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I've got a 17" vertical bandsaw for wood, but I've been wanting one that would run slow enough for metal as well. I just brought home a Boice-Crane model 2309 floor mount 8-speed bandsaw. It has a 4 step pulley with a 2 speed gearbox. Blade FPM 92-4100. Blade size 3/16"-3/4". Runs nice and quite. Tires, bearings, etc. look in great shape. I never heard of this brand before but it appears to be a very good construction. Made in Ohio in 1955.

I paid $400 for it... Is that a fair price or is it on the high end?

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You got a great saw with good capacity at a low end price - assuming the bearings and guides are all in good shape. A new saw of similar capability would set you back at least 3-4 times what you paid. 10 times for a premium saw.
 

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Boice Crane made light industrial stuff - very good quality. I have a 6" BC jointer that I think well of.
 

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yeah - pictures, please!
 

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Looks like a good one, interesting top blade guide bearing adjuster,
Yesterday I put a chip brush under table on my Doall to keep most chips away from tire.
 

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I'd say that you did well. They are well made, but I think the blade size isn't a standard one. That's no big deal though


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I'd say that you did well. They are well made, but I think the blade size isn't a standard one. That's no big deal though


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Yes, it does appear to not be that common. It's 98" (8'-2").

Where's a good place to buy blades? I used to buy from Enco when they had some of those great sales with free shipping:cry:. Man, I miss those! MSC's prices are not as good, but they do have good selection. I most likely will stick with carbon steel blades. I know they don't last as long, but if you hit something hard and ruin one I'd rather lose a $25 blade than a $50 dollar one!

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I don't really know. I think Mcmaster makes them to length, otherwise I'd look locally to a blade and sharpening shop.


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Mine are 114" several places make them to size , I use bimetal 10-14 tpi
I think I got mine from 'custom blades online' bimetal vari pitch is the way to go'
Not much will stop them
Google band saw blades ,
 

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Nice machine, Ted. Yours is way beefier than the more modern machines - very nice!
 

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Most cities have a custom blade maker that will be in any quality you like. Shop local if you can so problems are easier to resolve.
 

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^ x2

Bimetal May cost more but they are worth the cost my blade is still going strong after a year now , cutting anything a file will
 
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