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07-06-2015 05:32 AM

Are there any? I’ve never had a bandsaw before and am looking at the possibility of getting one. I don’t have the space for a 14” model (probably not even a 12”) as i’m already crammed into my corner of the basement. I’ve got my huge walker turner drill press and my new (to me) Grizzly G1022 table saw taking up a lot of floor space and can’t afford another space sucker.

Are there 10” options that I could get away with or should I just stick with the hand held jig saw at that point? I see some older Craftsman (113.244512) 10” (direct drive) models going for pretty cheap. Something like that could be stored under my bench with my mitre saw and belt sander.

Thoughts?

-J


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#1 posted 07-06-2015 06:12 AM

I have a Rikon 305, it is 10” not a bad little saw but you should really have a 14” as a minimum. I also have a General 17” which does 95% of the cutting. I had a older Delta 14” which could be put on a bench to save space.

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#2 posted 07-06-2015 11:41 AM

Depends on what you want to do with it. I had a little Black & Decker that looked identical to that and I did quite a bit of simple work with it like cutting curves on adirondack chair parts, making simple shelf brackets with a bit of shape, etc. Yes, you can do that sort of thing with a jig saw, but a bandsaw is easier.

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#3 posted 07-06-2015 12:55 PM

As I said before, a 14” isn’t an option as space is limited. My “shop” is about 50 square ft. I’ve already got a huge contractor saw, 2 workbenches, 2 craftsman tool boxes and a bench drill press down there. The drill press is on a rolling cart and the table saw will soon be on a wheeled base. Being in the basement, I can’t even roll them outside to work. So ALL space is limited – even if i’m rolling them around. Wouldn’t the advantage of a 14” bandsaw be negated if it was against the wall on my bench anyway?

So, yeah, I’d mostly be cutting small things on it like dhazelton said. Just curious if i was wasting my time at that point and would do better with a jigsaw. I’ve got storage for power tools UNDER my bench (in a cabinet), so the stubby 10” models would store nicely.

-J

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#4 posted 07-06-2015 12:59 PM

Wow – just looked up that Rikon 305 and it looks to be a similar size to the larger bandsaws. Definitely wouldn’t be able to fit that in the cabinet. Now I understand why you’re suggesting 14” or not at all. For that size, I may as well just go 14”. Maybe i’m just reading pictures wrong, but the Craftsman I saw looks to be less that 24” high. . .

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#5 posted 07-06-2015 01:43 PM

I have the Craftsman 10” and I’m very happy with it. It’s more capable than I expected, actually. I’ve resawn some 3 1/2” oak without any problems. I think the blade makes a huge difference. The stock blad blows. I got a couple blades from TimberWolf and LOVE them.

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#6 posted 07-06-2015 01:53 PM

Two months ago, I bought a used Craftsman 12” tilt band saw. I haven’t had a chance to use the tilt function yet, but I do a fair amount of cutting out patterns. However, mostly I use my circle cutting jig that I built last month.

I also removed the stand it came on, and set it into a wide floor cabinet, and mounted wheels under it, due to my lack of space. It sits up a little bit high, but I like it that way.

When I need to use the bandsaw, I just pull it out from the wall, and put it in the center of the open space where I work ripping sheets on the tablesaw. I then hook up the electricity, and the shop vac, and I am ready to rock. When I’m through, I just push it back in place with the rest of the floor cabinets. It fits right in neatly .

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#7 posted 07-06-2015 02:19 PM

The Rikon 10” and Sears 10” are the same saw and 34” high; I have the Sears. I use garage but have bad space issues so I have to be very creative and it came down to building custom ‘cabinets’ I suppose they are, built around the tools. I built them 7’ tall within an inch of the garage door opening. My table saw is mounted on a tall wheeled base and stowed under one cabinet/shelf. But the base of my table saw is built so that when stowed, it straddles my planer that is also on a (low) wheeled base so I use it standing. 34” might be a little high to straddle but maybe? What about straddling the drill press instead with either bandsaw or table saw? My bandsaw is on wheels mounted very low, the base is like less than 1 inch off the ground and it rolls under neighboring cabinet. That cabinet originally had a shelf in it, but I cut a slot in the shelf all the way to the back to fit the neck of the bandsaw. when I upgrade to a 14” within a year, I will put that the same place but tear off the cabinet top and make it higher so it will fit.

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#8 posted 07-07-2015 06:00 PM

I’m VERY surprised to hear you describe the Rikon/Craftsman 10” as “large”! It’s a very small saw. I have the Rikon, a 14” Rigid and an 18” Grizzly. The Rikon is my go to for small jobs. It’s a bit noisy, but it’s a a decent enough, inexpensive saw.

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#9 posted 07-07-2015 06:14 PM

It’s all relative. I was looking for something that I could keep on a shelf under my workbench or in a cabinet. The craftsman I mentioned in my first post looks SHORT enough to do that. The Rikon didn’t look that short. I suppose since i’ve never seen either one in person, I can’t really make judgement. I can’t keep a saw that’s 34” high in a cabinet, though.

The craftsman in my first post didn’t LOOK nearly that tall – I just can’t find specs on how tall it is:

If that’s over 2’ tall, then i should probably just rule out a bandsaw as there’s just no storage room.

Thanks, guys!
-J

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#10 posted 07-07-2015 06:33 PM

I sometimes have a hard time sympathizing with fellow woodworkers on tool space problems. Workshop size is also relative. While I know mine is far from the largest, I’m blessed with having a 22×22 ft barn with 8+ ft ceilings. I guess it’s easy to become a space snob, sliding in that 8” jointer alongside the 15” planer.

I guess it depends on what you’re planning to use it for, of course, but I’d think that a saw this small would be used mostly for cutting out shapes, opposed to resawing.

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#11 posted 07-07-2015 07:03 PM

Definitely not resawing! Yeah, i’ve got to find creative ways to manipulate space and decide which tools are actually important to have. Those I can store out of the way (on a shelf, etc) are easier to justify than things that take up floor or bench space – even if that floor space is against a wall or behind something!

Thanks for the recommendations!
-J


opposed to resawing.

- toddbeaulieu


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#12 posted 07-07-2015 07:10 PM

Anyone have an opinion on the Skil 3386? It seems just as tall as the Rikon but it’s a heck of a lot lighter. I could store this on a shelf on the wall with little trouble. It’s got a max cutting size of an inch less than the Rikon, but it’s half the price and half the WEIGHT.

-James

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#13 posted 07-07-2015 07:32 PM


I have the Craftsman 10” and I m very happy with it. It s more capable than I expected, actually. I ve resawn some 3 1/2” oak without any problems. I think the blade makes a huge difference. The stock blad blows. I got a couple blades from TimberWolf and LOVE them.

- SuperCubber

Have the same saw and I am very happy with it as well. I, also, have Timberwolf blades on mine and the saw has been great. Even better that I picked mine up barely used for $75! Obviously this is not a saw that you would want to use to resaw, but for small-ish stuff, it has been great. For what its worth, the 10” Craftsman (model 21400) is the same saw as the 10” Rikon (model 10-305), besides the blade/wheel covers.

*edit – Just read through some other posts and saw that the same saw facts has already been brought to your attention. Disregard.

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#14 posted 07-07-2015 07:35 PM

For what its worth, the 10” Craftsman (model 21400) is the same saw as the 10” Rikon (model 10-305), besides the blade/wheel covers.

- ste6168

Was also reading that the craftsman seems to run quieter/smoother and looks to have pressed on weights on the wheels (suggesting they balanced the wheels before shipping it out). I’ve never looked at either in person, and I only read that in one review. (that I found while looking for reviews on the Skil i mentioned above)

-J

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#15 posted 07-07-2015 10:47 PM

Mingus,

The pic changes things. I’ve never seen that saw before and now I do see you clearly said “older” Craftsman in your original post. No idea how tall that saw is. Other than leveraging vertical space, another thought: will The Rikon 305 fit on its side under your bench?

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