I got some money that I am willing to trade for a 14" bandsaw

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Forum topic by RoBanJo posted 08-05-2010 09:49 PM 1004 views 0 times favorited 2 replies Add to Favorites Watch
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08-05-2010 09:49 PM

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So Folks, I have money to spend and am looking for a band-saw. It will see medium to light usage with only the possibility of doing re-saw as a future prospect. I am probably going to buy either the Home Depot Rigid or the Lowe’s Porter Cable. But the local specialty wood shop has the Jet 14” for $599 and the Fox 14” for $549. Pretty, but is it really worth a few hundred extra smackers to go with them? I have “some money” so price is a factor in the decision. Am I likely to see much difference between the Porter Cable and the Rigid? What say you?

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#1 posted 08-05-2010 11:07 PM

I can’t speak for the Porter Cable saw but the Ridgid gets many more negative reviews than positive ones. Probably the worst tool in the Ridgid line. One saw that is in your price neighborhood that does consistently received positive ink is the Grizzly G0555 or the G0555P. Same exact saw but different colors.

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#2 posted 08-05-2010 11:20 PM

There is a lot of discussion about bandsaws here, use the ‘Search’ tool in the upper left corner to see some of the previous discussions on bandsaws.

You may also want to consider other brands that may have cost more new but now are being sold as used, the local newspapers/websites may have a great saw that you’ll be able to grow into instead of a price machine which you may quickly grow out of.

I bought my Craftsman TS when I had ‘some money’ and a project to do (house rennovations). I still have the saw but am now looking for a quality machine that will help me develop my skill instead of slow down my learning.

The old adage is ‘buy the best tools you can afford’...this doesn’t necessarily mean buy a new saw but may mean you look around for a quality used saw.

I wish you success on the hunt!

-- "Checking for square? What madness is this! The cabinet is square because I will it to be so!" Jeremy Greiner LJ Topic#20953 2011 Feb 2

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