Harbor Freight 14inch Bandsaw

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Forum topic by patcollins posted 01-21-2011 10:27 PM 14550 views 2 times favorited 15 replies Add to Favorites Watch
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01-21-2011 10:27 PM

Hi All

I wondered if anyone on here has the Harbor freight 14inch bandsaw? If so what do you think about it? Can you compare it to say a Grizzly or Jet 14 inch saw?

I have a little 9 inch that I grew to love but just need some more power and capacity.

With a 20% off coupon and the sale for $350 it can be had for $280 and that is hard to beat, unless its a piece of junk.

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#1 posted 01-21-2011 10:54 PM

Pat, Search HF Bandsaw, Harbor Freight Bandsaw and Central Machinery Bandsaw here. You’ll find all kinds of info.

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#2 posted 01-21-2011 11:06 PM

I have the older model, the upgraded model has some nice features, but the basics are the same… (The new one has hinged doors and a longer tension rod). The Grizzly has some much nicer features, particularly the fence and tension release… I added those to mine… A LOT of folks don’t use the tension release even though they have them, so it’s not a big deal for them… I think nbeener added a Carter ratchet rod to his…

Anyway, long winded answer, mine is a good cutting machine, I am very pleased with it. I have a neighbor with the a Ridgid BS1400 and he has had severe vibration problems with it. My HF just keeps chugging along…

IF I could hit the rewind button in my shop history, I would have bought a second hand Grizzly instead…

-- My workshop blog can be found at

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#3 posted 01-21-2011 11:27 PM

I have one I got in November last year. After researching almost all of the 14” bandsaws, I realized that they all use the same castings, and most of the same parts. I also got the riser kit. Make sure you get the newest model, as it has all the upgrades all the others have (improved dust collection, 4-speeds, larger diameter upper guide shaft with ball and spring stabilizer. When you order the riser kit, make sure that they send the right one, or the upper guide bar will be too small.

I have had no trouble with it (the toughest part of assembly is aligning the motor pulleys). The stock blade sucks! I have used Highland WW Wood Slicer, Olson All Pro, and Highland general purpose blades. The highland GP blade didn’t last well with very hard woods, and the first Wood Slicer couldn’t handle hidden staples. I Have new 1/2”x2/3 toothWood Slicers and a timberwolf 1/4”x6 tooth blades I will be trying later today.

Good luck in your search.

-- Doug, Bakersfield, CA - I measured twice, cut it twice, and it is still too short!

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#4 posted 01-22-2011 12:43 AM

I have one and I love it.
I installed the 6” riser and a Kreg fence.
I am not too crazy about the fence.
I bought it used for $100.00.
It had been used only once before

-- Bert

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Steven H

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#5 posted 01-22-2011 01:31 AM

I took a look at HF bandsaw, but wasn’t impress.
I went with Grizzly G0555P Bandsaw

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#6 posted 01-22-2011 02:02 AM

Steven H

Care to elaborate?

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#7 posted 01-22-2011 02:19 AM

The bandsaw Quality did not meet my standards
same goes with dust collector

Thats Why I went for Grizzly tool

It really depends what your using the bandsaw for.
Lets say your using the bandsaw everyday, 8 hours 1 day.
This bandsaw won’t last long.

If just several days in a week, it will be fine

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#8 posted 01-22-2011 02:25 AM

None of the Harbor Freight tools are meant for heavy duty use.
Grizzly and Jet are made in same factory.
The only difference is the features, finish, price,...etc.

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#9 posted 01-22-2011 03:20 AM

Gotcha, I will not be what would be called a heavy user by any stretch of the imagination.

I would probably use a few hours a week, but want something that can do what I want when I do need it. To me I am interested in something that will give smooth accurate cuts and won’t fall apart the first time I push it a little.

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#10 posted 01-22-2011 08:09 AM

I have a Delta 14” b.s, and I wouldn’t trade it for a Grizzly or a Harbor Freight for anything…..

-- At my age, an "all--nighter" is not having to get up and pee...!!!

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#11 posted 01-22-2011 08:16 PM

I had a 14” Delta… newer model(‘04 supposedly… bought it as a floor item from Lowes)... Worst purchase of my life.. The angling arm, broke twice. The second time the day after I had it fixed. The motor arced. And originally, the spindel of the motor wore a nice sharp hole in the guard…. but that I think was the fault of the monkeys at Lowes… Delta bought it back… after I got the BBB involved.. lol…

-- "Ah, So your not really a newbie, but a I betterbie."

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#12 posted 01-25-2011 04:05 AM

I just thought I would bump this up one more time to see if anyone else had an opinion.

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#13 posted 01-25-2011 04:58 AM

I bought a Porter Cable 14” bandsaw a few weeks ago. So far so good. Regular price is 399. I wanted a saw that I could resaw on. Resawed some eastern cedar tonight. I am new to resawing but I believe the saw did a fine job. I couldnt find very many reviews on the saw but I am happy with it.

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#14 posted 01-25-2011 07:54 PM

I have the older version of the HF bandsaw. One thing to keep in mind is the cost of all the little upgrades the HF bandsaw needs. To get it to a usable state I added a riser, kreg fence, cool blocks and a longer tension rod. One thing that was a pain was getting the Kreg fence setup correctly. Out of the box it fit well but the track that the fence slides on sat 3mm too high which meant there was a gap between the fence and table. For most people this probably wouldn’t be an issue but I cut very thin wood(violin ribs) so the wood would slide under the fence. In my blog I’ll be posting how I fixed this in a bit. The bolt holes may have changed position on the new version though.

I picked it up off Craig’s list for $75 dollars so its hard to complain, but I was originally planning on getting the Rikon 14”. The Rikon has a large resaw without a riser and the frame seemed very stiff. I’ve also seen a Jet 14” in store and it seemed very similar to the HF bandsaw but just had an overall nicer finish. Like other people have said they all come from the same factory but different companies require different features and quality.

In summary: its not my favorite piece of equipment, but it works.

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#15 posted 01-25-2011 08:22 PM

I have the older HF model, and have been extreamly happy with it, i to have the riser block, and ballbearing balde gudes. It has worked very well for me and would very much recomend it.

-- Ray

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