Just got my Iturra bandsaw catalog today. Damn! I don't know *why* I
waited sooo long to get one. I've already suped up my BS with the
usual phelonic guides, zero clearance inserts, and link belt...but, I
can't wait to supe it up more! I gotta recommend any one who owns a BS
to get the catalog...so much info. You will know what I mean when you
get it. What to get next for my BS....hmmm?
ps, usual disclaimers apply.
I would welcome a correction if I'm wrong, but I don't think so. I've
always ordered his catalogue by simply (gasp) picking up the phone and
calling him. A few days later, there it is in my mailbox, my address
having been hand-written on it. Refreshingly low-tech. Great
Thank you. I'll start a fire and send a smoke signal... LOL... For a bit
higher tech alternative I'll us the phone.
I also appreciated the simple catalog/reference manual that the Girshwind
Group/ Timberwolf mailed to me. 22 pages.
"Refreshingly low tech" is the correct term. Don't expect fancy 4
color printing or a website with animation. Expect high quality items
at a good price and personal advice and/or research written on every
page and on every item he sells. Get Mark Duginske's bandsaw book and
this catalog and you'll have all the info and items you need to make
your 14" BS run its best....Delta or Jet. Again, slapping head for
waiting so long.
On 29 Nov 2005 06:29:50 -0800, email@example.com wrote:
Well, yes and no. The info can be used for 18 inchers, but Iturra
sells items for 14" BSs, namely Delta and Jet, though a lot of the
items can be used for other brand 14 inchers. He likes 14"
bandsaws...what can I say? You'll know why when you get the catalog.
On Tue, 29 Nov 2005 20:33:33 GMT, "Leon"
I've been very happy with my 14" Delta's performance. It passes the
nickel test. But there are little things like wheel and perhaps table
shims that I haven't addressed in the past. As well as their ceramic
thrust "bearing". A new beefier Iturra tension spring would be nice
too. And I've always wanted to get a nice tension wheel. The Carter
electronic tension guage is really nice. At first I thought, who
really needs that, till I read about it. It constantly monitors blade
tension as you cut which is great for resawing and the best feature of
all is it'll cut power to the BS with a sudden loss of blade tension
when the blade breaks during a cut. Oh, and their guide post counter
balancer would save my table, workpieces and fingers from being
smashed on those occasions I forget what the hell I'm doing when I
loosen that guide post nut. What else...?
On Tue, 29 Nov 2005 08:00:30 -0800, "Frank Drackman"
Sorry, I am a bit confused. Are you having probems cutting or are you just
upgrading because you like the new stuff. Nothing wrong with either, am
just trying to figure out what is driving the upgrade.
Both! No problems cutting really, though I've been only using my BS
for simple stuff. But eventually I'd like to try using it for cutting
tenons, dovetails...especially twisted dovetails, and bigger resawing.
At present the blade is not 90 degrees to the table front to back and
and this poses a problem cutting joints. This is where the table shims
come into the picture.
As far as some of the other stuff is concerned...being that the BS is
the only big WWing machine in my apartment "workshop" (the other is a
10" Dayton bench top DP) I'd like to incrementally make it better or
more convenient (more fun?) to use. I just want to tinker and hotrod
it a bit. The chrome plated cast iron tension wheel in the catalog is
really nice and would look so pretty on my BS. :-) ...and it *would*
make tensioning the blade faster/easier (gotta be practical right?)
On Tue, 29 Nov 2005 20:45:16 -0800, "Frank Drackman"
The Iturra catalog is addicting. It's Lee Valley for new bandsaw
Generally I see something that I really need, and can easily find
other items to add to the order. These items are often less than $10,
so before I know it I added a half-dozen extras.
I got the lube stick with my last order, and this should last me a
long LONG time. It's essentially a Chapstick you apply to the blades
to make it easier when cutting, but the picture doesn't show the
scale. It's the size of a grease gun fitting. A Jumbo Chapstick! I
was using PAM before (which is what Duginske suggests), but the lube
stick is much faster and easier to apply. You just have to ignore the
warnings about applying it to moving parts. :-)
Next time I order, I'm going to get the angle gauges, and perhaps the
alternative tips for the dial indicator.
I'm still waiting for a Spinner that will work with the Jet Deluxe 14"
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