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03-20-2017 06:28 AM

Topic tags/keywords: bandsaw

I was intending on saving up to buy a bandsaw – but I see that even used, they tend to go for about $3-400. I would like one to be able to resaw and that is my primary justification for buying it, though I have seen lots of nice things done on a bandsaw.

I found a Summit T119134 Bandsaw being offered for $100. I saw this thread (http://lumberjocks.com/topics/28712) from 2011. I emailed the seller and asked about whether the belt was OK, and whether the unit had any vibration, and he replied with pictures of the belt (looks ok, not cracked/warped/etc.) and other things. Overall it didn’t look like something I’d run away from, except that it’s missing tires – and some of the comments in that thread.

Of course I could just ask to see it in person, but it’s a 40 mile drive, and I’m not even sure what to look at.

The ad also says that it needs new tires and some adjusting.

On the opposite end of the spectrum, someone else is selling a Grizzly G1073 16” Bandsaw for $400 with a fence, blades, and a base. The ironic thing is that because of how old the power is in the house we’re in, I’m not even sure I’ll be able to turn it on! (16A @120v).

Will I be cursing the Summit one? is it a worthwhile investment? would I end up spending close to that amount after buying the blades, tires, and all other sorts of random equipment? Should I just buy a new one for these kinds of prices?

EDIT: Looking at the pictures, it’s not a G1073, it’s a G1538 – that model seems to be less known.

-- John 14:6


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