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Forum topic by jmkeuning posted 07-22-2017 10:09 PM 5599 views 0 times favorited 18 replies Add to Favorites Watch
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jmkeuning

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07-22-2017 10:09 PM

Topic tags/keywords: bandsaw advice

I am in the market for my first bandsaw. I was looking at the WEN 10” that is available from big box or amazon for about $215. And then I was looking at the Craftsman models that are always on Craigslist for about $100 (like this http://lumberjocks.com/reviews/2157 and http://lumberjocks.com/topics/218458.

But if I will spend $200, I will spend $300, so I widened my search. I have a few available locally that I would like to get your opinions on. I guess I am asking for price/value estimates and comments about quality. I have read a lot of your posts about bandsaws, and I know that many of you consider a 10” to be a “small” saw and that users won’t be happy and will want to resaw bigger… I know all that, but I want to keep the price low right now. I will certainly upgrade if band-sawing and I hit it off!

First is a Rockwell Delta 28-113. No description other than the photos. Asking $175

Rigid BS14002:

All I know here is new urethane tires. asking $245

Central Machinery 14” 4 speed. Comes with micro adjust fence with resaw attachment and some blades. NEEDS MOTOR. Asking $80 (Harbor Freight is having 25% off sale right now so I would get a 1.5 or 3 hp motor ($120 and $170 before sale). This is the one I am leaning towards, so please talk me out of it if there are no other strong opinions in this thread!

Last is Jet 10” JWBS-10OS asking $325


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Loren

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#1 posted 07-22-2017 10:21 PM

I would go for the Central Machinery saw
but I wouldn’t put more than a 1 horse
motor on it. Any more in a saw that
size is overkill.

It looks from the photo like the saw may have
been tuned-up by the owner.

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jmkeuning

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#2 posted 07-22-2017 10:58 PM



I would go for the Central Machinery saw
but I wouldn t put more than a 1 horse
motor on it. Any more in a saw that
size is overkill.

It looks from the photo like the saw may have
been tuned-up by the owner.

- Loren

Thanks for the response. I think the seller has the old motor, so I will check out the specs and find something with similar RPM. I think 1700 is what I need. It also occurs to me that I can get a motor on Craigslist for about $50 so that helps!

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WhyMe

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#3 posted 07-22-2017 11:52 PM

For $80 the CM one seems a good deal. It also needs a paddle stop switch.

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sawdustdad

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#4 posted 07-23-2017 02:15 AM

Central Machinery stuff is pretty crude, I would not buy it. You will never be able to tune it to cut properly.

I’d buy the Delta, if that’s in fact what it is. Rigid would be my second choice.

-- Murphy's Carpentry Corollary #3: Half of all boards cut to a specific length will be too short.

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#5 posted 07-23-2017 02:50 AM

I’d buy the Delta, if that’s in fact what it is.

It is… a #28-100 10” saw built sometime in the late 50’s through early 60’s. When shipped with the stand and motor it was considered a catalog #28-101. Was also sold under the Detla Homecraft badge (same cat #).

Cheers,
Brad

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

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jonah

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#6 posted 07-23-2017 03:07 AM

My first choice would be the Ridgid. It’s a standard Taiwanese 14” band saw. That is a good thing, because there’s a million of those things around. That means blades, parts, and upgrades are plentiful and cheap.

$245 is fair. I would not buy the HF one.

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jmkeuning

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#7 posted 07-23-2017 04:17 AM

Thanks for the replies everyone. I might pull the trigger on one of these tomorrow (Sunday for those seeing this post in real-time. For those viewing this in the future, hello from the past!)

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playingwithmywood

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#8 posted 07-23-2017 04:53 AM

Try to get the rigid for under 2 and you might be in business. at least when you save more and want to upgrade in a year or so you should be able to get all your money back or if you see a better deal come along

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WhoMe

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#9 posted 07-23-2017 05:42 AM

I would recommend either the rigid or cm 14” saws. I would not purchase the jet. It is a very light duty saw with a lot of plastic parts and cheaply made cast parts. I cannot speak about the delta other than if you need a unique part, they may be hard to come by.
Personally, I’m in agreement with jona and get the rigid. Common tiwanese 14” saw , common blade size, easy to get parts and upgrades . Especially if you can get the price lower.

-- I'm not clumsy.. It's just the floor hates me, the tables and chairs are bullies, the wall gets in the way AAANNNDDD table saws BITE my fingers!!!.. - Mike -

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bigJohninvegas

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#10 posted 07-23-2017 06:09 AM

I would go for the central machine saw. I had one, and it will tune fine. harbor freight will have a motor for it, and like you already said, they have a 25% off coupon right now.
I sold mine when I bought a grizzly 17” saw. Wish now I had kept it just to leave a 1/4” blade in it for small stuff.
You are not going to get much for resaw work out of any of the saws you are looking at. But it is great for cutting any shape, curve you want.

-- John

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HorizontalMike

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#11 posted 07-23-2017 10:11 AM

I noticed that you “may” consider a 10” BS, so here is my 2-cents worth.

I have had and enjoy my 14” Rikon BS for the past 7yr. That said, this past year I went ahead and purchased it’s little brother, the 10in Rikon 10-305. I love it!

I am finding out that I do way more on that little 10in BS than I ever did/do on the big 14in BS. Basically my setup at this point is having a 3/4in 2-3tpi blade on the 14in for resawing and having a 1/8in on blade on the 10in for curves and quick smaller cuts and such (also have 1/4in and 3/8in blades).

Bottom line is that there is plenty to love about having a “small” 10in BS. Bought both at my local WC, when on sale.

-- HorizontalMike -- "Woodpeckers understand..."

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Sparks500

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#12 posted 07-23-2017 12:18 PM

If you’re patient, but ready, you can get great deals. This saw popped up on Craigslist and had been on there 3 hours when I bought it. Paid $460 for it.
2 hp with 10” resaw capability, and came with carter guides.

-- Rockhound: You realize we're sitting on 45,000 pounds of fuel, one nuclear warhead and a thing that has 270,000 moving parts built by the lowest bidder? Makes you feel good doesn't it?

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Sparks500

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#13 posted 07-23-2017 12:19 PM

Why did my picture turn?

-- Rockhound: You realize we're sitting on 45,000 pounds of fuel, one nuclear warhead and a thing that has 270,000 moving parts built by the lowest bidder? Makes you feel good doesn't it?

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rodneywt1180b

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#14 posted 07-23-2017 04:25 PM

What are your plans for the saw?
If you’re resawing or cutting bowl blanks bigger is better.
If you’re cutting the occasional curved part a smaller one might work.
I have a 14” saw. It has a 6” cutting capacity. I’m constantly coming up against it’s limits. There are riser kits available that would give up to 12” depth of cut but then it would need a bigger motor too.
I don’t think I’d mess with anything smaller than a 14” saw these days.
To me the Ridgid is the best of what you’ve shown us.

-- Rodney, Centralia, WA, USA www.etsy.com/shop/ASturdyStick

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Sparks500

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#15 posted 07-23-2017 05:09 PM

If we knew what part of the world you’re in, we could help you look….

-- Rockhound: You realize we're sitting on 45,000 pounds of fuel, one nuclear warhead and a thing that has 270,000 moving parts built by the lowest bidder? Makes you feel good doesn't it?

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