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04-04-2017 12:19 AM

I am looking for a new band saw, I saw one at lowes, a porter cable bench top, and also harbor freight has one. how are they. I am replaceing and old Craftsman three wheel 10’‘saw, the motor is 1/5 horse thanks


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#1 posted 04-04-2017 12:37 AM

Budget?

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#2 posted 04-04-2017 12:44 AM

yea

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#3 posted 04-04-2017 01:45 AM

How about a quantitative version of the budget…

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#4 posted 04-04-2017 01:48 AM

I have the Porter Cable BS from Lowe’s – runs like a singer sewing machine. Have had it for three years, and have had not one iota of problems with it.

-- When I was a kid I wanted to be older . . . . . this CRAP is not what I expected ! RIP 09/08/2018

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#5 posted 04-04-2017 01:50 AM



I have the Porter Cable BS from Lowe s – runs like a singer sewing machine. Have had it for three years, and have had not one iota of problems with it.

- Jimbo4


Now that you have the sewing machine when ya gonna get a bandsaw?

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#6 posted 04-04-2017 02:16 AM

ok thanks

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#7 posted 04-04-2017 03:36 AM

You’re welcome

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#8 posted 04-04-2017 04:16 PM

I was thinking of converting the singer to a band saw. ;o))

-- When I was a kid I wanted to be older . . . . . this CRAP is not what I expected ! RIP 09/08/2018

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#9 posted 04-04-2017 11:25 PM

I was in this position just recently, stuck between the Porter Cable and the Harbor Freight. The Porter Cable has a 1-1/2hp moto, the Harbor Freight I believe only has 3/4hp. I was just about to pull the trigger on the PC and a nice used Delta came up on CL, and I feel much better having gone with that.

I would go with the PC over the Harbor Freight one if buying new.

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#10 posted 04-04-2017 11:42 PM

thanks that is good to know, I noticed the PC is less expensive than the HF thanks Mike

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#11 posted 04-04-2017 11:48 PM


The Porter Cable has a 1-1/2hp moto,

- crazyjake8493

If you look at the FLA draw of the PC it becomes quite clear that the 1.5 hp number is a fantasy.

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#12 posted 04-06-2017 03:14 PM

I guess it depends on what your cutting but I personally would keep and eye on Craigslist and buy a used Delta, Jet, Grizzly, or Reliant You will have a bigger resew capacity and a motor that put out what its rated for.

You have to wait for a deal though because most posters want way too much for used machine.

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#13 posted 04-06-2017 03:30 PM

Thanks I take a look at Craigslist lf I buy a new saw I think I will get a craftsman 10” they have more power and more
depth of cut

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#14 posted 04-06-2017 04:52 PM

Whatever you buy look for one with adjustable thrust bearings and adjustable guide blocks on both the top and bottom. That can make a huge difference in performance and flexibility.

Brian

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#15 posted 04-06-2017 05:31 PM

ok, the ones on the saw I have are not, I looked at the craftsman saw and I don’t think they are either the gudes are but not the bearing

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