This saw was given to me by my uncle. I was wondering if anyone can identify
how old this saw is and whether or not it would be worth the time to
refurbish it. It is a 12" saw on what looks like a homemade base
Ayup Craftsman band saw all right. I have a model 103.0103 built in
about 1940. Yours is a bit newer, perhaps early post WWII.
Unfortunately, Sears no longer carries parts for it. You can get blades
and tires (e.g. Suffolk Machinery (http://www.suffolkmachinery.com /) and
other places. I have cool blocks for the blade guides and they work
fine. Otherwise you are on your own and what you can get from
volunteers either here or at http://owwm.com .
I keep a small 1/8 blade on it and use it for toys and other stuff with
tight angles. Nice piece of machinery. Clean it up and use it in good
It looks very similar to what I've got. From the style of the
sheet-metal cover, I'd guess yours is an earlier vintage than mine, but
from what I can see in the photos, it looks almost identical
mechanically. I would not be surprised if Sears still stocks parts for
it (they do for mine).
Mine comes on a stand, with a Craftsman-branded 1/3 HP motor. I bought
mine for $100, and put another $100 or so into fixing it up (new
bearings, tires, and guards from Sears, after-market blade guides, and
blades from Timberwolf). It works fine.
I've even managed to resaw some 6" hardwood, but with the underpowered
motor it was more to prove it was possible than anything practical to do
on a regular basis. Yours looks like it's got a bigger motor, so you've
probably got a more useful machine than I do.
Could be as late as the early/mid 60's. It's a King Seeley
in case you wanted to know/need something else to search
As has been mentioned, go to the OWWM. You'll maybe find
catalogs and some dirty paper on the saw.
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