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Dustin

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11-07-2016 03:21 PM

Topic tags/keywords: question bandsaw

Hey, folks, coming to you today with a tool question, hoping someone can shed some light.

A local seller has a Craftsman radial arm saw (113.119250) and a 12” 1HP band saw (no serial available from post) available and is asking $150 for each. I know the radial arm has an active recall for some safety feature (which from what I can tell I can still get the part for), and I have neither of these tools currently. I’m planning on doing some built-in bookshelves, and figured that doing the cross cuts on a radial arm would be a lot easier.

Anybody have any experience with these tools? Any recommendation on whether this is more trouble than it’s worth?

Here is the link for the post:

http://louisville.craigslist.org/tls/5851869834.html

Thanks,
Dustin

Edit: Moot point, both are gone. Ah well, I’ll keep my eyes open.

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#1 posted 11-07-2016 05:01 PM

NO

Waaaay over priced, low quality machines..

If you have a tablesaw, a xcut sled will work better.

If you want to buy a bandsaw, nothing is more frustrating than a cheap one. (How do I know that?....).

I’ve owned both those machines. Junk.

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#2 posted 11-07-2016 05:22 PM

My opinion, RUN as fast as you can away from them. Save for a decent piece of machinery.

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#3 posted 11-07-2016 06:35 PM

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#4 posted 11-07-2016 06:53 PM

Glad the bullet was dodged. The RAS is worth, at most, $100 – as that is what Emerson will pay you for it as part of their recall campaign. In reality, somewhere around the $50 range is more reasonable. The tilt head C-man saw is a hit or miss proposition, and uses some lesser quality parts that have some real problems, as Matthias over at woodgears.ca found out the hard way:
Craftsman bandsaw repair fail

Here is a preview :)

Keep looking… there is a lot of good stuff out there and you just need to be patient.

Cheers,
Brad

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#5 posted 11-07-2016 08:05 PM

Do I need to say it? NO! Everyone above has covered the points.

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#6 posted 11-07-2016 08:07 PM

Don’t buy anything less than a 14” bandsaw.

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#7 posted 11-07-2016 08:16 PM

NO THAT Band saw is a piece of trash …...and radial arm saws went out in the 80s

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#8 posted 11-07-2016 08:30 PM

Everyone has covered your questions. The answer is no. I just wanted to comment on GR8HUNTER’s

......and radial arm saws went out in the 80s

Part of the reason radial arm saws went out of popularity is because you can do a lot of very unsafe things with them… but that is true with any wood working tool. The other part is that Craftsman flooded the market with sub-standard saws. They saw linked above is one of them. They are frustrating to use and come out of alignment pretty easily… and then they got recalled. So now everyone thinks that radial arm saws are dead. I completely disagree.

Find yourself a good RAS, like an older DeWalt, or Delta Rockwell, or even one of the older Craftsman saws and it will stay true forever. They can sometimes be a tad finicky to set up and true, but once done they are a dream to use. I’ve had two DeWalt GPs. One of them cost me $45. The other cost me $150. They were both well worth it, even if I had to replace a couple of parts on one of them. They are fantastic for crosscutting, dados, etc. I used to have an 8ft bench set up with my sliding miter saw permanently mounted to it for cross cutting. I’ve since dismantled that bench to make room for other tools. Now, my miter saw only gets used if I need a portable cross-cutting saw for something away from the shop. Otherwise, the RAS has entirely replaced it in my shop.

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#9 posted 11-08-2016 01:51 PM

All of the above. I guess you found out what you needed to know… right? :)

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#10 posted 11-08-2016 02:55 PM

Thanks, folks, for all the responses!

Yeah, definitely dodged a bullet with these, but this isn’t the first time you all have saved me!

I ALWAYS look for reviews before any tool purchase, but when I can’t find them, I come here to draw upon the collective experience. A great resource, to say the least!

Thanks again!

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#11 posted 11-08-2016 03:03 PM

I ALWAYS look for reviews before any tool purchase, but when I can’t find them, I come here to draw upon the collective experience.

Then I believe you will find it very, very hard to find any great deals – you can’t waste time looking for reviews and asking opinions. You need to know what you want and be ready to jump when it shows up. Otherwise, you will be fighting OWWM rule #5 constantly.

Cheers,
Brad

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#12 posted 11-08-2016 10:00 PM

Here the link MrUnix posted in a nutshell …
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#13 posted 11-09-2016 01:04 PM

I would not take that stuff if the seller paid me.

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