|Forum topic by MrDan||posted 08-20-2011 06:24 AM||2340 views||0 times favorited||13 replies|
08-20-2011 06:24 AM
Hey folks, I’m looking at two bandsaws tomorrow and I’m not sure which one to go with.
Before I list the contenders I need to emphasize that I don’t have much space and I do move a lot (so the lighter the better when it comes to big tools) and I have to fit it in my car when I pick it up. :)
Also I only have $150 to spend.
So with that said, the first option is a 1987 Grizzly G1019 for $125. It’s 14”, heavy (200lbs.) 3/4 hp with a little bit of rust here and there.
The other is a Craftsman 12” 3/4 hp practically brand new and $150. This one is a bit lighter @ 150lbs.
Now normally I steer clear of craftsman for anything other than mechanics tools. (sorry, don’t mean to ruffle any craftsman fan’s feathers out there, but I’ve been burned a few times and have read way too many poor reviews with this company), however this particular one is often compared to the Rikon and I’ve read some good reviews about it. Also I like the fact that it is 50lbs lighter.
The thing about the Grizzly is that it’s an ‘87 and I don’t know what Grizzly was like back then. Was it still decent quality? Better quality? I have no clue. Also the extra 50lbs turns me off.
Any insights or experience anyone has would be very helpful as I’m going back and forth with this.