I am not sure I should call this a gloat as I got it from my father : )
Anyway, he had bought a house and it came with a cabinet saw and a bandsaw.
Although he quickly saw a need for the first, he did not have a need for the
bandsaw so he gave it to me. Truth be told, it appears to be a cheap
Taiwanese tool and I cannot find any info on it (It says American TOOLCOA
WBS-14). I put new tires on and cleaned it up. I purchased a relatively
inexpensive 1/2" 3 TPI blade to try resawing. It works okay on smaller
pieces although the scores from the blade are pretty serious and I get a
fair amount of drift that I have to account for using an angled fence. Oh,
and the motor: 3/4 HP, single phase, 1420 RPM. I was recently given a
couple boxes of scrap hard wood and want to cut most of it to 3/4" or so for
I want to continue to improve upon this machine (although some may offer
opinions on how much I should put into this?) and my search through the
archives tells me I should look at two things.
1) Get a better blade.
2) Install a high HP motor.
My questions for the group are:
1) Which would you do first, put $$$ into a good blade or get a better
2) How much should I be willing to put into this saw (the obvious answer
seems to be "less than it would cost to buy a new one" but thought someone
might have more insight into what I should spend to refurbish a machine like
3) Anyone heard of this brand name?