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Sandra

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576 days ago

Topic tags/keywords: bandsaw cross-border shopping question

The next tool I’d like to purchase is a bandsaw. I expect to do some resawing, but not sure how much.
I’m likely going to go for a 14” saw, but because I’m in Eastern Canada my options are limited.

My best options so far are

- buying online from BusyBee sight unseen based on reviews

- waiting until I go down to the States and going to the Rockler store in South Portland Maine. Their site lists bandsaws as ‘online only’, which means I would have to call the store to see if it could be delivered to the store for pickup. I’ll be driving down there twice in the next year.

Any thoughts from other cross border shoppers or other options?

I’ve been watching Kijiji but haven’t seen anything worth considering.

Thanks

-- No, I don't want to buy the pink hammer.


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ShaneA

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#1 posted 576 days ago

What about General? Anywhere around you display/carry them?

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Sandra

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#2 posted 576 days ago

No, only King Canada around here…. sad, really.

-- No, I don't want to buy the pink hammer.

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patron

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#3 posted 576 days ago

if you buy in the usa

what are the import to canada all about

might as well get a rikon if you can
best to be ready for unforeseen work
as your needs and skills progress

it’s a bummer to frustrate over starter tools later

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Monte Pittman

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#4 posted 576 days ago

I somewhat know your pain, my only choices locally come from big box stores. Generally lower qualityequipment. Good luck on your search.

-- Mother Nature created it, I just assemble it. - It's not ability that we often lack, but the patience to use our ability

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RonInOhio

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#5 posted 576 days ago

I’m pretty convinced I will over-buy on my next tool purchase. I have been eye-balling band-saws myself .For what a decent 14” costs, you can pay around 200 dollars more, and get a 17” 2 hp saw with cast iron trunnions that has 12 inches of resaw capacity vs 6 inches of resaw for the 14 inch. Grizzly.com

Of course everyone will have there own priorities and budget .

Good luck on whatever you decide on.

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DocSavage45

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#6 posted 576 days ago

Bought a grizzly 14 inch as it was well rated. Got the extension for it to increase capacity for sawing, resawing? As RonInOhio says buget? I believe the other issue is what will you do with it? Building smaller items or larger ones? Horspower is also a factor?

If I had it to do over would wait on a 17 inch saw. Probably a grizzly but that would be a budget decision.

You are talking Canada too….

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ruel24

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#7 posted 576 days ago

If you’re set on a brand carried by a brick and mortar store, I’d always support them first, even if it means spending just a little more. If you want them to stay in business in your area, you need to spend your money there. If you’re more interested in a direct brand like Hammer or Grizzly, well you only have one choice…

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Alexandre

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#8 posted 576 days ago

Sandra, Busy bee customer service is GREAT.
Rockler will have to ship it from usa to canada… Ummm Have you tried Normand? If you lived in Ontario, I would have told you to federated… They sell laguna.
Normand Sells General,
Busy Bee sells Craftex
Hmmm How about rideouttool?
http://www.rideouttool.com/ They have a store in Darmouth NS, Corner brook NL and St John’s NL

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lumberjoe

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#9 posted 576 days ago

You are going to have to pay the sales tax twice if you buy one from a brick and mortar in the US. I’m not sure what the tax is on where you are in Canada, but that could add over 20% to the price of the saw. There are certain bandsaws I would buy sight unseen. The 14” grizzly is a great deal right now, and the Rikon 325 is universally accepted as one of the better 14” saws on the market for under $1200

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Sandra

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#10 posted 576 days ago

Just checked out Grizzly. I could have the G0513P-17” bandsaw and mobile cart delivered for 1098.00.
The unknown would be how hard I’ll get hit with tax and duty. Provincial sales tax is 13% alone.

I’d prefer supporting a local business, but not willing to buy a piece of equipment I wouldn’t be satisfied with in order to do so.

Anyone use BusyBee out of Canada?

-- No, I don't want to buy the pink hammer.

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Sandra

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#11 posted 576 days ago

Thanks – I didn’t see the answer about BusyBee until I posted. I’ll check out Busy Bee. Buying from the US is a pia for even small items sometimes, would hate to pay for the bandsaw twice over.

-- No, I don't want to buy the pink hammer.

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Alexandre

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#12 posted 576 days ago

Did you check out rideouttool?
http://www.rideouttool.com/

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Sandra

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#13 posted 576 days ago

Alexandre – I’ve been on their website. I’m about 500km from them but I’ll add them to my list of possibilities.

Thanks

-- No, I don't want to buy the pink hammer.

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