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Forum topic by gfadvm posted 06-18-2012 02:10 AM 785 views 0 times favorited 6 replies Add to Favorites Watch
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06-18-2012 02:10 AM

Topic tags/keywords: bandsaw drum sander

I just saw an 8 month old Shop Fox Bandsaw (#W1706) on CL for $350. And a Jet 16-32 drum sander (2 years old) for $750. I don’t really NEED either but they seem too cheap to pass on (esp. the bandsaw). What do you all think?

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#1 posted 06-18-2012 02:21 AM

I would jump on the bandsaw if you don’t already have one, though be mindful of any damage. I bought one off craigslist that had a broken pulley, cracked trunnion, bad tires, missing belt, rotting wiring, and seized-up bearings… took a lot of cash to fix up, though I love the thing now. I wish I had known more about the saw going into it, though that’s the risk you take I guess. See if you can get them to run the saw for you before purchasing.

-- Allen, Colorado

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#2 posted 06-18-2012 02:29 AM

I’ve had the 1706 bandsaw for 4 months and have had no problems. I paid about $580 for it new. I can’t imagine how anyone can overabuse it in 8 months. Lay out 3 c-notes in front of him and get a hell of a deal!

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#3 posted 06-18-2012 02:55 AM

I was talking bandsaw only. If I could get both for 750 id sell the band saw for 400 and keep the drum sander. Sure would like one.

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#4 posted 06-18-2012 03:05 AM

Take some scraps with you to try it out. Nothing tells you more about it then running wood thru it.

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#5 posted 06-18-2012 03:24 AM


I never knew how much I would use a drum sander until I bought one and now that I have had it for a couple of years I don’t know how I ever got along without it. I would definitely buy it since good deals on these are far and few in between. The bandsaw is the same…resawing alone is well worth it.

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#6 posted 06-18-2012 03:30 AM

That sander can be finicky. A decent deal, but not stellar. Remember that these do NOT come with a warranty. 60% of new would be a fair deal. So offer him $600.

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