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Jose

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02-09-2016 08:30 PM

I know this has been asked in this forum a million times over. I’m gonna ask as if it were the first time. I’m planning on buying a 14 inch Craftsman band saw and would like to know you opinions on this saw. I’m not going to use it for big jobs as many of you do. I’m not gonna re-saw or cut logs with it. It’s just for cutting patterns and simple things. I just want honest opinions. It is on my budget and I heard the saw is a clone of the Rikon 14 inch band saw.
Do you guys think this is a good to have saw without having to break the bank? I have a Craftsman drill press and I’m happy with it. I think Craftsman is a good brand, do you?

-- Jose


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conifur

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#1 posted 02-09-2016 09:33 PM

I cant say abut the BS, when you say Craftsman used to be, how far back are you going/thinking. In most opinions they are not any more, but then I guess it is what YOU are comparing it to.

-- Knowledge and experience equals Wisdom, Michael Frankowski

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#2 posted 02-09-2016 09:40 PM

I don’t have any issues with it after a few years now. I think based on your description hard to beat for the price as usually can find it low 330 range. I was looking at Grizzly or Rikon at the time but ultimately decided on Craftsman based on price and that if fit my current needs.

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rhybeka

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#3 posted 02-09-2016 09:40 PM

Hi Jose!

I’m not sure about the new ones. The 14 in Craftsman bandsaw I have now is from the early 80s. It’s decent and cuts what I need it to. I’m still learning how to get it truly aligned and all that though but the cost was right (free from my dad). As long as it will do what you want it to do, and is easily maintained I’d think it’d be an ok deal!

Becky

-- Beka/Becky - aspiring jill of all trades, still learning to not read the directions.

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firefighterontheside

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#4 posted 02-09-2016 09:45 PM

I have the craftsman professional 14” saw. I think mine is maybe 4 years old. It appears to be almost exactly the same as the rikon. I think there are differences in the base and some of the knobs. I have had good luck with it. I have resawed some 7” hackberry with a 1/4” blade and it cut great. I think the limitations of the saw are in the guides and the guide post, but the rikon has the same. For the use you have given, I think it will work for you.

-- Bill M. "People change, walnut doesn't" by Gene.

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Paul

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#5 posted 02-09-2016 09:52 PM

The saw is 99% identical to the rikon. All of the rikon parts bolt on from the fence to the rolling base. The guide bearing and adjustments are horrible but more than functional. I’ve been very happy with mine. Don’t expect to resaw much with it.

I would buy mine again for the work I do with it.

Paul

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MrUnix

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#6 posted 02-09-2016 10:05 PM

Craftsman doesn’t make anything, so you can get cheap imports or nice stuff depending on your price point (eg: my C-man compressor was made in the USA by DeVilbiss). That 14” saw they are selling now is model #124.32607 – and the 124 manufacturer prefix is a fairly new and unknown one, but indicates it’s an overseas import. Rikons are made over there as well, so it’s a very good possibility they are one and the same with just a different paint job.

Cheers,
Brad

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

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Andy Ponder

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#7 posted 02-09-2016 10:30 PM

I’ve had my Craftsman 14” for a little over three years. So far no problems at all. I do some re-sawing and it works fine.

The only thing I’ve done to it is wire a light with a magnet base into the saw’s switch. Light comes on with the saw.

-- AP--I thought growing old would take longer.

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Bill White

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#8 posted 02-09-2016 10:31 PM

Don’t expect any long term parts or service from Sears, and most employees don’t know A from Bull’s Foot about what they’re selling.
Wanna know how I REALLY feel?
Bill

-- bill@magraphics.us

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WhyMe

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#9 posted 02-09-2016 11:16 PM


The saw is 99% identical to the rikon. All of the rikon parts bolt on from the fence to the rolling base. The guide bearing and adjustments are horrible but more than functional. I ve been very happy with mine. Don t expect to resaw much with it.

I would buy mine again for the work I do with it.

Paul

- Paul

I have the newer Craftsman band saw and like said it’s a clone of the low end Rikon less a few bells and whistles so parts for the long term should not be a problem. I don’t agree that the blade guides/bearings are horrible, but I don’t know what guide bearings Paul is comparing them to. Anyway, I think it’s a great saw for the price.

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Jose

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#10 posted 02-10-2016 12:25 AM

Thanks guys for all the replies. Your honesty is duly noted, however, most everything now days is built overseas so for those of us that don’t have large pockets, we have to get what we think is best for the money. I still think Craftsman is a good brand and like any other brands there are the few lemons. Like I said before I have a Craftsman drill press and to this day I’ve been satisfied. Another thing, if you all don’t mind, could you post pictures of your CM band saws.

-- Jose

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MrUnix

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#11 posted 02-10-2016 12:36 AM

Where in Florida are you? There is a pretty good used market down here. No need to buy flimsy imported stuff if you don’t want to (and save some money while you are at it).

Cheers,
Brad

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

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firefighterontheside

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#12 posted 02-10-2016 12:37 AM

This is the only picture I have with me at work.

-- Bill M. "People change, walnut doesn't" by Gene.

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Jose

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#13 posted 02-10-2016 01:13 AM

Thank you Bill. That’s a nice picture. The band saw looks really strong and good for what I need.

-- Jose

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Jose

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#14 posted 02-10-2016 01:14 AM

MrUnix, I’m in the New Port Richey area. What is the name and location of the place you’re talking about?

-- Jose

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Paul

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#15 posted 02-10-2016 01:19 AM

Don’t have any real good shots of mine but here’s one.

Paul

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