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04-14-2016 12:00 PM

Hi all I have made up my mind , going to buy me a new bandsaw, I am thinking a 14” Powermatic with a riser in it so I can re saw taller boards
I do have a Woodcraft store about 100 miles from me but they push Ricon and do not have the Powermatic in stock.
Thinking of buying on line any horror stories about purchasing from on line dealers? CPO Amazon ect ect
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#1 posted 04-14-2016 01:13 PM

This is a hard one.

I ordered a Jet band saw. It was not damaged from a quick check over. But after I unboxed it and had it ready to use I noticed a weld had broken on the sheet metal spine of the frame. Was the saw dropped or hit by fork truck?

I have a Rockler and Woodcraft near me. The last tool I ordered just last month I ordered it at the store and picked it up at the store, inspected best I could before loading it on my truck.

If the truck comes to your shop and the crate looks damaged, be ready

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#2 posted 04-14-2016 02:40 PM

If you buy on line you can usually save the tax. It’s usually shipped free to you also. Saves you having to load and transport it. I bought my tablesaw on line. Go to these guys and you’ll get free lift gate service too. I bought my saw from them. They kept me informed constantly about the shipment.

-- Chuck, Michigan,

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#3 posted 04-14-2016 03:04 PM


I have ordered just about every tool and accessory in the workshop from internet vendors. I have thus far experienced no problems. I have ordered large stationary tools from CPO, Grizzly, Clearvue, M&M Tool Parts, and Woodmaster; my most recent experience being with CPO a couple of weeks ago. These tools consistently arrived within a couple of weeks from placing the order. I like to use a credit card when making these purchases. I figure the credit card company may offer an additional avenue to pursue should an internet order go bad. I also like to order the large tools by telephone and have the invoice emailed. Talking to a person when a lot of money is involved can result in additional information not disclosed when place an on-line order and for me.

I have concluded shipping damage of some kind almost always is the norm with these large and heavy tools, but, in my case, this damage has always been limited to the shipping container and not the tool or any accessories within the container. Manufacturers seem to build shipping containers and pack the large tools in anticipation of rough handling. I note the any shipping damage on the bill of lading and have the delivery guy sign my notation before accepting delivery. Taking a few photos of any damage is probably a good idea. I carefully disassemble the shipping container, anticipating that there could be some damage to the tool. If there is, I figure I can reassembly the container and call the vendor for a pick up and replacement tool. Fortunately, I have never had to go down this road; I image it would be a bumpy ride. I have resolved that should a tool arrive in a severely damaged container and it likely that damage occurred to the tool, I would refuse delivery.

I have only one “bad” experience, if you can call it that, with mail/internet ordering. It was with Home Depot and I ordered a random orbital sander; a quantity of 1. It arrived shortly after I placed the order in a surprisingly large box. I opened the box and found 6 sanders. I checked the order to ensure I did not order a case. I concluded that the warehouse worker must have been new or mad and sent a case of sanders. Anyway, I contacted Home Depot and they sent UPS by the house to pick up the extra sanders. It really was not a problem for me and not difficult to fix.

I have had no experience with warranty claims on internet orders.

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#4 posted 04-14-2016 03:16 PM

I have bought every machine I own online with the exception of an 18” Rikon BS from a WC sale, but I had to pick it up the beast I would rather have paid freight. I wouldn’t be afraid of Rikon. My Rikon BS has been a great performer for me and has plenty of power.

Are you settled on PM or have you looked at other brands? No doubt that PM for $1300+ is a great machine with a beefy motor but you can get a 17” or 18” 2HP Rikon of Grizzly for the same (or less) money.

If you want a really good resaw machine, cast iron wheels and a 2-3HP motor is the best.

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

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#5 posted 04-14-2016 03:25 PM

I highly recommend you do some due diligence if you haven t already. There is nothing special about PM compared to other brands, and sometimes the machines are practically identical. Depending on the machine – with PM sometimes you re basically paying extra for the name.

For example, compare a Grizzly, Jet and PM planer. You ll see some striking similarities because they re all made in the same foundry in Taiwan. You ll get lots of opinions from the guys. Take them FWIW I know one guy categorically says Grizzly is junk which is totally untrue I can tell you that as an owner of 3 Grizzly machines.

I would suggest get cast iron wheels if you can. It may mean going to a bigger unit, but if you go with Grizzly, for example, a 16” saw won t be much more, if anything maybe less than the saw you re looking at.

- rwe2156

Yup. Everybody has their bias toward one company or another. ;) Sounds like he has a lot of experience with a number of manufacturers. I have a little of everything. I think my next purchase will be a Grizzly belt/disc sander, cabinet model.

-- Chuck, Michigan,

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