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Forum topic by jesinfla posted 04-21-2016 06:07 PM 433 views 0 times favorited 6 replies Add to Favorites Watch
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jesinfla

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04-21-2016 06:07 PM

I think I’m in the market for an inexpensive band saw – table top I think is best for my little shop.

I’ve been checking CL, but honestly, not being mechanically inclined I tend to stay away from used machinery of any kind – new works for me best.

I think I saw one at Sears that was reasonably priced (http://www.sears.com/craftsman-2.5-amp-9inch-band-saw/p-00903299000P?prdNo=3&blockNo=3&blockType=G3)

I know nothing about band saws so lessons and suggestions are greatly appreciated.

The reason I want one is I’m starting to get into cuts that I can’t do on either my table or miter saw – cut outs for example and I don’t really use a jig saw very well at all.

Thanks in advance as always.

Thoughts?

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mako1

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#1 posted 04-21-2016 06:30 PM

I would stay away from Sears. That saw with a 2.5A motor at even it’s 9” size is pretty low power.
You need to look at the work you will be doing with it.You said cutouts?How thick of material? The 9” denotes the throat to the blade so a 9” saw will cut roughly to the center of an 18” workpiece.
For that money I would stick it out and get a used saw.A lot more value for your money and they are not very hard to tune up and have few moving parts.The main concern on a used saw is the wheels running true which is easy to check.

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#2 posted 04-21-2016 06:41 PM

That 9” band saw is not much saw for the money.
They make a 10”, also sold by Rikon that is much more useful, has a cast iron table and includes a fence. The Rikon version is often sold for $199, so a little more money, but a real saw.

But, back to your requirement for cutouts. That sounds like a job for a scroll saw to me, not a band saw.

This is the Craftsman; It’s listed at $189.

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#3 posted 04-21-2016 06:48 PM

I second the 10” Craftsman. It is much more saw than the 9” for a little more money. I have one and really like it. It has been better than expected, and has handled everything I’ve thrown at it, from simple curves, to bandsaw boxes, to some light resawing.

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#4 posted 04-21-2016 06:53 PM

I too have the 10” craftsman and it has performed nicely. It’s the same as the Rikon. The 70 1/2” blades are not available locally, at least for me, so that may be something to consider.

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jesinfla

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#5 posted 04-21-2016 06:53 PM

Thanks all – yah, I read some reviews and figured I need to go up a little in price – probably closer to the $200 mark and the 10”.

-- They said I could be anything... So I became Sarcastic! They also said making drawers is easy... I think they lied :(

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#6 posted 04-21-2016 07:30 PM

I use TimberWolf blades and have been very happy with them. I tried the blade that came with it for a few cuts and realized it was junk, as everyone else said it would be. It’s like a whole different saw with the TimberWolf blades.

-- Joe | Spartanburg, SC | "To give anything less than your best is to sacrafice the gift." - Steve Prefontaine

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