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    Default Amada CR300 bandsaw?

    I am familiar with most saws except this brand. It looks like it fell off a truck, crunched control console, but mechanically the drive is not broken.
    Is it worth saving?


    The vice appears to be hydraulic, as well as other features.

    The folks that have this are good people I want to offer a decent price, but have to consider cost of repair.

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    Quote Originally Posted by donie View Post
    Is it worth saving?

    I'm not sure for you and your situation (whatever that is) it's worth saving.
    But I saved this one some years back. Control box wasn't AS smashed as yours, and it's an auto-feed saw.
    PS.....I paid $350 for this one at auction.


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    Looks like your saw has an all electric console, the one in the junk yard has hydraulics routed to the console, probably a less costly model.
    The hydraulics is not a problem, I work with that stuff, I saw an internet price of over $7000 for this one in like new shape.
    My current saw is a 50s Johnson, I bought it 30 yrs ago as temporary saw until I could get a better one, however, the old Johnson worked just good enough, I have put off getting another saw until now.

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    No Hyd in control box. My only experience with Johnson saws was in BOCES class in high school. They seemed flimsy, clumsy, and it was a big PITA to change the blade so no one ever did.

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    Quote Originally Posted by dkmc View Post
    I'm not sure for you and your situation (whatever that is) it's worth saving.
    But I saved this one some years back. Control box wasn't AS smashed as yours, and it's an auto-feed saw.
    PS.....I paid $350 for this one at auction.


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    good afternoon- would LOVE to find out if your auto feed works - i have a 'pehaka roboter' and i think it is identical to the pictured one-- please let me know-thanks,pat in calif....

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    That's a great saw, but being smashed up like that makes it pretty undesirable.

    bigger manual saws tend to go pretty cheap even in good shape. I'd say that saw in perfect shape is worth $1500 to the right shop. That one needs a lot of work to fix it up decent.

    If I really needed a saw maybe $300 for that? Otherwise I would pass and buy something ready to work.

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    Locally saws are always hard to find and expensive, might be that every farm needs one for general operation. I just snapped a couple of photos of this saw while buying a drill, I will look it over again tomorrow.
    And from what I found, this is an automatic saw if it had a feeder.
    I wanted to mention the old Johnson saw I have been using is not flimsy, the blade is easy to change, but it is clumsy, slow in speed, and low in power.

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    Quote Originally Posted by donie View Post
    Locally saws are always hard to find and expensive, might be that every farm needs one for general operation. I just snapped a couple of photos of this saw while buying a drill, I will look it over again tomorrow.
    And from what I found, this is an automatic saw if it had a feeder.
    I wanted to mention the old Johnson saw I have been using is not flimsy, the blade is easy to change, but it is clumsy, slow in speed, and low in power.
    No, that is nothing like an automatic saw. That is a 100% manual saw. Maybe Amada used the same basic frame for an auto version, but there are many differences beyond just a shuttle table.

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    Quote Originally Posted by pat pounden View Post
    good afternoon- would LOVE to find out if your auto feed works - i have a 'pehaka roboter' and i think it is identical to the pictured one-- please let me know-thanks,pat in calif....
    Yes, the feed worked well on this one and still does on the identical saw I still have. To clarify, these are "Roller vise" saws and do not have a shuttle vise. The mechanicals and electrical aren't too complicated on these.

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    Quote Originally Posted by dkmc View Post
    Yes, the feed worked well on this one and still does on the identical saw I still have. To clarify, these are "Roller vise" saws and do not have a shuttle vise. The mechanicals and electrical aren't too complicated on these.
    so is it a pehaka?--i can push the contactor together and make the fast feed work,but can't get it to auto feed w/ the slow speed at all... will try to get pics tomorrow-but i always feel like there is a switch that needs to be set diff...one thing that floored me was when i moved the counter to 0 or something,that then the saw stopped working !!-scared me1even pulled the motor off the feed drive and had it ck'd at a motor shop -both speeds work great! thanks,pat

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    Quote Originally Posted by pat pounden View Post
    so is it a pehaka?--i can push the contactor together and make the fast feed work,but can't get it to auto feed w/ the slow speed at all... will try to get pics tomorrow-but i always feel like there is a switch that needs to be set diff...one thing that floored me was when i moved the counter to 0 or something,that then the saw stopped working !!-scared me1even pulled the motor off the feed drive and had it ck'd at a motor shop -both speeds work great! thanks,pat
    These are Victor brand saws, but there are the same saws out there with several names. All made in the Ding-Dow band saw factory no doubt.
    Only 1 feed speed on these. Ya, post pics of the saw and a control panel close up.

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    One dealer that has one for sale described it as automatic, so much for that. Looking at other photos I have taken, it looks like the motor is missing, so it will sit where it is.

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    Quote Originally Posted by dkmc View Post
    These are Victor brand saws, but there are the same saws out there with several names. All made in the Ding-Dow band saw factory no doubt.
    Only 1 feed speed on these. Ya, post pics of the saw and a control panel close up.

    ok-will apologize in advance for all the twisted pics-have fought this battle before--they are all taken from same perspective!-just luck of draw how they come out-later,will try again ,,,,pat
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    For all intents, that saw is about identical to mine with minor differences. I'm not sure what you mean by 'high and low' feed speeds tho. As I said on mine there is only one speed for the feed rollers/motor.

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    well,my motor has 2 separate wire hookups onit,and i'm sure the feed to stop is supposed to be relatively slow.as i say,it doesn't auto feed ever-but closing a contactor (when i take the panel open and expose the circuitry) i can make those feed rollers turn rapidly,but i'm sure too fast for just bar feed-and can't seem to find a contactor to close to make it go slower than that 'rapid'... btw ,does yours have a cover over the chain and rollers?-mine was missing BOTH the chain and cover of any sort...thanks,pat

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    Quote Originally Posted by pat pounden View Post
    well,my motor has 2 separate wire hookups onit,and i'm sure the feed to stop is supposed to be relatively slow.as i say,it doesn't auto feed ever-but closing a contactor (when i take the panel open and expose the circuitry) i can make those feed rollers turn rapidly,but i'm sure too fast for just bar feed-and can't seem to find a contactor to close to make it go slower than that 'rapid'... btw ,does yours have a cover over the chain and rollers?-mine was missing BOTH the chain and cover of any sort...thanks,pat
    Yes, the chain is covered. You can see the cover in the picture of my saw all cleaned up.
    Ah well, based on your assuming the rollers are turning 'too fast', and you never seeing one of these saws operate, it's 100% speculation on your part. So I'm certain it's just one speed, and the rollers turn same speed as all these models do including mine. Maybe the motor IS 2 speed, sounds like it is if the motor shop did indeed check it. BUT my 2 saws only use 1 speed, and I don't know how 2 speeds could be used without more complicated electricals. These saws are pretty simple and low tech.

    PS Just looked at the tag on my feed motor. 1130 RPM listed. Just one speed.
    So what does the tag say for RPM on your feed motor??
    How many wires come out of your motor?

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    i'll have to see if i can pull the cover off in place,and show the 2 diff connection places-before,i pulled the motor before pulling the wire connections,because at the time i thought the motor was dead,and wanted it all in one piece to take to the motor shop....haven't been using this for several months now...

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    Just post a pic of the motor data plate. You should start a new thread about your saw.

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    Quote Originally Posted by dkmc View Post
    Just post a pic of the motor data plate. You should start a new thread about your saw.
    well,here's pic showing two side by side wiring connections-they each make a diff speed when bench testing..
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    Quote Originally Posted by pat pounden View Post
    well,here's pic showing two side by side wiring connections-they each make a diff speed when bench testing..
    Like I said, if you want help with the problem, post a picture of the motor data plate, and start a separate new thread on your saw.
    Otherwise, if you want to guess about how the saw is supposed to work, have fun.


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