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Band saw part missing? Answered

Need a little help here. This is a craftsman 10" band saw. The image is directly below the cutting surface. I suspect there is a part missing, maybe a guide or roller. Where the arrows are in the picture, there are holes as if a bar should go across to hold a roller.

Can someone please confirm there's a part missing, tell me the name of the missing part and hopefully where I can order a new one?

One day I was cutting, the blade broke. No big deal, right? I put a new blade on and continued working. It runs pretty well, but the blades pop off pretty easily. It gets very frustrating. Later, I found a wheel (about less than 1/2") in the sawdust. It could only have come from the bandsaw. I didn't find any other parts, but they could have been sucked up by the vacuum.

Thanks for the help!

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rickharris

2 years ago

What you have lost is the lower blade guide. Not too difficult to make a new one see here:

there is very little Matthias can't make.

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rickharris

2 years ago

Actually looking closer I think you have a bottom guide, not a very good one but the blade isn't between it.. The blade is also too slack.

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Quadrifoglio

2 years ago

If you have the manual, check in the back. There should be an explosion diagram, like this one https://www.manualshelf.com/manual/craftsman/113-244513/band-saw-owners-manual/page-18.html, and a parts list like this one https://www.manualshelf.com/manual/craftsman/113-244513/band-saw-owners-manual/page-19.html.

Check the Sears “Model finder” at http://www.searspartsdirect.com/. Pull the lower guide and see what has gone wrong and what you will need. Don’t be surprised if the part or parts are discontinued (everywhere). Fortunately, rickharris has a elegant solution.

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g-one

2 years ago

Indeed it seems the rear thrust bearing for the blade is missing. Often the blade guides above and below the cutting surface look similar. If you find such a small wheel at the upper blade guide as well it would be quite likely the missing bearing for the lower blade guide. Maybe some pictures will help you

http://www.google.com/images?q=band+saw+blade+guide