LumberJocks

Looking for band saw..

  • Advertise with us

« back to Power Tools, Hardware and Accessories forum

Forum topic by Etkini posted 08-17-2015 10:59 PM 499 views 0 times favorited 5 replies Add to Favorites Watch
View Etkini's profile

Etkini

3 posts in 473 days


08-17-2015 10:59 PM

Topic tags/keywords: question bandsaw

I’ve been browsing these forums for quite some time and used information I’ve gathered to start building my workshop since purchasing a house two months ago. I had access to a really nice wood shop when I was younger, then fell out of it for a while until purchasing this house and remembering how much cheaper it is to build instead of buy.

With that said, I’m looking for a band saw to add to my collection. My budget is about $600. I don’t really see re-sawing as something I would do a lot of, but things change and I’ve never complained about having too much power. I was looking at the Grizzly G0555LANV because of it’s good reviews and it being only $545 delivered, but then decided to check Cragislist, which brings me to the point of my post:

Does anyone have any info on the Grizzly G4186z? It was manufactured in 2000, is about two hours away from my house, and the guy only wants $250 which seems like a screaming deal for a 18” band saw. It looks like it’s in good shape, and comes with extra blades. I can not find any info online about it minus the spec sheet on Grizzly’s website. One thing that I did see that somewhat turns me off is it has steel block guides. I’ve always used and had saws with bearing guides, as I’ve always been under the impression metal-on-metal contract isn’t the best in moving parts, but it wouldn’t be the first time I’ve been wrong.

Thanks for any help in advance.


5 replies so far

View MrUnix's profile

MrUnix

4203 posts in 1659 days


#1 posted 08-17-2015 11:06 PM

One thing that I did see that somewhat turns me off is it has steel block guides. I ve always used and had saws with bearing guides, as I ve always been under the impression metal-on-metal contract isn t the best in moving parts, but it wouldn t be the first time I ve been wrong.

I prefer original HSS blocks instead of bearings or other alternatives. Metal on metal contact is not an issue, nor is the ‘heat’ myth. Take a look at this guide comparison by Jim Mattson over at the Woodworkers Gazette, where he uses and abuses the various aftermarket guides as well as the stock HSS ones:

http://www.woodworking.org/WC/GArchive99/2_24matband.html

Note his conclusion (over on page two of that article): ”If there are any advantages to the bearings, I couldn’t see them unless the bearings are quieter. I really didn’t notice.

Cheers,
Brad

-- Brad in FL - To be old and wise, you must first be young and stupid

View rwe2156's profile

rwe2156

2187 posts in 940 days


#2 posted 08-18-2015 02:31 PM

Brad can comment, but FWIW the older model 14” Deltas or Rockwells are pretty much a bomb proof saw, aren’t they?

Unless you’re set on a new one might be worth looking for. Just a thought.

-- Everything is a prototype thats why its one of a kind!!

View Etkini's profile

Etkini

3 posts in 473 days


#3 posted 08-18-2015 02:58 PM



Brad can comment, but FWIW the older model 14” Deltas or Rockwells are pretty much a bomb proof saw, aren t they?

Unless you re set on a new one might be worth looking for. Just a thought.

- rwe2156

Used in my area is fairly hard to come by. Used, for a good price for a saw that’s actually worth it is next to impossible. Right now my local (within 45 minutes) used market consists of a Grizzly G0514 for about $100 more than the price of a new one when you could get them. Between an 1 hour and 1.5 hours out, there’s a ton of older Craftsman 12” saws for between $100-350.

I’ve been looking at every used place I can think of, even going as low as the Facebook garage sale sites, and can’t come up with much except that G4186z but can’t find any info on it, and my mind is telling me if the offer seems too good to be true it is. And $250 for an 18” band saw just seems way too good, and without anyone having any experience with them I can’t justify driving two hours to go look at it.

View FancyShoes's profile

FancyShoes

506 posts in 824 days


#4 posted 08-18-2015 03:00 PM

Where are you located? Many people here will have or know of good deals.

View Etkini's profile

Etkini

3 posts in 473 days


#5 posted 08-18-2015 03:02 PM



Where are you located? Many people here will have or know of good deals.

- FancyShoes

Lake George area, NY. It probably would have helped it I had posted that in the first place.

Have your say...

You must be signed in to reply.

DISCLAIMER: Any posts on LJ are posted by individuals acting in their own right and do not necessarily reflect the views of LJ. LJ will not be held liable for the actions of any user.

Latest Projects | Latest Blog Entries | Latest Forum Topics

HomeRefurbers.com