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11-19-2009 02:39 AM

Topic tags/keywords: bandsaw

I am wondering what do you guys think of the Model# 22401 Craftsman Professional 14’’ Band Saw? I am looking at saving up for a 14’’ band saw, and I am wondering is the Craftsman a good choice?


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#1 posted 11-19-2009 02:45 AM

Looks like a good ‘un!!

-- Matt Garcia Wannabe Period Furniture Maker, Houston TX

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#2 posted 11-19-2009 02:47 AM

It’s a well regarded choice at the right price, but it doesn’t accept a riser block so you’re stuck with the 8” resaw capacity. At regular retail, there are others worthy of serious consideration too….Grizzly and Rikon come to mind.

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#3 posted 11-19-2009 02:49 AM

Rikon and General has caught my eye to.

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#4 posted 11-19-2009 03:01 AM

i would go with the new jet as a matter of fact im gonna get that one the only thing i dont like is the color and make i wish it was a delta to match my saw but what can u do the jet has the 12” resaw cap. and enough hp to do it thats what u have to look for in a bandsaw hp and the resaw cap. but the craftsman is a nice little saw too

-- Ike, Big Daddies Woodshop, http://www.icombadaniels@yahoo.com

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#5 posted 11-19-2009 03:02 AM

my next band saw is going to have the maximum resaw capacity in my price range…

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#6 posted 11-19-2009 03:09 AM

I have that band saw. Overall I’m pretty happy with it, I don’t really care for the Crafstman blades for it, and will probably get a Wood Slicer blade at some point. I like the feel of the saw, the stock fence, the light is useful. To me it’s as nice as anything else in that price range, but it doesn’t have a lot of resaw capacity height wise, you can only resaw about 8”. It’s fine for what I’d call “normal” band saw cutting, but if you want to resaw a bunch of logs you might want to look at something else.

-- You know.... I think that old wood needs to be furniture.

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#7 posted 11-19-2009 03:38 AM

Charles, have you searched for reviews on the item? Below is a link to several reviews from people who bought the saw. Personally, given some of the reviews I read, I would not purchase this saw, but that’s me. Woodcraft currently has the Rikon 14” saw on sale for $699. So for $170 more you would be getting a far better saw (again, in my opinion). Bottom line is to read lots of reviews and make a well-informed decision. You said you are saving up for this so it sounds like you have the time to research. Posting this question here was a smart start! Good luck buddy.

“Bandsaw” http://www.sears.com/shc/s/p_10153_12605_00922401000P#reviewsWrap

-- On the eighth day God was back in His woodworking shop! Lenny, East Providence, RI

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#8 posted 11-19-2009 03:42 AM

I am not a big craftsman fan. I would save a bit more and move up to one of the better 14” saws.

Oh and I would keep my eyes open on craigslist if it is active in your area.

-- We must guard our enthusiasm as we would our life - James Krenov

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#9 posted 11-19-2009 05:03 AM

I have that model Charles and it works fine for me.

-- Eric, central Florida / Utor praemia operibus duris

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#10 posted 11-19-2009 05:04 AM

I think there are better choices like grizzlt or Rikon

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#11 posted 11-19-2009 06:00 AM

I have one. I believe it is made by Rikon. I have had mine for about 3 years. It is a 14 inch and I wish I had waited and purchased a 17 inch Grizzly. The size of the throat limits some cuts. Now I am faced with upgrading in the future. I believe it is always best to but the best tool you can find, even if it means waiting a while. All these saws are within a few hundred dollars of each other until you get above the 18 inch range. The Craftsman is a good saw and has worked well for me. I have had some trouble with the bearings used as blade guides and Sears can not seem to identify the replacement parts I need. It is a pain. I have been looking to replace those bearings for 2 years now. I was use to a 20 inch saw and now the 14 inch seems small. The real advantage for guys living where we do is saving shipping cost. This point was a factor in my purchase decision. Good luck Roz

-- Terry Roswell, L.A. (Lower Alabama) "Life is what happens to you when you are making other plans."

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#12 posted 11-19-2009 08:10 AM

I have the 12” craftsman band saw. It’s a real nice band saw for cutting shapes and contours. I have only used it to resaw 4×4 cedar and it did a good job. If you are interested in mostly cutting shapes and contours I think the saw is great, will last, and service you well. If you are more interested in doing veneers and resawing hard wood, then I think you need to look at the more high end laguna’s, power matics, or something of that nature. No matter what your needs are, you’ll be a happier camper with a band saw, it is an essential!!!

-- Bob Kenosha Wi.

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#13 posted 11-19-2009 08:12 AM

Extra-Craftsman band saws are not made by Rikon, they are a higher end beaste.

-- Bob Kenosha Wi.

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#14 posted 11-19-2009 10:00 AM

Check out the RIDGID. I have one I retrofitted with the Carter upper and lower blade roller bearings, tires when they were needed and a Cobra spring. It does have a 6” riser available (I have it) and I added a crank for blade tensioning in a hurry. A good fence is available or you can step up to a KREG setup. It’s a good saw with an easy to use lifetime warranty (at Home Depot anywhere) if you ever need it. Works like a saw costing double or more.

-- jack -- ...measure once, curse twice!

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#15 posted 11-19-2009 11:33 AM

I would comment but the bandsaws you all are talking about are not available here in the land down under..
I will say to you Charles Jackson the III … buy the best you can… horsepower.. rise… throat…table.. and make sure it is a name brand with good warranty…

-- Don't drink and use power tools @ lasercreationsbylarry.com.au

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