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02-25-2017 02:08 PM

Looking for a good quality bandsaw for 500 or less. What’s my options?


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#1 posted 02-25-2017 02:23 PM

This is a good option for a low cost 14” bandsaw. It is essentially the same saw as the old rikon 10-321. I have it and it works well for me.
http://www.sears.com/craftsman-14-inch-band-saw/p-00932607000P?sid=IDx01192011x000001&gclid=COGvoNm4q9ICFd24wAod4IYIwQ&gclsrc=aw.ds

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#2 posted 02-25-2017 02:41 PM

For that price you are in the range for getting a quality used unit. Many lightly used saws are typically sold for 50% of their new price.

Read up on what features you would like (going to resaw? just “utility” use?...) and read reviews in the “review” forum here to understand where some models rise above or fall below other similarly priced saws. Knowledge is power!
The competition among under $1000 (new) 14” saws is fierce and you can get tools with features and capabilities found only on more expensive saws a few years ago.

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#3 posted 02-25-2017 02:44 PM

After 60 years of woodworking, I am a big fan of USED light industrial equipment. With some looking, you can get a great major name brand deal. Contact sellers of industrial woodworking equipment to see if they have taken anything in trade. Also get on the mailing lists of used equipment auctions. Every so often school systems will be auctioning off equipment of their shops. Check eBay.

As long as everything is there and not broken or abused, a used machine has very little to wear out except a bearing, and bearings are easily found at a bearing supplier and are relatively easy to install. Personally, I have never had to replace a bearing, even on my WW-2 vintage machines. I just clean them up and re-paint them and they look like they rolled out of the factory yesterday!

Light industrial type machines are heavily made and hold up. Most are cast iron and are heavy. Al most impossible to truly wear out.

Planeman

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#4 posted 02-26-2017 02:52 PM

Rikon 10-326 is on sale at Woodcraft for $850. All new saw last yr with great reviews. I’m getting that after weeks of research.

-- Bill eastern Washington Home of beloved ZAGS

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#5 posted 02-27-2017 04:52 PM

I got the g0555p delivered to my door for $499. So far it’s served me well. I would like something better but am very happy for the price. Sign up for their emails for a break in shipping. Not sure what it’s selling for now.

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#6 posted 02-27-2017 05:54 PM

Whee did you get the g0555p from?

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#7 posted 02-27-2017 06:00 PM

Grizzly.

I got the G0555LX recently which isn’t much more and it’s definitely worth the money.

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#8 posted 02-27-2017 06:17 PM

Grizzly makes good equipment. Check them out. Www.grizzly.com

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#9 posted 02-27-2017 06:27 PM

G0555p is from grizzly. One of only a few new machines I’ve bought. I went through a craigslist bandsaw that just never would get right and said screw it. Bandsaw is an important tool in my shop so I didn’t want to fuss. Didn’t want to spend too much either. I don’t know if I bought it on sale or not so check prices but it’s a good saw. I put a riser block on it since purchase and am happy with my total cost.

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#10 posted 02-27-2017 06:59 PM

I saw the xl is the same price as the g0555 right now. 575 plus shipping.

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#11 posted 02-28-2017 12:31 AM

I decided on the Grizzly p0555xl and added the block extension plus a cart. It’s a little more than I wanted to spend, but I think this saw should last me a lifetime. I liked the cast wheels and better fence than the p0555 and it was on sale for the same price. Thanks for all the advice.

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#12 posted 02-28-2017 01:40 AM

Have the exact same setup. Just a couple weeks old. very happy so far. I have an older delta just for curves. Fence, quick release, and riser priced me into a new one.

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#13 posted 02-28-2017 02:03 AM

Fridge, are you selling your little ryobi? I have the same one and I finally fixed up an ancient cast iron 10” saw so it has to go. I need to sell it but have no idea to ask.

Medic, I’ll agree with what’s been stated previously, you can get a really nice used saw for under (maybe way under) $500 if you’re patient. If you’re in a hurry and close to a Grizzly outlet you can score a good deal when they have their big sales.

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#14 posted 02-28-2017 02:26 AM

The used market around here isn’t great. Mostly just older craftsman saws. I tried to buy a 14” jet with a Kreg fence lightly used, it sold for 450 within hours of being posted. Then a g0555p with a riser block for 500.00, it sold the second day it was listed. Both saws were about a 2 hour drive one way for me. I have been looking for about 3 months and those were the only 2 decent saws that came up for sale.

I broke down today and just ordered the g0555lx with some extras. I am a hobbiest so it will never really see hard use. I figured with the cast iron wheels and other upgrades it will last me a lifetime. Plus it gets great reviews.

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#15 posted 02-28-2017 02:36 AM

Good for you. I would have Dont the same. I only got the g0555p because of price. The XL does have nicer wheels. I’m still not upset with my rig. I like it just fine because t does the job for me.

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