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DerekJ

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03-07-2017 08:56 PM

Topic tags/keywords: band saw review band saw question shopfox w1672

I can’t find any reviews on the forums of this particular model. It was manufactured in 2001 (plate on saw has date) and is for sale in my area.

I’m curious what this group would recommend as a fair price? Saw looks clean and well maintained. Current asking price is $500 which I think is too much given it’s already 16 years old, but I’m unsure what a fair price might be.

-- Derek ~ Omaha, NE


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#1 posted 03-07-2017 09:30 PM

I agree that $500 is a bit much, but in some areas a good quality used 14in bandsaw will bring that. Around here $350-400 would probably be fair, if it comes with the original fence included. I know others will think that’s too high, but the very limited supply is driving a sellers’ market. That’s still only about half of what a similar quality new saw would bring. Not sure what the market is like in Omaha.

Are you going to be OK with only 7in of resaw? With a steel frame saw, you can’t add a riser. Also, that saw uses a less common blade length (101in, I believe). That probably means ordering blades, not running to a store to grab one like you could with a 93-1/2in blade for a similar sized cast iron saw.

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DerekJ

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#2 posted 03-07-2017 09:53 PM

Jay thanks for your reply. This will be my first band saw purchase, so your questions/thoughts are very much appreciated.

The main reason I want one is primarily for resaw capability. I prefer to start with rough cut, 4/4 or 5/4, and plane it down to 1/2 or 1/4 – currently losing a lot of material (or I’ll carefully resaw with my table saw). Since I only have a 6” jointer, I can’t do much with wider stock – I’ve gotten pretty good at edge joining for larger surfaces, but the majority of what I do is definitely 7” and smaller.

As far as the blade goes, that’s another great point – and I don’t mind having to order a blade, but I may be able to use that as a negotiating factor in price if I choose to pursue.

-- Derek ~ Omaha, NE

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#3 posted 03-09-2017 02:25 AM

I’d check to see what quality of blades your local outlet carries. The BORG or typical hardware store may not have the best. I am fortunate to have a local saw shop which can make up a blade of any length and specification for me.

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#4 posted 03-09-2017 04:45 PM

Derek – you and I are in the same area as I am also looking at that saw. But I made up my mind about it, as I agree with JayT, $500 is a bit much. For close to the same amount one can get a 14” Grizzly, brand new. And that’s the way I am going.

-roo

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#5 posted 03-09-2017 04:58 PM

Small world, roo! I did reach out to the seller with some questions and have not received a reply yet….

What Grizzly more are you going with?

-- Derek ~ Omaha, NE

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