Craftsman 14'' Bandsaw ??

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04-08-2012 09:33 PM

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I just became aware of this new bandsaw that Craftsman has just started selling…at least they say it is new. It is a Craftsman 14-INCH BAND SAW Model #Model# BAS350. They are listing it for $382.49 on sale. Here is the link to the page site—-

Does anyone have or ever had a Craftsman bandsaw or does anyone have this particular one. It seems like a great deal and I was just wondering what other people’s thoughts and experiences are Craftsman bandsaws. Thanks…..J

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#1 posted 04-08-2012 10:17 PM

I’m leery of Craftsman tools anymore.

I have a mid -1980’s 12” band saw and it needed a new driven pulley. Guess what? Sears doesn’t support that saw anymore. I searched for a year and finally got a used one on eBay.
I have a 3 year old Craftsman Power planer…... it ate a bearing in the shaft. Guess what? Sears doesn’t support that hand planer any more.
I have multiple Craftsman wrenches, (with a lifetime guarantee I might add). I’ve taken some of the ratchets back because the plastic gear and directional lock breaks… guess what? They are built even cheaper now.

I feel safer buying Harbor Freight tools. Plus, Harbor Freight isn’t closing 120 stores like Sears is.

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#2 posted 04-08-2012 11:17 PM

It looks nice, but I’d still go with the HF Central Machinery 14 inch 4 speed. I don’t use all 4 speeds, but Its a great BS. It’s cheaper too and CM makes BS for a lot of other manufacturers too, like PC.

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#3 posted 04-09-2012 04:49 AM

One thing is it has an eight inch cutting height. While I like the HF it is six inches.

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#4 posted 04-09-2012 06:46 AM

Yeah, 8” resaw is nice but will a 1hp motor be enough power is what I’d be asking.

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#5 posted 04-09-2012 12:00 PM

Since this appears to be a new model to the Cman lineup, I’d proceed with caution…it’s an unknown for now. There are some things I’d want to know…. Who makes it? What’s different about it than the previous 22401, which had a good track record and good following (and was thought to be made by Richen Enterprises who owns Rikon)? Why’d they change?

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#6 posted 04-10-2012 04:56 PM

Since my Sears is closing, they are clearance selling that saw. I almost bought it, but spun the top wheel and it had a noticeable wobble in it. It also appears to be somewhat cheaply made in other areas (weight, construction, etc.). There are too many good saws for just a little more to warrant purchasing this one.

Now, if it was $250, that would be a different story. You could probably tune some of the issues out and save some money if that were the case.

The smaller bandsaws they have may still get purchased by me though. They will work well enough for their price (also on clearance).

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#7 posted 04-10-2012 05:07 PM

I’m not touching anything from Sears any more. My old and good C’man stuff is well built, and has run for years w/o issues (except parts support which I can scrounge). I just feel that they are building for a price point rather than long life.
I’d like a larger BS, but my old (1952) Magna/Shopsmith just wont die. Aside from limited resaw, it has handled everything I’ve thrown at it.
If I were buying today, it would probably be a Grizz 14”. I just don’t need a monster BS.


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#8 posted 04-10-2012 06:54 PM

I don’t buy craftsman tools other than wrenches .All the things I’ve bought from them in years gone by always broke and even when they were under warranty It took a act of congress to get the part or for them to repair the tool .I’d look for a better brand in a used band saw .

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#9 posted 04-10-2012 07:02 PM

Craftsman machinery these days usually cuts corners in some
areas and not others. The iron castings are robust but the fences
tend not to be. The motors are alright and the tool stands
and bases tend to be robust and well-designed. There’s often
a chintzyness to assemblies which incorporate aluminum extrusions,
castings and plastic parts. They tend to go with pot-metal
castings in areas that other machines might use machined

That said, bandsaws are not super complicated. Without a
blade on it, the upper wheel on most bandsaws will wiggle
up and down unless the assembly is so heavy you don’t
notice the play.

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#10 posted 04-10-2012 11:44 PM

I have a 14” Craftsman bandsaw. it is 1 1/2 hp peak. the tensioning system is weak. it can resaw wood but you have to slightly modify the top guide bearing to allow a board wider than 6”.

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#11 posted 04-11-2012 01:06 AM

looks like a scaled down versin of the 22401. i had one for a while:

seemed to be a very well built unit, and is really a featured up version of the rikon 10-320. the advantage to buying the linked unit is that rikon could probably supply parts even if sears goes the way of all flesh (which it can’t do soon enough to suit me). for $385, i’d take a chance. if you don’t like it, return it. but if it has CI wheels, like the 22401, that’s a nice little saw and probaby way better than the comparable harbor freight BS.

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#12 posted 04-11-2012 01:55 AM

The 22401 is a little known gem of a bandsaw!

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#13 posted 04-11-2012 04:49 AM

I have the Rikon 10” that is the little brother of the 14” 10-320.
They are both sold in black paint as Craftsman saws.
If you search Sears’ website you will see that they sell the Rikon also.

These steel frame saws, I think, are more rigid than the cast iron designs, but they cannot be modified with a riser block. You buy 8” capacity, you are stuck with 8” capacity.

I would agree that 1hp sounds a little weak for re-sawing, but a good quality wood slicer blade would probably help in that regard.

If I was looking for a 14” saw I’d have to consider both the HF and the Craftsman, but I’d want to carefully look the Craftsman over to be sure they didn’t cheap it up. There has to be some reason it sells for $100s less than the Rikon it appears to be derived from.

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#14 posted 04-11-2012 12:37 PM

crank49…..i had the same thought, until i got the a couple of 22401s. it is really put together. CI table and wheels, light, fence, dual voltage motor, 2 speed operation, blade tracking window, enclosed base and more resaw capacity that the 10-320 and at a lower price. the unit the OP linked seems to be just like the 22401, but without a light, enclosed base and fence. maybe there are some craftsman “gems”, just like there are some HF gems.

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#15 posted 05-04-2012 07:52 AM

I actually just bought this saw a couple of days ago and here are my observations so far:

1. There is no fence included or presently sold by sears for this saw
2. It’s pretty heavy. The base, structure, doors and table are all ferrous
3. The wheels are non-ferrous
4. It seems pretty quiet for a large power tool
5. It seems to require a few seconds of spin up time (maybe this is completely normal)
6. The Start button needs a solid push before engaging (no accidental starts)

Kreg sells a band saw fence that their own documents say will work with the Craftsman BAS350, however work should be used with an ocean of salt.

I don’t blame Kreg for this, however the only place you can mount their fence is on the back of the table. I went ahead and mounted the fence there, but I also (again per their instructions) had to drill my own hole in the fence guide.

So, yes it does work, but I don’t really feel that operating the tool in this manner is very safe. I did some thin cuts just to try in out (I’ve never owned a Band Saw before) and I’m happy with them as a beginner, but again I think Kreg should have better proofed their docs. As far as Craftsman putting the holes where they are? There are holes in the front of the table, however they are on the underside of the table it self. I’m guessing this is location of Craftsman yet-to-be-seen fence for this saw…

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