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BruceCM

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831 days ago

Ok, my first post here.
I’ve looked to find as much info as I can here on reviews and comments on the Harbor Freight 14” bandsaw. Problem is that most comments are at least 2 years old, and are not for the #67595 saw.

So I’m wondering if anyone here has gotten this bandsaw and what they think of it.

I ask because it is on sale through 4/30 for $360, and with my 20% discount, that comes to $288…and thats a price that’s hard to beat for an occasional user as I’ll be. I was all set to get the Grizz GO555 at $625 ($525 + about $100 shipping), but thats over twice as much for what sounds like being very close to the HF 67595.

And if you have this saw, would you mind commenting on:

1. The blade guides you might have changed to. Ceramic? Cool blocks? Carter roller bearings?

2. Riser blocks and availability. Someone posted about 3 years ago that the HF #24536 blocks are available by telephone order only.

3. Either a quick release or tension crank to relieve the tension in the blade when not in use.

Anything else you might consider helpful.

All comments are much appreciated!

BruceM

-- cut once, measure once and......dam I'm good!


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David Kirtley

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#1 posted 831 days ago

Their fence for it is pretty nice. Don’t know if they still carry it but the old number was 98201-1VGA back in 2008.

I put roller bearings in mine (They fit in the regular block holder.) No modification required. I think I got them at Woodcraft.

Riser block and Carter Cobra Coil.

Has been dependable and no problems.

-- Woodworking shouldn't cost a fortune: http://lowbudgetwoodworker.blogspot.com/

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MrRon

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#2 posted 831 days ago

Although I don’t have the HF bandsaw, I do have their wood lathe, DC and mortiser. With Central machinery, you take a gamble. You might get a dog or it may turn out to be a gem. It would appear their tools come out of the same factories as Grizzly and other well known names, so I’m inclined to take the gamble. Usually a few tweaks here and there and you have a good machine as a result. HF warranty is pretty good and if you are not satisfied with the product, you can always take it back.

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