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    Default Anyone own a Makita resaw bandsaw

    For years now I have owned a Makita 16" resaw bandsaw and am interested if anyone has owned one. I am curious to know if many of them were sold in Australia.
    It is a great unit, for its size. the photo is not of mine, but same with different base.

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    Never seen one before but it looks ok. Being makita it should be better than most.

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    Do you want to sell it?
    "There is no dark side of the moon really. Matter of fact it's all dark."

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    No I am very happy with it, however I noticed that some years ago on this site that someone desberately wanted to buy one ( secondhand) as they stopped making them years ago.

    I am just interested to know if there are any others around.

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    Default makita re-saw

    Hi,inventor hang on to your re saw i wanted one myself butt they are hard to come across and the hitachi ones are around the 5k mark new. So i ended up with a second hand 26inch, 3ph saw for a lot less and it stops for nothing.Not shaw if the makita is still made but yours first i have seen.

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    Default Makita 2116 16" bandsaw

    I have one of these saws and I need an upper guide support casting. I want to weld the original, but I believe the alignment may be compromised. Know of any part sources?

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    Solywoda
    Sorry, no I could only guess to try USA. Given that the original guides were pretty crude, I can't imagine being too much out of alignment after welding. ( eg: you could shim/pack to suit?)
    I converted my guides by fitting a set of JET bearing roller guides (available as a set, for their larger bandsaws- double row bearings etc) They work well and are easy to adjust.
    There was no loss of cutting height and now I can use various size blades, as the largest blade I use is smaller than the original resaw blade.

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    Default Makita 2116 band saw parts

    Aloha Inventor,
    I will assume the guide support is aluminum and attempt to weld it. Parts seem to be nonexistent.
    Solywoda

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    Default Makita 2116 band saw parts

    Incidently, I also have the 20" Jet band saw and a Crescent 18" band saw. The jet grabbed a piece of monkeypod and shattered the trunnion and the upper guide support. I never saw that happen before.

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    Quote Originally Posted by INVENTOR View Post
    Solywoda
    Sorry, no I could only guess to try USA. Given that the original guides were pretty crude, I can't imagine being too much out of alignment after welding. ( eg: you could shim/pack to suit?)
    I converted my guides by fitting a set of JET bearing roller guides (available as a set, for their larger bandsaws- double row bearings etc) They work well and are easy to adjust.
    There was no loss of cutting height and now I can use various size blades, as the largest blade I use is smaller than the original resaw blade.
    There have been a number of people interested in how I put the Jet guides on the Makita. I used a set of double roller bearing JET guides ( from an 18" unit- I think) they were a spare part ( came as a set, top and bottom assemblies). bought here in Australia, so should be available in the USA.
    I wanted the saw to be able to accept 'any' width blade, so opted for the double row bearing units. I ususally run a 1/2" blade, but also run approx 1" as well.

    It involved quite a bit of fabrication ( particularly the bottom guide) but the end result was well worth the effort and the saw still has its original capacity. The bottom door had to be slightly cut away, to miss the guide bracket.
    I managed to use the top aluminium guide assembly , just cut away part of it and very accurately cross drilled a hole to hold a new shaft ( that holds the new guides) the plate at the rear of this aluminium part ( see photo) is there to stop the guide from rotating but allows the guide assembly to move forward and backward.
    In short, not a job for someone who is not willing to do a lot of measurements and 'machine' and fabricate a few parts.

    The whole process is a bit too involved to explain here ( I don't have time, sorry)

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    Default Thanks inventor

    Thanks for the additional details. I have to do this same sort of thing with my makita resaw. I know the end result will be well worth the effort.
    I'll try to track down the model number of that guide assembly if anyone is interested.

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    In about 1985 I purchased a Hitachi unit for a government workshop in Darwin. I think the price was around $1,600 at the time. I seem to recall we put some reasonable sized timber through the machine. I know one thing that I did, that didn't work... I tried to cut a log on the round... soon as the blade bit into the log it grabbed and tried roll the log down and busted the blade... we just said oh my god. Never tried to cut on the round again.

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    Reminds of the PO we had at UNSW in the late 70s did similar with a piece of dowell.
    It spun, matched the speed of the blade and rode up the blade off the table then caught and you know the rest. He never came back into the 'shop after that.
    Simple to cut round if you know how, just jamb it with your fingers if small or clamp glue or screw a square piece to the end to control it.
    The trick is not to let it start rotating 'cause you'll never stop it once it does.
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    Just recieved one in a trade. Any info for blade guides as my saw is missing then.

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    Yes there are others around but they're almost always hard to come by:

    16 inch MAKITA RE-SAW

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