New Tool - Part 2 - The Tax Return

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Blog entry by Kerry Drake posted 04-16-2010 07:07 PM 1201 reads 0 times favorited 9 comments Add to Favorites Watch

At the end of last year I was kind of hoping that our tax return would be enough to let me buy a new big ticket tool for my workshop (I define “big ticket” as over $200.00). I knew I wanted to that tool to be a bandsaw, the question was really WHICH bandsaw to get.

I googled, I did searches on You Tube, I visited manufacturers websites, I posted questions in woodworking forums. I created a comparison chart of 15 different band saws from 10 different manufacturers, comparing resaw capacity, table size, horsepower, price, etc…

Imagine my surprise when after all my research I ended up concluding that the Sears Craftsman 14” bandsaw (for me) was going to be the best bang for the buck.

The bandsaw, in the box, weighs in at 223lbs. Its a good 30 feet, uphill, over soft ground, from where I can park my truck to the front door of my shop… ugh. I did finally get it in the shop, get it up on a table (which was really the hardest part), and then spent about 4 hours over 3 nights putting it together.

Craftsman 14

Detail Label

And because my lovely wife lets me do this crazy woodworking thing that I love so much, I just had to make something for her:

Wood Blank

Heart Cut Out

Hearts x 2

-- Kerry Drake, Loudon NH,

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#1 posted 04-16-2010 10:02 PM

Kind of cool to have a new toy to play with. Are you planing to resaw with it?

-- Swede -- time to make some sawdust

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Kerry Drake

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#2 posted 04-16-2010 10:07 PM

I bought a Wood Slicer 1/2 Inch Resaw Bandsaw Blade from Highland Woodworking So I will probably do some resawing. This saw has an 8” resaw capacity out of the box and that’s probably all you’d want with a 1 horse motor.

-- Kerry Drake, Loudon NH,

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#3 posted 04-16-2010 11:50 PM

yo whats up kerry have you ever done a shop tour?

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#4 posted 04-17-2010 12:23 AM

nice saw

-- Ike, Big Daddies Woodshop,

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#5 posted 04-17-2010 12:35 AM

I really don’t know much about that one, but … it’s a heck of a nice looking saw.

Congrats! Enjoy! Be careful!

-- -- Neil

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#6 posted 04-17-2010 01:55 AM

I assume that this was a little MORE than the $200 you mentioned- Great looking saw, should last a while.

-- RT --- The older I get, the smarter my father gets. I should have paid more attention when I was younger.

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#7 posted 04-17-2010 03:32 AM

Great looking saw, congrats!

I didn’t realize there was a 14”er with an 8” resaw capacity…

When you get the chance to cut some lumber let us know how it’s working with a review.

-- Big John's Woodshed - Farmington, IL

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#8 posted 04-17-2010 04:16 AM

congrats on the new toy

--, Rick Kruse, Grand Rapids, MI

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Kerry Drake

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#9 posted 04-17-2010 01:22 PM

“yo whats up kerry have you ever done a shop tour?

—kosta brownsville brooklyn my home”

I need to do a little work and move my (now mostly superfluous) radial arm saw and rearrange a little bit, then I’ll do a video tour of the shop.

-- Kerry Drake, Loudon NH,

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