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Forum topic by John146 posted 04-18-2017 08:20 PM 980 views 0 times favorited 5 replies Add to Favorites Watch
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04-18-2017 08:20 PM

Topic tags/keywords: bandsaw

This bandsaw has appeared on my radar. It has a 1HP motor. I’m debating whether to get this ($300), a Rikon 10-324 ($600), a Rikon 10-305 ($240 – but I lose resaw ability, but it seems to be a pretty nice price for a pretty nice saw), or wait it out and get a Laguna ($1k~).

Ultimately I’m not sure if I’m going to be doing a lot of resawing, but I’ve sure needed to make irregular cuts in the past, and now that I’ve gone through the process of milling lumber from a lumberyard, I’m not sure how much I’d really gain from resawing 4/4, 6/4, or 8/4 material, considering I’m still paying for bdft. I live in Nevada, so it’s not like I’m surrounded by logs everywhere either.

Regarding the Jet, the bearings look rusty – or is that not a concern? My main question is whether that machine looks already-upgraded, or whether I’d need to invest several hundred more into it in order to make it a decent machine, in which case I’d just get a new Rikon.

There’s more pictures, but the rusty bearing looks odd. But I’ve never owned or used a bandsaw, so my knowledge is limited.

-- John 14:6


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#1 posted 04-18-2017 08:37 PM

Apparently, the sellers idea of ‘refurbished’ means replacing the consumables when worn out… which isn’t really refurbishing – just maintenance. It’s on the high end of what I would consider a good price, but not unrealistic. It is basically a cheap knock-off of the Delta 14” cast iron saw. The bearing I think you are talking about is a thrust bearing – cheap 6200 ball bearing that can be sourced from lots of places… maybe $5 or less for two (upper and lower). You probably also want to replace the wheel bearings (top and bottom – 4 bearings in total) for good measure. Motor bearings would be a good idea as well. So figure on adding another $50 or so for those and a good blade or two.

Cheers,
Brad

-- Brad in FL - In Dog I trust... everything else is questionable

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#2 posted 04-18-2017 09:57 PM

Perhaps I should pass on this one. Factoring in gas and replacement parts, I’d end up paying $400 for a used cheap bandsaw. That’s still $250 less than the new one I’ve been eyeing ($600+tx = $650), but the newer one has a stronger motor and better resaw capacity (which I’m not sure I care about).

Can you tell me what are the bandsaw consumables? Maybe I’m overestimating the cost of a used bandsaw by the things I’d need to add on top of it to make it usable – where even in a new one, I’d need to replace parts within <n> number of months/years.

-- John 14:6

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#3 posted 04-18-2017 10:14 PM

Can you tell me what are the bandsaw consumables?
- John146

In no particular order – blades, belts, tires, guides and bearings will eventually need replacing. The tension spring can also eventually need replacing, but that is not all that typical, even after decades of use. Same with the throat plate, although you can make those yourself. On single phase motors, it’s the bearings and start circuitry, capacitors in particular.

IMO, any new ‘used’ machine should have all of it’s bearings replaced at a minimum, even if they ‘seem’ good. That is, unless you know their maintenance history, or know that they have been replaced recently. Particularly on the Asian imports, as they frequently use really crappy bearings from the factory. It’s cheap and easy insurance that can prevent a lot more costly damage down the road, and you will know you won’t have to touch them again for another decade or three :) YMMV.

Cheers,
Brad

-- Brad in FL - In Dog I trust... everything else is questionable

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#4 posted 04-19-2017 12:42 AM

John…going on a wood working machinery spending spree or something? :)
FYI: I have the same bandsaw. Early 2000-2001 I believe. Taiwan clone. Bought mine for $100, not $300. And the items the person says is new are like what Brad says. Granted, the bandsaw table top looks better than mine. Hmm… maybe I should tear mine apart and rebuild!
Go for this one instead: Powermatic 20” Bandsaw – $2600 (Chico)
or if need a drill press, an auction here in Sparks, NV in 8 days: http://www.westauction.com/auction/1646/item/craftsman-15-12-speed-12hp-drill-press-148075

-- The Carpenter Bee is derived from the Ancient Greek word wood-cutter

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#5 posted 04-19-2017 02:22 AM

Holbs: I just bought the Rikon 10-324 from Apex – got a good deal on it.

I did get a good deal on the table saw and jointer (thanks Tim!), and getting a bandsaw was in the works for a while; but it just so happened that I got the money freed up. The reason I got it now was that I got the new Rikon at $600 (it normally goes for $700+), and it seemed I would pay $4-500 for a used tool after considering all the upgrades and repairs I would need to make on it.

I think I’m probably done buying big tools for a while – no space and no budget left!

-- John 14:6

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