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Forum topic by Justin posted 11-23-2010 10:35 PM 6267 views 0 times favorited 11 replies Add to Favorites Watch
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11-23-2010 10:35 PM

I’ve recently found out about busy bee tools. They seem to sell a lot of Craftex Products along with a few other brands. So here is my question.. what is the quality of Craftex and has anyone ever dealt with busy bee tools before? I was wondering this because I looked at some tools and the prices are really cheep but not sure of the quality. Thanks in advance.

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#1 posted 11-23-2010 11:13 PM

we’ve made a lot of purchases at Busy Bee.
Our bandsaw is an Craftex as is our jointer.
We don’t give them a real workout but as it stands we are very pleased with the equipment.

-- ~ Debbie, Canada (

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#2 posted 11-23-2010 11:16 PM

I’ve had one round about dealing with Busy Bee buy way of having a fellow woodworker from Canada send me a Craftex Blue Tornado blade across the border. The blade was obviously defective from the get go, so I contacted a Busy Bee rep, who put me in touch with the folks who could arrange for me to send the defective blade back, and get a replacement shipped to me in the US. Consider that they don’t typically deal with the US market, and the chances of getting more sales from me were very slim, I was totally impressed with how well they handled the situation. The new blade worked pretty well as far as inexpensive Asian import blades go.

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#3 posted 11-24-2010 02:31 AM

My Busy Bee 14” bandsaw, though 20 yrs old, hums along nicely with no problems whatsoever! I’d buy more from them, when I have a new requirement.

-- Einstein: "The intuitive mind is a sacred gift, and the rational mind is a faithful servant. We have created a society that honors the servant and has forgotten the gift." I'm Poopiekat!!

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#4 posted 11-24-2010 03:06 AM

I have a Craftex 3Hp DC from Busy Bee. I think for the price that it was a steal. I’ve had it for five years and it hasn’t missed a beat. It did seem a little sluggish recently so I cleaned the fillter bag. Now it almost sucks the paint off the floor.

-- Paul M ..............If God wanted us to have fiberglass boats he would have given us fibreglass trees.

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#5 posted 11-24-2010 03:09 AM

I am Extremely happy with Busy Bee tools ;-)
You can,t beat the prices either !

-- John in Belgrave (Website) ,

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#6 posted 11-24-2010 03:11 PM

I’ve bought a fair amount from Busy Bee over the years and nothings actualy disapointed
Not high quality in some cases, but the price is right, (except for shipping ;-( ..) And they do have a wide variety..

-- Glen, B.C. Canada

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#7 posted 11-25-2010 03:20 AM

Thanks for all the comments :D I think Ill have to try them next time I get a chance to buy something. I have to agree their prices seem pretty good.

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#8 posted 11-25-2010 04:26 PM

Busy Bee’s kinda Canada’s Harbor Freight.. I actualy brought out a mini plane set of theirs yesterday, 2 and a half inch long guys, brass sides, Indian Rosewood infill.. Blades are not great, but for rounding the handles on a couple of purpleheart tools the scraper plane actualy blew me away..woorked great..first time I’d actualy used it.. If memory serves right it was about 20 bucks for the set included a mini square and bevel guage, also brass and rosewood..
Lots of that sort of thing there..

-- Glen, B.C. Canada

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#9 posted 11-25-2010 05:58 PM

A lot of times they have free shipping like this week for example ;-)

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#10 posted 11-25-2010 06:48 PM

Busy Bee has some great deals. I plan on getting a DC from them soon. I have not purchased any large tools from them but as soon as I have the space I will. For us Canadians there are not a lot of choice. Lee Valley is another great source for woodworking stuff you will not find anywhere else here. I thinik some US (Grizzly, Rockler, etc.) companies are now shipping to Canada but I am not sure I would purchase a large item from them for fear of support issues.
They have a range of very good products to dollar store quality products. Common sense will tell you the difference between them. Personally I give BusyBee 2 thumbs up.

-- If all you have is a hammer, everything looks like a nail!

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#11 posted 11-25-2010 06:53 PM

If you look at Busy Bee products and Grizzly…...

-- DonH Orleans Ontario

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