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Cole McFarland

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12-14-2012 02:01 AM

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Hi everybody! Alright, this is the last question ill ask for awhile. I would like a bandsaw. Under 150$... Any recommendations? It’s just going to be for bandsaw boxes, and intricate cuts. Thanks for all of your help you all have given me.

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#1 posted 12-14-2012 02:23 AM

This is what I have. I think it cost me 163 on sale with free Craftsman Club membership. It works great for cutting curves and ripping.


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#2 posted 12-14-2012 02:23 AM

Might be hard to find a good bandsaw at that price unless you go used.

A few years back, sears had their rikon made bandsaw on sale for $99 so I grabbed that. It’s a 10” model and works well, but I’ve already hit the size limitations more than once. When I can, I’m getting a nice 14”.

Yep, the once Rich posted is the one I have.

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#3 posted 12-14-2012 02:27 AM

One of the WW mags just had a small bandsaw review/testing. Now I cant remember which mag or what saw “won” lol. But for $150 new, bandsaw boxes maybe a tough one. Capacity and power could be an issue. $150 used, you may be able to get a 14” model, with patience. Good luck.

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#4 posted 12-14-2012 03:31 AM
What scares me about that particular bandsaw, is one, it looks pretty old and worn out. I am pretty handy with motors, but to find a part or two for something old could be a stuggle. I figured a 12 inch would be better than a 10. I realize it may just need cleaned up. But would a scroll saw be able to make a bandsaw box? or is it too small?

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#5 posted 12-14-2012 04:06 AM

If you want a band saw for a $150 I would not consider a band saw that is less than 14” for general woodworking use
I have owned smaller band saws and have found them to only work for very small projects if at all. If you must stay in this price range most new band saws that are in the 14” range are of lower quality(if can find one in that price range) so you may have to consider a higher price or a used band saw. There are many post on Ljs on what band saw to buy so it you do a search you will have lots of input on what brands and options are best . Good luck on what ever saw you decide to get.

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#6 posted 12-14-2012 07:20 PM

I agree with nitewalker. It might take time for you to find band saw under $150 . If you’ll go to used band saw, you’ll definitely find one . Just make sure that the wheel won’t wobble and the cast iron wheels are still in good state.

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#7 posted 12-15-2012 12:11 AM

I may be getting my grandfathers bandsaw. All he could tell me is “it’s a big one”. So bandsaw boxes coming soon!

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#8 posted 12-15-2012 12:41 AM

Good to hear. And once you’ve used a “big” BS, you’ll be glad you didn’t settle for a small machine.
I was considering a 10” saw a while back. Folks on this site convinced me that holding out for a larger machine would be worthwhile.
They were right.

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