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Posted on Are Masterforce Band tools sold at Menards good tools for a home shop?

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Tedster

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#1 posted 600 days ago

Just my thoughts without doing any research, I would expect the craftsman to have better quality bearings and probably a little more precise alignment. The Craftsman is the same as the Rikon the others have mentioned. I don’t think the Masterforce is, since I see it doesn’t have the alignment adjusting knobs that you see on the Craftsman.

That said, I would not expect either of these saws to be much in the way of resawing or other heavier duty applications. The Masterforce claims 4-1/8 resaw capacity and the Craftsman shows 4-5/8 max. cut depth, but the motors are not sufficient to handle such cuts and I doubt the alignment could be made precise enough.

I would tend to go with the Craftsman for basic hobbyist applications. But then, I don’t mind building a basic wooden stand to attach it to. If you really want the metal stand that comes with the Masterforce, I don’t think it would perform much less than the Craftsman. Woodjunkie seems to have had pretty good luck with their tools, so I wouldn’t put them completely out of the quesiton.

Again, I haven’t researched either of the saws. This is just my off-the-cuff opinion.

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