After waiting 3 weeks my band saw finally came in. I have been wanting to get a new band saw to replace my 25 y/o Rockwell 14. This has been a really good machine for a long time but it is worn out and I keep having to buy parts and up grades. It was time to spend some money. After doing several days homework I had boiled it down to Rikon, Steel City and Jet. The Jet seemed to be the Cadillac of the group but then it was also the most expensive.
Then in researching I saw that Home Depot could order any of them and either ship it to my home or the store. About that time Woodcraft put the 10” Rikon on sale, about $50 discount. I called our local store only to learn that they had none in stock and had none on order….bummer!
Then I started looking at what I could do with HD. They always give me a 10% discount for my military service. I could order the Jet 10” online (free shipping to store or home). Their price was $395 and Woodcraft was $375. HD has a policy of meeting and exceeding a competitor’s price by 10%. So meeting the price at $375 and then the 10% less took the machine to $337.50. Then my Military disc. was another 10% taking the BS to $309.75. Now there is also another 10% if the saw would be paid for with a HD gift card. Now the machine is at $278.78. Also the difference in sales tax amounts to another $8.80 to $270.00. What a deal.
Now the sales clerk brought out the machine and put the figures into the computer and found that purchases online can only qualify for one discount, either the 10% price match or the Military. Well, the cashier said the computer would not let it go through so she called the AM to get some help.
The AM is nice lady I have made several things for and written the company how good she is. That kind of stuff is appreciated and in turn has gotten me a friend who does little things for me. She tried and still the computer would not register the extra 10%. So she says “do you have any other shopping to do?”. I told her I can always find something to buy. She said pick up about $35 of stuff and she could write it off on the store. So we did and she did and everybody is happy. The store has once again come through for me. Now tomorrow I will build the stand and assemble the saw. I’ll have a new, accurate saw for small projects requiring a 1/8” to 1/4” blade and my old saw become my resaw with a 5/8” or 3/’4” blade. This is really gonna be nice to be able to do so much more in my shop.
What a deal and nothing that anyone else couldn’t do. So guys, figure out what you need and get it through HD ” The Big Boy’s Toy Store. Everyone else is working different deals. I haven’t paid full price in any restaurant for a long time. They all have a senior’s disc, or coupons or veterans’s disc. We use the all and found some of the places will give you 2 of the discounts on the same meal. Maybe there is something good about being old after-all.
-- I am going to go stand outside so if anyone asks about me, tell them I'M OUTSTANDING!