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BoomWood

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08-26-2015 07:07 PM

Hi everyone,
I’m new to woodworking and am building up my collection of power tools. The next tool I’m gunning for is a bandsaw. My budget is $100-$150. I know, it’s not enough for a good one but that’s all I’ve got right now. I’m also EXTREMELY limited in space…so a benchtop bandsaw is what I’m looking for.
I have mostly Ryobi tools, and while I wish I could get higher end stuff, it’s just not in the budget right now
SO my question is for my budget, which bandsaw would you recommend? I’ve seen a few under 150 all rated decent. I’m alittle nervous to buy a used one off of CL since I’m not familliar with the bandsaw enough to know if there’s anything wrong with it or what repairs or parts would be needed.
Any suggestions?


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JoshNZ

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#1 posted 08-26-2015 08:48 PM

Even a bottom end table saw is going to blow your budget probably. You might be stuck with something off CL. They are pretty simple machines and there are only a few things you’d want to look out for when picking up a second hand one, which I’m sure people would be happy to enlighten you about here if you went that route.

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#2 posted 08-26-2015 09:26 PM

Just keep your eyes open, checking the papers for tool sales. Older models of band saws can still be had on CL and at the flea markets for close to what you say your budget is. They may need cleaning, but for the difference in price the older machine is worth it. Try not to buy anything that you can’t see running, and mostly with the band saw check if it needs tires on the wheels. Most anything you can purchase new will be a big let down for the 150.00 market.

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MT_Stringer

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#3 posted 08-26-2015 09:53 PM

A good band saw can be a long time investment. I waited until I could afford a better one than the typical bench top models.

Even the 14 inch model can be too small for some projects, and especially so if you decide to do some resawing.

Good luck.
Mike

-- Handcrafted by Mike Henderson - Channelview, Texas

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#4 posted 08-26-2015 11:24 PM

The little three wheel 10” and 12” machines can usually be bought used for $25 to $50 or less.
I have one, a Delta, it was my first. Worked ok for small stuff till the blade got dull.
Aluminum table, plastic parts, not very durable, or useful for that matter, but cheap.

Next I bought a brand new Rikon 10” for $199.
It has way more power, cast iron table, fence, just a nice little saw.
Still, it can’t resaw anything taller than 4”, but I’ll keep the Rikon.
It’s a very handy saw and is well made.

I plan to build a 16” saw using the plans of Matthias Wendell of Woodgears.ca
Unless I run across a good used 16” or 17” saw.

-- Michael: Hillary has a long list of accomplishments, though most DAs would refer to them as felonies.

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Holbs

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#5 posted 08-27-2015 12:44 AM

your best friend will be youtube and videos. research band saw tune ups to give you an idea of what parts are important.
if your wallet is tight, also research local in person auctions. you would be pleasantly surprised at the $$$ things go for

-- Yes, my profile picture is of a Carpenter Bee! The name is derived from the Ancient Greek "wood-cutter"

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ste6168

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#6 posted 08-27-2015 12:48 AM


The little three wheel 10” and 12” machines can usually be bought used for $25 to $50 or less.
I have one, a Delta, it was my first. Worked ok for small stuff till the blade got dull.
Aluminum table, plastic parts, not very durable, or useful for that matter, but cheap.

Next I bought a brand new Rikon 10” for $199.
It has way more power, cast iron table, fence, just a nice little saw.
Still, it can t resaw anything taller than 4”, but I ll keep the Rikon.
It s a very handy saw and is well made.

I plan to build a 16” saw using the plans of Matthias Wendell of Woodgears.ca
Unless I run across a good used 16” or 17” saw.

- crank49

I have the craftsman version of that saw, and I agree, for the size, it is a great little bandsaw! Put a good blade on it and it can do anything within its limits. IMO, it is the best benchtop bandsaw out there.

FWIW. The Craftsman and the Rikon are the same saw, different colors.

Craftsman: http://www.craftsman.com/craftsman-1-3-hp-3.5-amp-10inch-band-saw/p-00921400000P
Rikon: http://www.woodcraft.com/Product/150503/10-Bench-Top-Bandsaw.aspx?gclid=CK7E-_6FyMcCFZKRHwodlzQAIw

One more thing, I picked mine up via CL used (barely) for $75.

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rwe2156

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#7 posted 08-27-2015 02:11 PM

You can find them last year I picked up a 12” Jet $150.
Its tempting, but stay away from Harbor Freight.

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

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sawdust703

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#8 posted 08-28-2015 12:50 AM

I would agree with rwe. Stay away from harbor freight saws for the simple reason you may, or may not get thru your project, & they are junk! Look on CL, or your local for sale paper. You can find several good buys. I just found a 12” Craftsman band saw myself. The fella bought it brand new several years ago, & never even put it all together. The power cord wasn’t even unwrapped. After finding all the pieces for it, the saw table doesn’t have a scratch in it, still original paint. The farmer just gave it to me to get it out of his way. Its going to take new tires, but so far, the rest is ok. Look around. You’ll be surprised.

-- Sawdust703

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BoomWood

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#9 posted 08-28-2015 01:06 AM

Thank you all for the suggestions. I will keep my eyes peeled for used band saws. Just really hoping to find it at the right price and small enough to fit in my shop/laundry room/Storage.

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BoomWood

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#10 posted 08-28-2015 01:33 PM

I found a craftsman 12” bandsaw for 100. Supposedly in good condition. Good deal?

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ChefHDAN

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#11 posted 08-28-2015 02:26 PM

Boom, what’s the model number? the older ones should run $50 to $75.
You’ve got to start somewhere and you haven’t described the scope of your intended work, and it may be that a BT BS will be great for your needs for awhile. If the CS seller is a WW’er that is moving up to a bigger saw, you could be getting a good deal. If it’s a saw that used to belong to G’pa and we’ve finally decided to try and get rid of it then it could be a problem.
Check Youtube for some BS tune up videos and you can gather the basic information you’ll need to evaluate the saw

Oh, and Welcome to LJ

-- I've decided 1 mistake is really 2 opportunities to learn.. learn how to fix it... and learn how to not repeat it

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BoomWood

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#12 posted 08-28-2015 03:56 PM

Here’s the link http://chicago.craigslist.org/nwc/tls/5191654849.html
There’s a bunch of craftsman same or similar models. No one will go below 100.

Uses for now are some resawing 2-4 inch stock. Some shaping and trimming.

And thanks im glad to be here! You all have been very helpful

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RogerM

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#13 posted 08-28-2015 05:04 PM

If you really want to get serious about woodworking, save your money and buy the higher end tools. Fewer high end tools make for a much better experience than a lot of junk. High end tools will generally last longer, are much more accurate and safer.

-- Roger M, Aiken, SC

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ste6168

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#14 posted 08-28-2015 06:33 PM

Boom,

If you are looking for a small saw, do yourself a favor and buy this:

http://southbend.craigslist.org/tls/5187068644.html

Also buy a good blade, you will not be disappointed.

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MikeUT

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#15 posted 08-28-2015 07:03 PM


I have mostly Ryobi tools, and while I wish I could get higher end stuff, it s just not in the budget right now

I don’t have anything against Ryobi, but I do have something against their 9” bandsaw (the one that is $129) I was in your position about a year ago and wasn’t patient enough to find something on CL so I bought this saw. It is VERY under-powered. I’m saving my pennies and waiting patiently until I can find a good deal on a 14” model.

Good luck!

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