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Forum topic by woodnut posted 04-02-2008 02:40 AM 1576 views 0 times favorited 9 replies Add to Favorites Watch
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woodnut

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04-02-2008 02:40 AM

I was looking at the harbor freight web sight and found the 17” central machinery bandsaw the saw looks nice in the add, but was wandering what kind of saw it really is. So does anyone have one or used one that would like to share there experiences?

-- F.Little


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#1 posted 04-02-2008 02:46 AM

I would never get one. That’s one of those tools that you use so much that it’s worth it to get a good one.
Delta, Steel City, Grizzly, Rikon, Jet…

Almost anything but a Harbor Freight or a Craftsman.

-- Gary - Never pass up the opportunity to make a mistake look like you planned it that way - Tyler, TX

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#2 posted 04-02-2008 02:58 AM

I have no experience with them, but trust Gary’s words of wisdom….......

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#3 posted 04-02-2008 03:22 AM

I agree with Gary’s post but let me add the Powermatic to Gary’s list. With tools you get what you pay for.

-- Challenges are what make life interesting; overcoming them is what makes life meaningful- Joshua Marine

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#4 posted 04-02-2008 03:28 AM

I’m not a machinery buff – but I’ve never heard anything good about any of the larger tools from HF. The hand tools are not the greatest, but they’ll get most of the jobs done. I’ve heard good things about their grinders – always a pretty good buy on things like acid brushes, tape, bungy cords, tarps, etc. But the bigger power tools – save your money for a little while longer and go with a good name brand as Gary suggested.

-- Like a bad penny, I keep coming back!

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#5 posted 04-02-2008 10:53 AM

There are things to get from HF. A band saw is not one of them.

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#6 posted 04-02-2008 12:18 PM

HF to me is the tool shop for 1 time use. I would never consider their band saw for serious work.

-- making sawdust....

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#7 posted 04-02-2008 02:09 PM

My Dad has the 14”....I wouldn’t waste the money on it.

-- Jim Hallada, Chesterfield, VA

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#8 posted 04-02-2008 02:25 PM

My finding ….A friend bought one of them to save a few bucks and had a hard time getting rid of it. He couldnt keep it aligned and the blade kept falling off in the middle of cutting….Scary!
Good Luck if you decide to buy one.

-- Can't never could do anything, to try is to advance.

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#9 posted 04-02-2008 07:17 PM

I took a cursory glance at one before I bought my Grizzly. The castings were rough, the upper door didn’t close right, the bearings seemed a little gritty when rotating the upper wheel by hand. Didn’t take long to turn me off to it. Happy with my 2 month old Griz so far.

-- If you think healthcare is expensive now, wait until it's free! PJ O'Rourke

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