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Forum topic by JIM COLLINS posted 05-27-2012 02:11 PM 2306 views 0 times favorited 15 replies Add to Favorites Watch
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05-27-2012 02:11 PM

I am looking to buy a band saw. I don’t have the room or money for a big one so I am looking at a smaller one and was looking at the Craftsman 10 inch, or does anyone know of a better one that isn’t real expensiver? This is for mostly small projects 3/4 inch pine, but some hardwood as well.

-- Jim in the U.P. nothing like the smell of fresh cut wood

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#1 posted 05-27-2012 02:28 PM

You can get a Central Machine 14 inch for $350 at HF.

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#2 posted 05-27-2012 02:28 PM

Harbor freight has an excellent 14” bandsaw. It’s about the same as the Rikon 14” except $300 cheaper.
I think you’ll find that although you think you only need a 10”, size matters, no matter what anyone else says.

see it by clicking HERE!

The 9” model is HERE and I have no knowledge of it.

-- Improvise.... Adapt...... Overcome!

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#3 posted 05-27-2012 02:38 PM

look on craigslist. I am looking for a decent used 14” saw, but i see all brands of the 10” saws all the time for dirt cheap. really, they usually are between $50 and $75

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#4 posted 05-27-2012 03:00 PM

I had a bench top 3 wheeled Black and Decker for years that was okay for smallish projects. I made bird houses and feeders, adirondack chairs etc. with it. Went back on the shelf out of the way when not needed. The benchtops usually have plastic wheels and a cogged belt that stretches over time, but you can order belts easily. If you can carve out space I’d look for a 12 inch Craftsman from the 80s for the same money. Much more machine, and getting the 80 inch blades is easy.

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#5 posted 05-27-2012 03:10 PM

I see you are a Yooper, I have a friend that lives a short distance from you that is a master craftsman. He could help you decide on the best course for you to take and he might even have a saw for sale.

He lives in (or near), Baraga.

PM me if you want to contact him.

-- Improvise.... Adapt...... Overcome!

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#6 posted 05-27-2012 03:18 PM

I have an old Craftsman 12” tilting band saw from the mid 80’s. OK for what I do but if you are going to rip/resaw anything thicker than 1.5” look elsewhere. I have used it to rip 1.5” redwood but that stuff is very soft and I didn’t care about the edge. The tilting mechanism is crp but it holds at a 90. On the plus side, the 80” blades are available everywhere and you should be able to get a used saw for about $100. Mine is on a mobile base and has no problem with 3/4 oak. I actually like the large size cast aluminum corrugated table. It helps me line up a rip fence and the table takes a full 3/4” miter. You can download the manuals, they are easy to adjust/tune, and they usually have not been used a lot. Mine is fine for what I want and I am not looking to replace it any time soon.

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#7 posted 05-27-2012 03:22 PM

My wife wants a smaller band saw. I made the mistake of letting her use a friends 10” Craftsman to see what she thought. I have been wanting a 17” BS for a long time. Looks like Im gonna be waiting awhile longer now. lol

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#8 posted 06-28-2012 01:33 PM

Trajan 914 (14” band saw) – available at .

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#9 posted 06-28-2012 02:48 PM

oldretiredjim, Why do you say not to resaw with the Craftsman over 1.5”? Maybe I’m doing something wrong. I resaw up to about 6 1/8” live oak, Osage Orange, Chinaberry, American Elm, Red Oak, White Oak, Texas Cedar, and anything else that comes along.
The 1 1/8HP motor handles everything I’ve thrown at it. I got it used and after a bit of cleanup, it is nicely accurate. I use Lennox and Olson 1/2” x 3 TPI blades for resawing.

Can you please elaborate on the problems you have had, maybe in a separate forum topic? Maybe some of us that do resaw with the old Craftsman can help you to get better use out of your saw.

-- Improvise.... Adapt...... Overcome!

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#10 posted 06-28-2012 03:41 PM

Best deal goin’ today is the Grizz G0555LX. Great saw, and a heck of a bargain.


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#11 posted 06-28-2012 04:57 PM

Nice link! Those saws are great! Thank you for posting steamfab !

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#12 posted 06-28-2012 05:22 PM

Too bad you’re not close. I plan on selling my 2001 Reliant, in mint condition, 1HP, four speed, with an upper bearing guide upgrade as soon as my new Grizzly arrives. Runs smooth and true, no rust, chips or errors, just have another 6” height unit and the upcoming Grizzly is 12”, don’t have room for three. Only thing I replaced is the switch, and the saw is also on casters. $175, very slightly negotiable…

-- Tsunami Guitars and Custom Woodworking, Cleveland, TN

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#13 posted 06-28-2012 05:54 PM

Get this one:

Incas are really nice machines. They made a smaller one too
which is good, but the 20” is closer to you than any 10”
ones I found.

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#14 posted 06-28-2012 07:44 PM

The Craftsman 10” is virtually the same as the Rikon 10” and Jet 10”. Those saws are manufactured in Italy I think.
I have the Rikon 10” and I really like it.

Beware the Sears 9”. It has plastic wheels and is more like the other little 9” saws from Black and Decker, Skil and Ryobi. More of a hobby saw than a wood working tool, IMHO.

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#15 posted 06-28-2012 08:09 PM

More shilling from steamfab and heisbert…

The best of the small saws is certainly an Inca, one of the few small saws that wasn’t built like a toy, there are a good number of older 10/12” saws that were good as well but I don’t tend to see many of the old cast saws on the used market.

The best buy in inexpensive saws currently is the Grizzly G0555LX, the 14” cast clones saws are the way to go on a budget. If room nor budget allow this then the Rikon 12” saw is pretty decent, the current selection of smaller than 12” saws really begins to move pretty close to the toy range.

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