|Forum topic by etc6849||posted 07-19-2012 01:43 AM||5626 views||0 times favorited||13 replies|
07-19-2012 01:43 AM
I was looking into getting a lenox trimaster 1” wide, carbide tipped, 3/4 TPI (variable) blade. It appears this is very expensive for my Bridgewood PBS 440 bandsaw which requires a 145” blade, so I thought I’d seek advice before purchasing. I just bought the bandsaw, so I’m somewhat inexperienced.
I plan to mostly do rasawing and ripping, but will cut steel and aluminum some on odd jobs around the house too. I’d also like to cut slight curves as needed. Basically, I’d like to have a very versatile blade that still offers the best resaw cut if that’s possible.
I was thinking about purchasing from here, if there’s a better price with shipping included, please advise:
The blade alone comes to $222.49?!?
I’m also looking at these guides as the euro style GL 456 guides that came with the used saw have a small amount of play in them. I’m not sure if I’d notice an improvement or not, any thoughts?
I was planning on buying from carter directly as I couldn’t find them cheaper else where as the carter rep is offering 10% off. They come out to $234 – $23.40 + $14.90 shipping = $225.50! If you know of a cheaper place, please let me know on this too! Over all, the bandsaw is in great shape and looks new. I may be getting too anal on the euro guides as some play maybe normal?
I also saw that Laguna Tools has ceramic guide option, but it is even more at $285 and the replacement ceramic looks over priced too ($90). The parts Carter sells look much cheaper if I need new bearings down the road.
Honestly, I’m amazed at how much these bandsaw accessories cost. I’m interested in also hearing any “is it worth it?” advice too. I’m happy with the bandsaw and craigslist deal I got, although I’m not sure how good of deal it was either. I bought the 18” pbs440 bandsaw (made by ACM in Italy), a Robland 12” jointer/planer combo and an Excalibur sliding table for $1850 total. I can’t imagine who is buying this stuff new now that prices are even higher than what they were in 2001-2002.
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