|Item Weight||15 pounds|
|Product Dimensions||22.8 x 12.7 x 12.7 inches|
|California residents||Click here for Proposition 65 warning|
|Item model number||1791217|
|Item Package Quantity||1|
Powermatic 1791217 Riser Block for 1791216K Bandsaw
|Price:||$108.00 & FREE Shipping. Details|
|You Save:||$19.00 (15%)|
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I was able to install the system myself, but be careful, the top of the saw is bulky enough to damage you and itself if dropped.
The main guide rod has a V notch ground into it to accept the locking knob feature. The problem I had was that the V notch was not ground in line with the axis of the rod, it was out by about 0.050", enough out that the upper guide bearing would rotate left and right as the assembly was adjusted up and down. Basically every guide height change required a bearing to blade clearance adjustment. I took mine to a local machine shop and had them grind it true to the axis of the rod. Now it works perfectly. I could have sent it back but didn't want to chance ending up with another one that was problematic, besides I figured the machine shop would grind it in much better than the factory. Anyhow, this is the only reason I gave it four stars, the riser block kit is well worth the $$ if you need to resaw anything over the 6" capacity of the saw itself. Just remember to purchase a couple of 105" blades when you get the riser.
The primary concern for most, and for myself at first, was the issue of coplanar wheels. I went through two blocks and both did not keep the wheels aligned coplanar wise. The offset is about 3/8 inch.
I called Powermatic/WMH three times. Call number one suggested cutting 1 of the pins off. Which didn't solve it so I cut both as did other users. This left me with a riser block that was offset from the upper assembly by 3/8 inch. Not terribly attractive. It also removes pins, though the bolt should have kept the assemblys from moving, I did not feel comfortable with that.
Exchanged for block number 2. (Confession, I did not get this from amazon or I'd be spending a lot of time waiting. I got it from WoodCraft). With block number 2 and call number 2 to powermatic, I get the reccommendation to drill new holes in the bottom arm of the upper assembly of the saw. I got off the phone, looked at the assembly and with my limited brain cells couldn't see myself being very accurate in drilling into a piece of iron that would be hard to secure.
Call number 3 to powermatic suggested that I drill in the bottom of the riser block instead and also offerred some insights into the construction of the bandsaw. It is not designed to be coplanar. Also, the bottom wheel is not parrallel. It is tilted for better tracking. Secondly, he said that coplanar is not really that important.Read more ›
These are the answers to the questions I had before ordering:
First and foremost, the riser block fit was perfect. It went on with a couple of mallet hits - no grinding of pins or removal needed. Wheels remained in total alignment and coplanar.
Second, the picture shown here is wrong, the item is Powermatic "gold" not Jet white.
And even though it does not state so, this kit also include a new 105" blade.
Over all, a smooth upgrade to a very nice saw.
My advice is to order the Riser Kit from a place that sells through them quickly - like Amazon. Or from a vendor who drop ships directly from the vendor - like Amazon. See the the theme, I believe if you get the kit from Amazon you shouldn't have a problem.
Most Recent Customer Reviews
The installation of this was uneventful. The directions were clear and gave appropriate warnings about the removal of the blade guide support [to avoid the complication related to... Read morePublished 5 months ago by Dejure
I bought this for my delta 28-243. As I expected the pins didn't line up so with some careful marking I was able to drill holes in both the bottom of the riser block and the... Read morePublished 6 months ago by Tim Heller
Like others have said it doesn't line up properly right out of the box.I spent hours trying to get this right and it still is slightly off. Read morePublished 15 months ago by J
Ordered this riser block kit for my old 14" delta saw. You may ask why, but delta kit is about 50 bucks more. Read morePublished 19 months ago by M.Twain
Had to do a little bit of modifying because one of the pins didn't line up, but it works great!Published on January 3, 2014 by Josef K
Everything as described and fits well. Well packed in shipping box. Bolts on with no problems. Used on Ridgid 14" bandsaw insted of Powermatic.Published on December 29, 2011 by Steven Mawson
Decided to try the kit to raise my Jet 14" bandsaw. It worked perfectly. Kit is complete with all components including blade,blade guard, longer guide rod, and block. Read morePublished on May 6, 2011 by jungle shopper
The product was exactly as advertised. Was easy and intuitive for 2 people to install,has greatly ilncreased the utility of my saw, and the price was right.Published on March 22, 2011 by IMKSWDST
I purchased this Block with the saw; followed the strait forward installation instructions (the only tricky part is to slip the new extension bolt through the saw... Read morePublished on December 28, 2010 by Armand A. Desjardins