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Take a chance and prepare to do some work

Take a chance and prepare to do some work

08-27-2012 03:33 PM by PurpLev | 24 comments »

Other than wood, I’ve been cutting other materials with a hacksaw for quite some time. Never minded the labor, but it just takes a long time to cut a 2” round steel bar :/ so I’ve always kept my eye open for a small bandsaw deal. After missing out on a few on CL, and noticing HF opened a store not far, with a grand opening, and tax free weekend I figured It’s probably as good as it gets for a new saw so I went and got one. It seems several mfg are selling what seems...

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I love mine!!!

I love mine!!!

08-22-2012 06:58 PM by Howarddavidp | 14 comments »

I got mine at Lowes for $399. The review is mostly accurate, but I do not agree with only giving this saw 3 stars. It took about 2 hrs. to assemble, and it was mostly putting the base together. I found it easier to put the base on the saw while it was all lying to the ground, then standing the entire unit upright once it was all assembled. It cuts great, the stock blade is something like a 10 TPI 1/2” general use blade. I have since purchased the Carter 3 TPI hook for cutting big...

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Here I go again-with Grizzly

Here I go again-with Grizzly

07-14-2012 11:37 AM by Tennessee | 9 comments »

Finally pulling the trigger on a new, 17” bandsaw for my larger jewelry box line shaped like the instruments I build, I had to wait a few weeks for my saw. Finally arriving at my day job for unloading, crate and all were carefully inserted onto skids into my Chevy Suburban by 6 guys so I could take it home. Friday the 13th of July I carefully slid it out with the help of my John Deere and some oak ramps, and carefully soon had it upright, unpacked, and finally in position in my shop. N...

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Craftsman 1/3 hp 3.5 amp 10" Band Saw (21400)

Craftsman 1/3 hp 3.5 amp 10" Band Saw (21400)

06-27-2012 11:43 AM by ShipWreck | 17 comments »

A friend of mine has the previous version of this machine with the 3’ depth instead of the 4 5/8” depth of this 21400 model. I have used his doing some curvy cuts on smaller projects and it performed very well. The wife had mentioned getting another bandsaw for the shop but I kept shrugging it off until I had the funds for a 17” later this year. When I saw this one go on sale at Sears I decided to take the plunge. This is the very same saw as the Rikon 10-305 but sells fo...

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Bargain Tool Review - Skil 9" 2.5-Amp Band Saw (3385-012)

Bargain Tool Review - Skil 9" 2.5-Amp Band Saw (3385-012)

06-21-2012 08:16 PM by SchottFamily | 7 comments »

I finally got a chance last night to use the bench-top band saw that I picked up a few months ago. My local Lowes sells it for for about $120 plus tax, but I grabbed it on sale, refurbished, at CPO for $69 back in January or February.I had been looking at the PC 14? floor saw, but at $400+, but I had a tough time justifying it at this point. I’m really on a Porter-Cable kick lately. I’m so happy with both the PC joiner and planer that I got last year. Anyhow, back to this band saw review...

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Decent Bandsaw for the Price...With Some Modifications

Decent Bandsaw for the Price...With Some Modifications

06-18-2012 03:56 AM by lab7654 | 13 comments »

Let me just start off by saying that this is my first review here on LumberJocks, as well as my first experience with owning a bandsaw. I have to admit, the only other experience i have with bandsaws is operating the industrial-sized Powermatics at my highschool, so my expectations may be high from that, or low from lack of personal experience. I bought this about a year ago because it was relatively well built compared to the other 9-10” bandsaws on the market. When it first arrived...

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RYOBI BS903

RYOBI BS903

05-22-2012 08:14 PM by eddy | 17 comments »

got this saw about a week ago looked at all the 9 and 10 inch saws out there in the 100 dollr range this had the least amount of plastic on it. got it for my daughter so she could cut her pen blanks to size without having to wait to use mine. did all the regular start up stuff sett blade tracking,adjust table to square,adjust blade tension, and adjust guides. started it up and it started to walk across the table vibrating so bad was hard to push the off button.took the blde off ck wheels top ...

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rikon 10-325 upgrade

rikon 10-325 upgrade

05-21-2012 08:46 PM by eddy | 13 comments »

i have been using a craftsman 20401 14 inch bandsaw for almost 4 years now. not a bad saw at all but not ment to be used to resaw almost every day. needless to say it was showing some wear. started looking at all the saws that were 14 inches both the jett and powermatic only had 15 inch tables too small for me. so that left the ricon only thing i did not like was the guide bearings they are the same as what was on the craftsman. started looking around and found the carter brg,s replaced the b...

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Good bandsaw but pricey

Good bandsaw but pricey

04-17-2012 06:27 AM by Manitario | 9 comments »

I’ve had this bandsaw for about 8 months now, so I thought that it was about time to review it. I started looking at bandsaws about a year ago, mainly because I wanted something that I could cut curves with. I didn’t really think much about re-sawing during the decision process, thought it might be something I would do someday, but the real reason for buying a bandsaw would be to cut curves easily. I have several other General International tools, mostly because they are the mai...

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Grizzly G0555

Grizzly G0555

04-09-2012 01:31 PM by Newman | 20 comments »

I bought this saw about 2 weeks ago, since then have used it quite a bit to aid in installing a hardwood floor as well as some other side projects. When researching bandsaws, one thing I noticed was that most of the reviews I’d been reading were 3-4 years old or older. B/c of this I figured I’d add mine here for a more current review. Perspective: I’m a “home hobbyist” meaning I do this stuff for fun in my spare time. Treat this review as such To start, I&...

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