riser block
    • Upgrade the motor
  • Fit and Finish
    • Remove rust from table
    • Replace worn out bearings
    • Vacuum out the mountains of dust
As I do this, I want to keep track of my spending to see if I would have been better just buying this:

So far I have spent the following:
H3051P Riser Block Kit$69.95
Peachtree Woodworking
4' Fenner Power Twist V-belt$25.90
Urethane Bandsaw Tire$29.50
Highland Woodworking
Cool Blocks$12.99
1/2" x 105" Woodslicer Blade$29.99
Ridgid Bandsaw$150.00
1.5HP 1725rpm Dayton Motor$75.00
Key Stock 3/16" x 3/16"$1.24
5/8" bore 2.80" Diameter pulley$16.00
Tax & Shipping$10.31

My grand total so far is: $441.57. I still need to buy thumbscrews, bearings, and/or electrical tidbits to get it working.

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