So one of the big items on my OMG DO WANT list for a while has been a 14” bandsaw (I currently have a 10” Ace benchtop that I got free and that has been a pretty solid performer, but really I need something beefier and bigger.) Considering my budget and the fact there really are other things I do need more, I put it on the back burner for the near future.
THEN I see the latest HF add, their 14” is on sale for $299, plus one of my stack of 20% coupons would bring it down to $239…which is doable….ooooooo…..
Then figure in the upgrades everyone seems to recomend for it…Timberwolf blade, urethane tires, brush, link belt, cool blocks, that’ll bring the total to just shy of $400, which is still less than the grizzly I was contemplating (figured at the original price of $350 be better to hold out for the grizzly but now…) (I’m not worrying about the riser since i dont do any big resawing as of yet)
I figure a simple mobile base (I forget if it comes with casters or not) should be easy enough to kitbash together, and then the only issue is a fence (that was a big plus for the grizzly also) but I found some plans in Wood Magazine 149 for a really nice do-it-all auxiliary table and fence, so I’d rather go that route then spend $100 or so for an aftermarket fence.
So we’ll see if I can squeeze that into my budget, and this might end up being the first addition to Jei’s Workshop v2.0 :D
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