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AkBob

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1143 days ago

Topic tags/keywords: band saw alaska porter cable question bandsaw

Was wondering if any Lumberjocks in Alaska would know where I can purchase a decent band saw? I have a limited budget, so I was considering a PORTER-CABLE 14” 2-Speed Floor Model Band Saw from Lowes. Any one have experience with this saw? I have been watching Craigslist but, I’ve only seen a few overpriced problem saws. I am willing to travel anywhere in state to purchase a new one.


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Drew

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#1 posted 1143 days ago

what is the horse power of the motor?

I looked to see if there was a Woodcraft or Rockler Store in AK.
Because I would suggest to save up your money to get a Rikon 14” Deluxe.

-- If A equals success, then the formula is, A = X + Y + Z, Where X is work, Y is play, And Z is keep your mouth shut." -Albert Einstein.

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#2 posted 1143 days ago

Used equipment varies wildly based on geographic location. I know Alaska has a small population so I would expect it to be more difficult to find a good used saw. That being said, obviously your best value will come from a good used saw. In the meantime, if you are willing to spend 400 on the portercable bandsaw you are certainly within range of some of the grizzly models and a lot of folks around here own those saws.

I can not advise on either since I own a Delta/Rockwell 14” bandsaw. I probably spent 6 months searching for one on craigslist before finally securing my saw for $175, and I live in Maryland.

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David

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#3 posted 1143 days ago

Craigslist is great for this. I picked up a 16” Grizzly G1073 plus ~5 blades for 275 and it’s in excellent condition. I used a program on my iphone called “craigspro” that sends you notifications when something matching your keywords goes up on craigslist. I literally called the guy and drove out to pick it up within hours of him posting it. If you don’t have an iphone, I’m sure there are craigslist notification websites out there too.

If you’re willing to wait a bit, you can score some great stuff on craigslist.

-- Perilous to all of us are the devices of an art deeper than we ourselves possess. --Gandalf the Grey http://davidwahl.org/category/woodworking/

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#4 posted 1143 days ago

You might also check out the Alaska School district website – see if they have an auction of their equipment.
My Father in Law (Tok) got his tools that way when the school did an upgrade.

Don’t know much about the PC saw at Lowes. Many are happy with the Rigid ofering (home depot)
But also you might see what the shipping charges are from Grizzly…might not be as insane as you might think.
Good luck

-- "If we did all the things we are capable of doing, we would literally astonish ourselves." Edison

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Bertha

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#5 posted 1143 days ago

I’m afraid you’d outgrow that Lowe’s PC pretty quickly and for the price, you could buy a used machine of much higher quality. The parts for Delta Rockwell are pretty easily available, too. Good luck!

A quick and dirty search found this:
http://bham.craigslist.org/tls/2421341058.html

-- My dad and I built a 65 chev pick up.I killed trannys in that thing for some reason-Hog

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Bertha

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#6 posted 1143 days ago

Alaska, Alabama, Al. It’s all the same to me;) Sorry about that, OP!

-- My dad and I built a 65 chev pick up.I killed trannys in that thing for some reason-Hog

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AkBob

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#7 posted 1143 days ago

Very well put Jonathan, (thank you for feeling my pain) and thank you all for the advice. I did consider having a Grizzly shipped from the outside, but the cost and likelihood of damage have discouraged me. I will practice patience and keep and eye on Craigslist.

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DrDirt

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#8 posted 1142 days ago

I would say – - how often do you hop the ferry to Prince Rupert? or Port Angeles.
Lots of opportunities in the Seattle area as well as in BC….I think you will have to ‘go get something’ based out of Wrangell

-- "If we did all the things we are capable of doing, we would literally astonish ourselves." Edison

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Tedstor

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#9 posted 1142 days ago

Nothing worng with the PC. Most reviews I’ve read have been favorable. The PC would be on my short list if I were in the market for a BS today.
If you happen to be a military vet, Lowes gives you 10%off. Otherwise, your post office might have some “new neighbor” envelopes with a 10% coupon inside.
Easy way to save $40, which I understand is hard to do in AK.

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Minorhero

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#10 posted 1142 days ago

You might want to price out the shipping cost with grizzly before you write them off. I went through the checkout process till they asked for a credit card with an Alaska address and they were listing an 85 dollar shipping cost. That may change once a human gets involved, but it would still be worth knowing. I wouldn’t worry about damage to the saw in shipping because grizzly historically has great customer service. When folks in the lower 48 get a damaged machine grizzly replaces it.

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AkBob

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#11 posted 1141 days ago

cr1 – funny you sent me that link, been following Matthias for a couple of years. He has that genius that makes me realize how simple I am :)

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#12 posted 560 days ago

Bob, bought this saw about year ago. For me and my small shop it is good. I don’t have the room for anything larger. With a table saw, radial arm saw, bandsaw and drill press, I’m full up. My shop only 12×16.

-- Gerald, Illinois

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