After driving myself really crazy this year I finally broke down and purchased a Band Saw.
I had been looking at everything from a Rigid 14 to Laguna 14LTE to a Grizzly 17. However all through the process I kept wondering what would I do with the thing. 99.999% of the projects I’ve done are using table saw, drill press, planer, jointer. And on rare instance a jig saw.
What gives me angst goes back a few years ago when I started building a corner of my barn into a workshop. I got a few starting woodworking books and these all had lists of common stationary tools to equip your shop. Most all of the tools over the years have been well utilized with one exception: my lath. Its a monster I got from Sears.
When first purchased I did two test cuts and since then its just gathered dust. A very expensive lesson ”get the tools for the project your doing, not because you think you might have a need”
Since then I’ve strictly followed that insight. However, as I approach a new project—which looks like a band saw is required—I then got to the next step. What band saw. Being that I’m not a production house I can’t justify $1k or more in my mind for such tools. I kept looking for how to break below the $1k barrier to something reasonable. This past week someone—I don’t remember who, but thank you—on Lumberjocks posted a coupon for a Craftsman 14” which dropped the sale price below $400 including tax.
While not the top of line or even middle of line, I figure this is a good starter bandsaw. If as I suspect I only have low use after this coming project all is well as I’ve spent more on battery powered tools, nothing that breaks the bank. If it turns out like my contractor saw I’ll have years of moderate use or more, I’ll develop some skill using it, possibly enhancing it like my contractor saw or decide to sell it and buy a current version of an upgraded model.
Now the only thing to consider is which fence to buy for it ;-)
-- bkseitz, Washington "if everything is going well, you've obviously overlooked something"