Davis and Wells Bandsaw

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Blog entry by RBWoodworker posted 09-16-2009 01:24 AM 5132 reads 0 times favorited 3 comments Add to Favorites Watch

I saw a listing for a Davis and Wells 20” Bandsaw on Craigslist for $1,000..I don’t know how to upload pictures here, but I wanted to see if anyone knew if this is a good deal or is it too old to be worth 1,000 bucks. I know Davis and Wells are no longer in business and parts would be hard to find, but I have also heard that they are built solid. This machine has a little rust on the table and could use a good cleaning, but otherwise looks ok..the owner said it works great and is balanced .I do have an old Davis and Wells horizontal boring machine which I absolutely love..Any advise??

-- Randall Child

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#1 posted 09-16-2009 01:34 AM

Hey Randy
Good to here from you. If it’s in good condition it seems fair. For the price of some new band saws I think I would think about a grizzly even though you won”t get the 20” for that same price.

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#2 posted 09-16-2009 05:13 AM

for a davis and wells? unless there is a crack in the casting, it’s probably worth restoring.
most old iron is worth it’s weight, and they were a reputable company. I used a restored one yesterday at Inside Passage school, and it is probably nicest bandsaw i will ever use.

good luck

-- Junior -Quality is never an accident-it is the reward for the effort involved.

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#3 posted 04-10-2012 03:11 PM

I purchased a Davis Wells 20” bandsaw on Craig’s list for $800. After basic cleaning I then replaced the guides with Carter guides, put new Varithane tires, which as it turned-out needed to be glued in place, and finally added a laguna driftmaster fence system. The end price is about $1200. I now have an ugly but great resaw tool at less than half the price of a new saw.

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