|Forum topic by gillyd||posted 03-08-2012 01:13 PM||1579 views||0 times favorited||25 replies|
03-08-2012 01:13 PM
I’m going to purchase a new bandsaw and would like your guys opinions on this. Re-sawing will be its primary use.
Powermatic PWBS-14CS Deluxe
Reasons To Buy: Can buy local for $1199, comes with a 6” riser block, and a 15% discount going on right now with Powermatic/Jet tools makes the price just over $1000 + tax. I like to keep my local woodsmith store in business, and really like being able to talk to the store manager about my tools (he delivers them to my house). This saw has all the bells and whistles of the 14” field, cast iron wheels, carter bearings, lots of HP, etc. I also feel that the resale value on powermatic tools are second to none.
Reasons Not To Buy: Comparing against the field this is the most expensive saw at just over $1000 dollars + tax. Have to install a riser block.
Rikon 14” 10-325
Reasons To Buy: Good price at $800 bucks from Amazon + shipping, making it just over $900. 13 inch re-saw capability without adding a riser block! Great reviews here on lumberjocks. Alot of bells and whistles. Compares well with the powermatic in terms of features.
Reasons Not To Buy: Internet purchase (have been burned once before by Grizzly, so I’m a bit jaded right now). Fairly or unfairly, the purchase over the internet tools is having a big influence on my decision.
Grizzly G0555 The Ultimate
Reasons To Buy: If you read the reviews here and on Amazon this is the saw I should be buying. No other bandsaw gets the attention that this saw does here on this site. Good set of features for $525 + shipping. I like the idea of this saw, comes with a fence, etc.
Reasons Not To Buy: No cast iron wheels, this is a nearly a deal breaker for me if it weren’t for the really high reviews. Internet purchase, had bad experience with Grizzly before, almost ready to try again since its been a year since the ordeal. Need to buy a riser block, and not a feature for feature comparison against the other two saws. $525 + shipping and riser block your pushing $700 setup.
Love the idea of CL, just tired of one of the following: people want to charge retail for their 8 year old delta, or don’t feel like spending 200 dollars on one of the 50 different models of craftsmen that get posted.
ShopFox 14” 1706
Haven’t seen a ton of reviews, seems like a middle ground saw between the G0555 and the G0555X, has cast irons wheels. Internet purchase. I know people locally who have had bad experiences with ShopFox.
Grizzly 14” G0555X Extreme
Nice looking saw, but compared against the Rikon I’m not seeing a reason to buy it.
Whats going through my mind: I’m looking to be convinced not to buy locally the powermatic and make an internet purchase. For a few extra hundred dollars I feel like I am getting a better machine in the powermatic, with the resale bonus in the future. The warranty is also nice. So full disclosure – I am a heavy lean towards the powermatic (heck almost impulsed purchased on my lunch hour yesterday when he dropped the 15% discount on me). To me a few hundred dollars is worth the additional features and name, do you agree?