$275 for this Craftsman bandsaw. Deal or No Deal?

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Forum topic by Sailor posted 01-17-2011 04:16 AM 2924 views 0 times favorited 7 replies Add to Favorites Watch
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01-17-2011 04:16 AM

I found a bandsaw for sale locally on Craigslist and I emailed the seller asking them about it. I wondered if it had a mobile base with it, but unfortunately it didn’t. No big deal, but I also wanted to know the model number of it. Once I got that I did some research and found that it wasn’t the best saw ever created since it has a few poor reviews online, mostly bad bearings.

Anyhow, it’s a Craftsman Professional 1 hp 14’’ Band Saw model (224010).

I told him I wasn’t interested then he replied back to me a few days later saying that he would take $275 for it. He was originally asking $350 for it and now has dropped the price. Is this thing a good deal?

Here is the link to the Craigslist ad.

Thank you all!

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#1 posted 01-17-2011 04:30 AM

HAve him to turn it on to see if there’s any vibration

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#2 posted 01-17-2011 05:02 AM

I’d say $275 is a pretty good deal for that saw. Even thought the guide bearings are known to need replacement, its a $10/15 minute job, and overall the saw gets good reviews from users. It still may not be the best 14” BS ever, but it’s a very serviceable tool at that price.

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#3 posted 01-17-2011 05:03 AM

My previous experience with a Craftsman 10” band saw was less than great. Based on that I would stay away from it. From what I have seen with these saws, it is almost impossible to get sufficient tension on the blade for accurate work.

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#4 posted 01-17-2011 06:01 AM

Craftsman outsources tool manufacturing, so it can be hard to
generalize about the brand. In your part of the country, that
price may be a bargain. “Supply and demand” you know.

I’d say that if used 14” saws are uncommon in your locale, that
may be a good deal and you’ll be able to resell the saw without
much loss if and when you upgrade.

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#5 posted 01-17-2011 06:40 AM

Bearings are cheap …I’d buy it if I needed another bandsaw.

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#6 posted 01-19-2011 10:49 PM

Thats basicaly a re-labeled Rikon. The Rikon sells for about $600 to $700. It’s basically a good saw, but I don’t think you can add a riser block to it it that’s a consideration. I’d pay that for it if I was still needing a saw. I own a couple of Rikon tools, a band saw and a jointer, and I am extremely happy with them.

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#7 posted 01-19-2011 11:00 PM

I have that saw for sometime now. So far it has been great. No issues with it, at all.

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