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Forum topic by jim454 posted 01-09-2013 09:40 AM 1664 views 0 times favorited 7 replies Add to Favorites Watch
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01-09-2013 09:40 AM

Just seen this on craigslist not bad for $400.00. Hall & Brown Bandsaw

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#1 posted 01-09-2013 12:57 PM

To think, I just bought a Rikon 10-325!!! Otherwise I’d be all over this!!!

-- Randy-- I may not be good...but I am slow! If good things come to those who wait.... Why is procrastination a bad thing?

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#2 posted 01-09-2013 05:38 PM

It’s cool but I think it’s hard to find parts for that band saw.

-- "someone has to be wounded for others to be saved, someone has to sacrifice for others to feel happiness, someone has to die so others could live"

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#3 posted 01-09-2013 06:03 PM

One has to wonder how many human body parts were lost in that saw over the years. Between the blade and those open wheels, wow…
Still, even if you didn’t use it, what a great addition to a mancave.

-- Paul, Tennessee,

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#4 posted 01-09-2013 06:25 PM

Wow that’s gorgeous ,what a saw.

-- Custom furniture

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#5 posted 01-10-2013 03:53 AM

^^ What Jim said, a beauty.

I’ve been watching craigslist for an 18”+ bandsaw for a couple weeks now. This one just pop’d up:

But like surfside said, finding parts might be a pita. Assuming new tires, guides, bearings, gear box, etc.

-- --Rob, Seattle, WA

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#6 posted 01-10-2013 04:07 AM

That seller of the D&W saw spins a good yarn.

They are solid saws, but not worth what he claims
considering the very good steel framed saws on the
market these days.

When you get into 30” and larger cast iron frame
saws, the mass starts to really translate to reduced
vibration. The value of an extremely low vibration
bandsaw in cutting wood is dubious in anything
other than a factory situation with one guy running
the saw for a full shift. Beyond a certain point,
the vibration throws off the operator more than
it throws off the cut line.

Modern steel frame saws with their nice guides and foot brakes
perform pretty well and at a lower cost than
large cast iron saws.

Still, that Hall & Brown is a nice old saw and will
serve well as a deep-throated saw. As a deep
resaw it probably won’t outperform modern
steel framed saws without a lot of custom

... a little opinionated and feel free to disagree –
I love vintage machinery and feel it’s a great
way to economically acquire larger capacity machines.


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#7 posted 01-10-2013 11:52 AM

This Hall & Brown saw is actually quite nice. If the saw doesn’t have any broken castings or missing parts, it would be quite serviceable. The only down side for me would be the babbit bearings. You’ve got to be pretty judicious about keeping these well oiled. The comments above on the mass of the machine are right on the money. Two things to consider are the conditions of the babbit and the condition of the tires. If these look good, then a 30” bandsaw at this price is a steal. The D&W saw seems a bit overpriced. It’s a really nice saw, but I’d expect to pay $400-$600 range for something like that.

-- -Arthur

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