Johnson Bandsaw

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Johnson Bandsaw
Owner/Loaner PS:One
Serial Number J14445
Make/Model Johnson Model J (JD)
Arrival Date 1/13/14
Usability yes
Contact Dean Anderson
Authorization Needed yes
Hackable no
Estimated Value 700
Host Area Coldmetals

Johnson Bandsaw Area: Coldmetals


  • One phase of the starter is working intermittently. We cleaned the contacts of the starter, but this didn't fix the problem. If the motor is making noise and not turning, turn the starter on the back of the saw 'off' and then 'on. If the problem persists, leave the saw off. We should replace the starter.
  • The large groove (fastest speed) of the motor shaft step pulley is bent. The motor vibrates excessively when the belt is in this groove. Use the other grooves (slower speeds) until the pulley is replaced.

This tool requires certification for use.

Johnson products are now supported by Dake. Replacement parts for this saw are generally available.


Capacity 10" rounds, 18" flats
Blade Size 137" x 3/4"
Blade Speed 35, 90, 130, 190 FPM
Power 240V, 3 phase
Weight 683 pounds
Mfg. Date 1964


General rule of thumb is that if the thinnest part (in the direction of the blade) that you're cutting isn't at least 3 saw teeth thick, it will damage the blade.


Grease pivot bar

Add coolant pan and pump.

Add blade brush.

Put FPM from the machine's sticky note on here.


Description Frequency Lubricant Instructions History
Hydraulic cylinder Maintain level at top of oil cup.
Gear Box yearly 80W-90 gear oil Drain and fill with 3 ounces of oil.

Requires removing gearbox. See below.

2/14 8 oz 85W90
Pivot bar monthly General purpose grease 2 Zert fittings. Use grease gun.

Gearbox oil change. Loosen 2 screws on the left edge of right top cover. Remove top 2 screws on the right side. Loosen bottom 2 screws on the right side cover. Slide top cover towards the center of the saw. Pivot the right cover down. Remove drive belt. Remove gearbox step pulley. Remove 3 bolts holding the gearbox. These are near the ring gear teeth. Remove the gearbox out the top of the saw between the two transverse brackets (long shaft comes out last). Drain/fill bolt is on the side opposite the pinion gear. Consider replacing the gaskets on the gearbox.

Auth/Use Notes

These notes are for authorized users and authorizers; you must be authorized on the tool by a person, not this list. Don't expect this list to be complete or authoritative.

  • Horizontal band saws cut via a vertically descending blades.
  • The cutting tooth speed is set by a pulley in the rear.
    • Lift up on the motor to get some slack on the belt.
    • Don't cross wheels; keep the pulley belt straight.
    • Go toward larger motor wheels for soft metals and plastic and smaller motor wheels for tough metals like steel (and tool steel.)
  • The cutting tooth feed is set by a needle valve and a weight on top.
    • Be gentle with the needle valve; a single finger with light pressure is enough to adjust it.
  • Power
    • The plug is a twist-lock 220V three-phase plug.
    • The starter is located on the back. If you turn on the machine and it makes a buzzing noise, turn it off immediately and turn off/on the starter.
    • During use, the on/off switch at the end of the machine is used for power. The trip lever also activates this same switch.
    • Turn off switches and unplug the machine when you're done to prevent accidental activation.
    • Never walk away from the machine while it's running. We are not a production shop; babysit the machine in case it fails and avoid putting curious people in danger.
  • Clamping a workpiece
    • Short pieces cock the vice jaws. This ruins the grip on the workpiece and is to be avoided.
    • Use a similarly wide piece on the other side of the vice jaw to prevent the jaw from cocking.
    • Check the width of your workpiece against the teeth.
      • The thinnest section of the workpiece should be wider than three teeth in a row.
      • The thickest section of the workpiece should be narrow than twenty-four teeth.
    • If you're cutting angle stock, rotate it so that it forms a < shape to prevent it from rotating.
    • If you're cutting round, use angle blocks (in the tooling cabinet) to keep it from rotating.
    • Check that the movable blade guide is as close as possible while clearing the vice and the table.
  • Safety
    • Unplug the machine before adjusting the pulley or changing the blade.
    • Never leave the machine while running. We aren't a production shop; you need to be right by the machine in case something goes wrong or if a curious person walks by.
  • Clean up when you're done. Don't leave stock in the machine; don't leave chips and coolant behind. Use a small bucket to catch chips before they hit the ground.


Manual for the latest version of the Model J (very similar).

Good link for restoration, including coolant pan dimensions and bearing sizes.

List of Currently Authorized Users

Qualified Member Trained By
Dean Anderson
Todd Allen Ed Bennet
David Morton Anna Yu
George Shaw Thomas Wright
bandit Gangwere Ed Bennet
Michael Skilton Tucker
Eric Stein Tucker
Kyle Bieneman Todd Allen
Scott Little Todd Allen
RJ Metzger Todd Allen
Giovanni Arroyo Todd Allen
Mark C. Todd Allen
Joao Santos Todd Allen
Nicholas Haldereman Todd Allen
Doorman Dave Todd Allen
Stephen Ioannou Todd Allen
Lucas Goossen Todd Allen
Roger Moore Todd Allen
Matt Wilkens Todd Allen
Rhonda Jackson Todd Allen
Matt Meshulam Todd Allen
Kevin Pulver Todd Allen
Andrew Camardella Todd Allen
Mike Coriale Todd Allen
John Farmer Todd Allen
Jay Pee Todd Allen
Sam Paris Todd Allen
Jake Rush Todd Allen
Carolyn Ignacio Todd Allen
Andrew Sowa Todd Allen
Hilary Lee Todd Allen
Eric Slehofer Todd Allen
Sam Reicks Todd Allen
Tyler Matthew Todd Allen
Ben Bogler Todd Allen
Brittany Krawczyk Todd Allen
Cary Lahucik Todd Allen
Eric Yu Todd Allen
Davis Mazariegos Todd Allen
Dan Baltudis Todd Allen
Ryan Taylor Everett Wilson
Andy Richardson Everett Wilson
David Srebro Todd Allen
Shae Kurko Todd Allen
Simon Cygielski Todd Allen
Jeff Lawson Ron Olson
James Villalpando Ron Olson 5/19/15
Greg "Nerobro" Teiber Everett Wilson
Pericles Tsellos Todd Allen 14JUN2015
Hunter Koerner Todd Allen 6/14/15
Eric Reusche Todd Allen
Raj Perera Todd Allen 6/14/15
Erik Wessing Todd Allen
Ryan Neuman Ron Olson
Kevin Sampson Todd Allen 7/22/15
Jim Baker Todd Allen
Tom Boeman Todd Allen 8/30/15
Jonathan Levine Todd Allen 9/23/15
Alejandro Drexler Todd Allen 9/23/15
Sheila Miguez Everett Wilson 10/14/2015
Niko Hawley Todd Allen
Will Alt Todd Allen 10/28/15
Peter Letscher Todd Allen 10/28/15
Aaron Carlock Todd Allen 11/18/15
Jennie Plasterer Todd Allen 11/18/15
Kurt Ziegel Todd Allen 11/18/15