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Blog entry by SSMDad posted 06-25-2011 04:43 AM 3663 reads 0 times favorited 3 comments Add to Favorites Watch

After getting over my “must have every tool craze” (and I was lucky in that I could return all the stuff I didn’t need), 2 days ago I got a little RIKON lathe from Woodcraft that seems really nice (though I’m waiting on the chisels to come in) and today after first talking to the guy on Wednesday, I was able to get a perfectly working and little used Craftsman 12” Bandsaw for $75. It’s exactly what I needed to finish things and now I can use it to rough shape turning pieces and do all the other cutting I needed that I had been doing with a little coping saw. I’m sure not sad to say I won’t have crampy hands as much. haha

Just wanted to share…Very happy with the purchase and it even included the bandsaw stand. I was amazed at the price.

BTW: I’ve seen a lot of posts from people knocking Craftsman equipment but my father and grandfather have Craftsman tools that are easily 40-50 years old and still run like new. (of course they take care of their equipment) I’m not a fan of the new Craftsman power tools but at one time that really were excellent.

-- Chris ~~Who controls the past controls the future. Who controls the present controls the past."



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Beginningwoodworker

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#1 posted 06-25-2011 04:28 PM

Sounds like a good find, pictures would be great.

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#2 posted 06-25-2011 05:49 PM

No pictures, didn’t happen!

I also like the older Craftsman tools. In fact, I like older tools from every manufacturer. Even Delta and Ridgid are succumbing to the “race to the bottom”. My tablesaw is a craftsman 10” born in ~1965, My jointer is a Delta born in 1952, my drill press is a Westcraft born in 1957 and I am currently negotiating for a bandsaw born in 1951.

-- "Find out what you cannot do and then go do it!"

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#3 posted 06-25-2011 06:11 PM

Grats on the tools.

I’m with you on the Craftsman stuff. The problem is that the label Craftsman gets stuck on whatever tool that Sears wants to associate with it. In recent decades, they’ve largely done a poor job of keeping up with any standard they once set by their older, domestically-built, reliable tools. Then again, this is true of most anything now-a-days in this “oursourced” world.

There is still the occasional gem…I love my Craftsman Pro 20v LiIon combo tools, that have been going strong for 5 years now. I know their 14” bandsaw (similar to the Rikon) is a quality tool, as well as there hybrid/cabinet saw(s). But most of Craftsman’s glory days are behind them…and with Craigslist it’s worth looking for older tools that really show off the quality of what was once a really solid, reliable brand name.

-- jay, www.allaboutastro.com

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