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nmssis

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09-21-2017 08:16 PM

Topic tags/keywords: question bandsaw tip

Greetings,

I have a small area for light projects in my home and even if I had a large budget at my disposal, I would not be able to house any large cap bandsaw hence, relegated to a benchtop. Originally, I was looking at the cheaper Ryobi 9 inch and the Craftsman 9 in but it seems that 10 inch would be better for my first bandsaw.

Then I was settled on the Craftsman 10 inch model but after reading some of the 1-3 star reviews got me irked. The 1-3 star reviews echoed similar issues such as; can’t find parts, motor goes dead with no warning, guides that don’t “guide”, relegated to the stock saw blade, tech support that has no clue n such that made me shy away so I’m back to square one!

I know you all heard this before but here I go: Without braking the bank, what 10 inch benchtop bandsaws would you guys recommend?

Thanks again!

-- Learn something new everyday!


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#1 posted 09-21-2017 08:23 PM

from a few years ago, but some good info
http://www.woodworkersjournal.com/benchtop-band-saw-reviews/

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#2 posted 09-21-2017 08:23 PM

Not what you want to hear, but I have a Ryobi 9” that is about 14 years old and still cutting along.

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#3 posted 09-21-2017 08:25 PM



Not what you want to hear, but I have a Ryobi 9” that is about 14 years old and still cutting along.

- papadan

wow, that’s great, don’t mind hearing that at all…so it’s worked out? what species of woods and thickness were you cutting?

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#4 posted 09-21-2017 08:34 PM

Nmsis, where are you located?

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#5 posted 09-21-2017 08:37 PM

The best small band saws I’m aware of would
be the INCA 260/340 and the Shopsmith 11”
band saw. Both available on the used market.

Neither was made to hit the low price points
today’s small wood band saws sell at.

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#6 posted 09-21-2017 09:35 PM



from a few years ago, but some good info
http://www.woodworkersjournal.com/benchtop-band-saw-reviews/

- Davevand

yes, i read this before. n thats how i settled on the Craftsman 10 inch saw. but reading the review tells a different story.

-- Learn something new everyday!

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#7 posted 09-21-2017 09:35 PM



Nmsis, where are you located?

- Gilley23

i’m in Queens, NYC

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#8 posted 09-21-2017 09:38 PM

A used INCA should be easy to find in NYC.
There was a dealer selling them there for years.

It’s a really superior saw.

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#9 posted 09-21-2017 09:46 PM

I have the Rikon 10” bandsaw which is the same as the Craftsman. I bought it as an in-between with my 16” Jet which I use for resaw and my scroll saw. It rates at 4 stars on Amazon.

I have been using it for about two years with no problems at all. The blade tracks well and cuts easily. Dust collection is just OK and about typical for bandsaws.

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#10 posted 09-21-2017 09:49 PM

Craigslist little high
Sparta NJ, $900 shopsmith

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nmssis

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#11 posted 09-21-2017 09:57 PM



Craigslist little high
Sparta NJ, $900 shopsmith

- Fresch

yeah, that price though…lol

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nmssis

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#12 posted 09-21-2017 09:59 PM



A used INCA should be easy to find in NYC.
There was a dealer selling them there for years.

It s a really superior saw.

- Loren

wow, that’s expensive

-- Learn something new everyday!

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#13 posted 09-22-2017 12:26 AM


Not what you want to hear, but I have a Ryobi 9” that is about 14 years old and still cutting along.

- papadan

wow, that s great, don t mind hearing that at all…so it s worked out? what species of woods and thickness were you cutting?

- nmssis


I only work with hardwoods. I have resawn 4” purple heart. Slow but works.

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#14 posted 09-22-2017 01:49 AM

I have the Craftsman 10”. It works very well for my uses. I’ve resawn 3.5” hardwoods on it without any problems. I also don’t have any issues with the guides. They work very well if properly set up.

I use TimberWolf blades. It makes all the difference in the world. I don’t believe I would be very happy with the saw had I only used the stock blade.

-- Joe | Spartanburg, SC | "To give anything less than your best is to sacrafice the gift." - Steve Prefontaine

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#15 posted 09-22-2017 03:45 AM



I have the Craftsman 10”. It works very well for my uses. I ve resawn 3.5” hardwoods on it without any problems. I also don t have any issues with the guides. They work very well if properly set up.

I use TimberWolf blades. It makes all the difference in the world. I don t believe I would be very happy with the saw had I only used the stock blade.

- SuperCubber

How long have you had the saw and did you ever have to order replacement parts? I heard that ordering replacement parts are a nightmare.

-- Learn something new everyday!

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