My Decision

There are times when the excitement of the moment leaves me nearly speechless.  This is one of those times and I am finding it difficult to come up with words to adequately convey my joy.  The eskimos have a similar number of words for snow as we do in English, it is an urban myth that they have a large number.  So it is clear that they probably won’t be able to help me to describe my joy, or snow, in a fun and entertaining way.

It will be no surprise to those who read on a regular basis, which would not include my aunt Barb, that I have been wanting to make a major tool purchase.   Today I made my decsion and feel delighted.  I am the proud owner of a new Powermatic 14″ Woodworking Band Saw and the 6″ extender, which allows me to resaw up to 12″.  The fine folks at ACME included the extender with my purchase, mostly because they where thrilled to find out that the whole eskimo snow word mystery had been solved, or becaue they are AWESOME.  I am not sure which, but my gut tells me it is the latter.

We put it in the truck.  There were three boxes, two of which were not heavy at all for an Olympic weight lifter.  I am not an Olympic weight lifter, so it was pretty heavy.  Don, who lives next door, has a great dolly.  He is generous with letting me use the dolly, but when I got home, Don and Jackie weren’t around.  I had two options, as far as I could tell, I could use my time to work on the tiny box, or choose to slumber.  I napped.  When I awoke to the sounds of militant gun fire or left over fire crackers, I saw that Don and Jackie were home.  So I secured the dolly and succeeded in getting my new bandsaw into the basement.

I have named it Jeff.  On the drive home I realized that I would need to name my bandsaw and the first name that popped into my head was Jeff.  I tried half a dozen other names, but I felt, deep down in my bones, that my bandsaws name is Jeff.   Jeff has a fine looking manual.  This has been one of the benefits of leanring woodworking, because of my fear of death, I have taken to carefully reading the manuals for all of my new tools.  It turns out that there is always a lot of good stuff in there.

That is where I am right now.  I have not put Jeff together yet.  I am too excited to continue with more blog silliness tonight.  Jeff needs me, so I will talk to you all more tomorrow.

15 comments
RTB
RTB

1st. Read the manual and assembly inst's 3 X front to back and 1 X back to front try to remember all of the nomenclature unique to band saws. You needs to know exactly what the assembly instructions mean. record the serial # and Model # on the manual cover along with the date of purchase, and keep it and any other manuals you aqqire in a ring binder. register your warranty and copy your sales receipt to a computer file along with all the info that you recorded on the manual cover.

2nd. open the boxes.

3rd. check every iten including nuts, boltd and hair pins against the master parts list, usually in the instructions

repeat #s 1,2,& 3 with the riser kit.

Follow the intructions. I've found that these things ussually go better it things are finger tight and the tightened firm after the assembly is compleatly done.

A book on bandsawing is a good idea, ie try the library. Check out the lj's review tabs under bandsaw blades, theres a big differance in quality and you're going to need several.

Good Luck

RTB
RTB

1st. Read the manual and assembly inst's 3 X front to back and 1 X back to front try to remember all of the nomenclature unique to band saws. You needs to know exactly what the assembly instructions mean. record the serial # and Model # on the manual cover along with the date of purchase, and keep it and any other manuals you aqqire in a ring binder. register your warranty and copy your sales receipt to a computer file along with all the info that you recorded on the manual cover.

2nd. open the boxes.

3rd. check every iten including nuts, boltd and hair pins against the master parts list, usually in the instructions

repeat #s 1,2,& 3 with the riser kit.

Follow the intructions. I've found that these things ussually go better it things are finger tight and the tightened firm after the assembly is compleatly done.

A book on bandsawing is a good idea, ie try the library. Check out the lj's review tabs under bandsaw blades, theres a big differance in quality and you're going to need several.

Good Luck

Doug Whitson
Doug Whitson

Excellent choice Brian. http://www.suffolkmachinery.com/ will help you decide on the blade you need. I highly recommend these good folks for blade purchases. You will probably not be able to use the blade that came with the saw as you are installing the riser from the start and they normally ship a 96" inch blade and you will need something in the order of a 105" blade. If you order now, you might have a blade by the time Jeff is all together and ready to slice some wood.
Later,
Doug in AZ.

Doug Whitson
Doug Whitson

Excellent choice Brian. http://www.suffolkmachinery.com/ will help you decide on the blade you need. I highly recommend these good folks for blade purchases. You will probably not be able to use the blade that came with the saw as you are installing the riser from the start and they normally ship a 96" inch blade and you will need something in the order of a 105" blade. If you order now, you might have a blade by the time Jeff is all together and ready to slice some wood.
Later,
Doug in AZ.

Bill
Bill

Congratulations on your new tool. May it serve you well!

"The Bandsaw Book", by Lonnie Bird, is very good if you haven't already read it or the equivalent.

Bill

Bill
Bill

Congratulations on your new tool. May it serve you well!

"The Bandsaw Book", by Lonnie Bird, is very good if you haven't already read it or the equivalent.

Bill

Derek Olson
Derek Olson

Excellent choice in both the band saw and the powermatic brand. You and Jeff will enjoy many an adventure. . . Btw I love how you name all you tools, I would consider the practice myself but I have enough trouble keeping my three daughters names straight somedays. I just couldn't task my simple mind with the additional burden. :)

At any rate congrats and again good choice
Oldwolf

Derek Olson
Derek Olson

Excellent choice in both the band saw and the powermatic brand. You and Jeff will enjoy many an adventure. . . Btw I love how you name all you tools, I would consider the practice myself but I have enough trouble keeping my three daughters names straight somedays. I just couldn't task my simple mind with the additional burden. :)

At any rate congrats and again good choice
Oldwolf

Dyami
Dyami

Nice purchase, my man. I'm thinking of taking advantage of the sale myself for a drum sander. Say hello to Jeff for me and enjoy you cutting.

PickeringMike
PickeringMike

Congratulations on the newest addition to your tool family. May you enjoy years of happiness learning with and from Jeff.

Torch02
Torch02

I also have the 14" Powermatic with the extender. If possible, I would recommend having someone else around when you mount the motor and attach the belt to it. Trust me - you'll want another pair of hands.

Enjoy!

Torch02
Torch02

I also have the 14" Powermatic with the extender. If possible, I would recommend having someone else around when you mount the motor and attach the belt to it. Trust me - you'll want another pair of hands.

Enjoy!

Greg
Greg

OOooooo.... resaw resaw resaw.... Good sir, with the purchase of a decent bandsaw, you have extended the ease and speed at which you can work wood by a CONSIDERABLE factor. Enjoy!

Brian Meeks
Brian Meeks

Thanks. I think I will try to do that. I appreciate the tip.

Brian Meeks
Brian Meeks

Thanks. I think I will try to do that. I appreciate the tip.