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Bandsaw - Information

The Bandsaw is our most popular Add-On Tool and your best choice for making curved, beveled or irregular cuts in wood, plastics and nonferrous metals. It’s also the best choice when you need to make straight cuts in stock up to 6-inches thick or Resaw lumber (make thin boards out of thick ones) for smaller projects.

Another popular application for the Bandsaw is Compound Cutting, the process typically used for cutting out three-dimensional objects such as fancy cabriole or Queen Anne style legs for fine furniture; bracket feet for clocks/jewelry boxes; toy animals for the kids; unique bandsaw boxes and lots more.

Finally, the Bandsaw will make quick work of cutting out multiples of an odd-shaped curved or straight-sided workpiece. If the piece is made from thinned stock, the bandsaw will let you temporarily fasten a stack of several boards together and Pad Saw them, all at once. For thicker objects, you can Pattern Saw workpieces by attaching them to a cut-out wooden pattern that you then guide against a pin that's attached to your Bandsaw Table.

All of these techniques are detailed in your copy of Power Tool Woodworking For Everyone that came with your Shopsmith MARK V.

Special features bring added convenience and improve your results

Unlimited cut-off capacity on workpieces up to 3-7/8-inch wide. Exclusive, reversible blade guides let you twist the blade to a 30-degree angle from the frame for this operation.

Large, versatile table is 13-1/2-inch x 15-1/2-inch big for plenty of support with an easy-to-read scale for accurate tilt adjustments from 5-degree left to 45-degree right -- and a special T-Slot Extrusion that lets you fine tune your miter gauge to the table for wobble-free precision.

Easy blade tension adjustments -- Just match an indicator on the built-in tension gauge with the blade width you’re using. There’s no guesswork.

The Shopsmith Bandsaw accepts a full range of blade sizes from 1/16-inch, for fine, intricate scroll work (optional Cool Blocks® recommended) to 5/8-inch wide (for resawing and cutting straight lines or gradual curves in thick stock).

Manuals:
Manual, Parts List and Exploded View Drawing (Older model Cast Iron Table) - Item #841547
Manual, Parts List and Exploded View Drawing (Current model – Aluminum Table) - Item #556074

How Old Is It:
Below is a chart indicating the Serial Numbers of the Bandsaw made in various years.

Jan. Feb. Mar. April May June July Aug. Sept. Oct. Nov. Dec.
1954 -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- --
1955 -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- --
1956 -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- --
1957 -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- 31621 32339
1958 34181 34734 -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- --
1959 -- -- -- -- -- 34815 -- -- 35115 -- -- 36456
1960 37284 -- 37454 37802 38010 38370 38842 39104 39459 -- 39514 39810
1961 40297 -- -- -- 40670 40983 -- -- -- -- -- --
1978 -- 6196 6557 6787 6936 7086 7232 7432 7734 8051 8294 8591
1979 9073 9715 10206 10782 11369 11860 12386 12969 13507 14092 14885 15482
1980 16576 17313 18276 20005 20959 22197 23465 24835 26220 27760 30215 31788
1981 33445 35444 36717 38726 39967 41973 44990 47178 49199 50215 51210 53145
1982 54538 55846 57419 59357 60565 62424 63579 65236 66738 67812 68547 70092
1983 71371 73178 75198 77271 78751 80378 82070 83423 85127 86626 87910 88828
1984 89910 91824 93396 95132 96069 97227 98728 99547 100534 101685 103259 104813
1985 106352 107972 109253 110809 111792 112770 -- -- 113663 114497 115490 116252
1986 117460 118546 -- 122362 123379 124524 125236 125608 126040 126485 126699 127394
1987 128098 128656 129191 129549 129926 130511 130989 131162 131522 131986 132463
From Dec 1987 until now, Bandsaws have date codes.
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