|Review by Hawgnutz||posted 02-29-2008 09:17 AM||3910 views||0 times favorited||6 comments|
This bandsaw looked really good on paper with bearing guides, 7” resaw capability, and “adjustable” fence. Well, after all that hype dissapeared, it turned out to be only a so-so machine! I am dissapointed and wished i had saved my money and bought a Jet, Rikkon, or even a Grizzly!
Within 4 months of very sporadic use, one of the bearings siezed on me. (Thank God I bought the extended warranty!) The service tech ordered set for me, but it still has a funny sound when I turn it on. The assembly directions are unclear and do not include directions to install the stop bolt on the bottom of teh table. I had to figure that one out by myself. The table does not travel smoothly on its base, either, so making angled cuts are problematic, at best. I just keep the table level. It is sufficient for simple bandsaw boxes and patterns I make.
I like to make boxes, so its 7” resaw seemed like a good feature, but with a jointer that handles 6 1/8” at max, this does not seem to matter that much. (Once again I was trapped by the advertising hype!) I bought this on sale after Thanksgiving for $230.00, and that was a good price, but it is a strange model between a benchtop bandsaw and the 14” stand models. As such, you cannot find upgrades, such as a Kreg fence, a quick-release tensioner, or replacement guides.
Al-in-all, this will serve its job as an entry-level bandsaw for me, but I will sell it and buy a Rikon or Jet once I can afford to. If you buy this or any other Craftsman power tools, buy the extended warranty! Their quality is not the same as the Craftsman tools I or my father grew up with!
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