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To buy or not to buy...1/27
Looking for my first band saw on the cheap and I found a 14" Reliant on sale for $50 but the seller says it needs a 1 HP motor. If I can find a used motor for around $50 then I'd go for it but I have no idea what size/type pulley the motor would need, and I'm guessing the seller doesn't either. I know the Reliant brand is akin to something like Harbor Freight so I know it's not worth much trouble, but the wallet is a bit slim at the moment.
I suppose I could find the right HP motor at the local electric repair shop but does anyone have advice on what size/type pulley I should look for to go with this saw?
PS. I know the general advice is gonna be to skip this one altogether and look for something better, but there's just no other way I'm gonna find this cutting height (which I need) at the ~$100 price range.
I would go to grizzly and buy a pulley that fits their 14" bandsaw that looks the same. It should be close enough.
I am not sure what you are using it for and why you are having troubles justifying $100 when you are in a woodworking business?
Buying a pulley will be very inexpensive, you just have to match the pulley size and pitch that is on the bandsaw. The other thing is you have to buy a pulley with the same shaft diameter as the motor you buy.
There are lots of used motors around for cheap, look at the buy and sell in your area, Craigslist, kijiji, auctions , Facebook market place, etc.
I'll learned enough about replacement parts now that I'll probably go ahead and buy the saw. I've gotten advice to make sure the wheels turn freely and that the bearings sound ok. Any other advice on what to check out on the saw when I do the inspection?
for fifty dollars you have nothing to loose. buy the saw.
Ahh, the hope and promise of an affordable first bandsaw. In the early 80's, I pulled a similar saw out of a scrapheap; the saw was one of the "elephant" saws, so-called because of the elephant stamped on the plastic knobs that held the blade covers on. These were knock-offs of the Delta/Rockwell 14" band saw; one manufacturer, many different brand names.
The table trunnions were broken, and the previous owner "glued" the table in place with some construction adhesive. After cleaning it up, I ordered the Delta trunnions, and they fit perfectly, right down to the hole pattern. Delta may be a possible source for parts other than the motor pulley.
In addition to what has already been said, you might pull both blade covers off and see if you can get a straightedge to touch both rims of both wheels, or if it can be adjusted to do so, which would mean that you may actually be able to track a blade on the saw once you get it running. Make sure that any adjustment screws or knobs actually do something.
It looks like a workable 14" saw with a riser block, allowing a 12" cut under the guides. Finding out the blade speed on a 14" Delta saw will give you a good approximation to determine what the motor pulley size is that you need. Harbor Freight, Graingers, Northern Tool, McMaster-Carr and Ebay also come to mind as sources for the motor pulley.
Don't lose sight of the fact that a new band saw, of similar quality but without the riser block, is about $400.
Brings back memories. They sold them at Woodworkers Whorehouse back in the early 1990’s. Kinda like a cheaper version of the original Grizzly machines.
One of my friends used a Reliant dovetail jig for 15 years. 1000’s of drawers.
if the basic machine , bearings , wheels frame are solid you have a decent foundation to work with for the money. Band saw blades speed are mostly measured by FPS feet per second as opposed to rpm. There is a simple formula to calculate the speed and size of pulley based on the rpm of the motor.
For your re sawing plans you can also obtain more better guides that should retro fit easily and help you with better results. Good luck
That's for all the great info guys. Unfortunately someone else got to this 14" right before I committed. I ended up with a decent 12" Craftsman instead. Sturdy factory base with some kind of original built-in digital readout although I'm not sure if it works. Saw runs fairly well with 6" cut height, 2 speeds, 1.25 hp, and a huge table that tilts 45 deg.. Any suggestion for good performing but economical belts or tires? I'm finding sets of tires on Amazon for around $18 but I'm wondering if that's too cheap to be any good.
It’s like the old saying, “you can’t polish a turd.” Save your money and put it towards a bandsaw.