|Review by mustang958||posted 09-25-2011 07:52 PM||9498 views||2 times favorited||13 comments|
Hello fellow lumber jocks! Scored a Craftsman 12” bandsaw and mobile base this weekend off of CL. $50 for the saw and $10 for the base plus the owner still had the original manual. When I went to check it out it had been sitting in a basement unused for at least a year. It had the usual crud buildup on the table from sitting there but I could see that there were only a few spots of rust on the table itself. Plugged it in and it fired right up and made a nice straight cut with no blade waver. Everything was tight and looked in good shape. There’s some rust here and there but other than that it was in good condition and could see it was taken care of. Also it had a fence and small miter gauge. Spent Saturday morning getting it home as I had to get the base off to get it out of the basement. I ended up having to cut some of the bolts off to remove the base so I decided to replace all of the bolts with hex heads to make it easier to remove the base in the future if necessary. Spent Sunday morning cleaning it up and getting it back together. Really happy with this purchase and looking forward to using it on some upcoming projects. From everything I could find it seems like a decent piece of equipment that’s popular. For what I need it for it will serve me just fine. I had at one time a bench top Delta bandsaw that just absolutely sucked. Could never get it aligned and properly tensioned. I always had to be careful when cutting due to both the blade moving or the chance of it popping off of the wheels. Wanted something bigger but I just didn’t want to spend the money on a 14” saw, I couldn’t see the need. Thought about another bench top model and started reading reviews on Friday. Just about every answer said buy used so I thought what the heck let me check CL. Must have been my lucky day. Not only was this saw still available but the owner lived in town a few miles away. Now it’s in my shop. I think the only thing I may have to do other than buying a particular blade here or there is replace the tires and get some new blade guides. Since these parts are all still available from the Sears parts site it should be no problem to change these out and maybe have some spares on hand. So another nice addition for my shop. Will be posting some pictures of the shop in the future as I’m finally getting it straightened up and set up.
Thanks for looking,