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Forum topic by briandickens posted 09-04-2008 03:45 PM 18537 views 0 times favorited 19 replies Add to Favorites Watch
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09-04-2008 03:45 PM

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I had a lot of success buying a table saw from craigslist. When I was there, the guy offered to sell me one of his bandsaws. It’s been haunting me since then. Do I need a bandsaw? Do I want one? Is it more important than other things I could be spending money on?

So let me ask you guys. This is a Delta 28-190 12” bandsaw. I guess it would be called a benchtop saw? He wants $100 for it. Is that a good deal? It looked to be in good condition. What do you think?

Thanks as always.

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#1 posted 09-04-2008 03:50 PM

I can’t tell you if that is a good deal or not, I don’t know anything about Delta…. BUT… I can tell you that the bandsaw is now officially one of the most used machines in my shop since I’ve bought one a few months ago. I don’t know how I’ve done without it all these years.

-- As iron sharpens iron, so one man sharpens another. (Proverbs 27:17) †

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#2 posted 09-04-2008 04:18 PM

I’ve seen the Delta’s 12” go from $25 on craigslist to $150 – I would think that if it’s in good condition – $100 would be reasonable, but I’d still try to lower that price somewhat (maybe $70?)

That being said, the 12” bandsaw is larger then your usual benchtop (9”-10”) models but still smaller and not as powerful as 14” bandsaws (not even going to include 18”+ bandsaws in this discussions as these are on a class of their own).

the 12” is a woodworkers bandsaw and not merely a hobbyst saw and will let you do more than the smaller ones – BUT it’s not powerful enough if you want to go and start resawing lumber – this will be your limitation.

If you want a more compact bandsaw for intricate work – curves, clean up joinery, etc. the 12” bandsaw is a great value for $100. but if you think you’ll want to use a bandsaw for more than just that – I’d wait it off, and save up for something bigger.

I was at the same spot you are now – I was about to buy the delta 12” but decided to wait it off , because one of the things I wanted a bandsaw for – was to resaw green/dried lumber. I just got the 14” Rikon, and cannot be happier (but that was a much higher expense then $100)!

but your first question should be – what does a bandsaw does, and do you even need one? lol
second question would be – if you do need one – what do you need it for – what are you planning to use it for? this will dictate the “how much bandsaw” do you really need- and if the 12” will be sufficient.

note- they do not make 12” bandsaws anymore (delta and jet stopped making them)

-- ㊍ When in doubt - There is no doubt - Go the safer route.

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#3 posted 09-04-2008 04:22 PM

I actually have 2 bandsaws – a benchtop and a large Grizzly. I use them both a lot. The smaller one is good for general stuff like intarsia and I use the big one for resawing.

-- Bruce from Central New, if you'll pardon me, I have some sawdust to make.

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#4 posted 09-04-2008 04:25 PM

Thanks. That’s good advice. I’m looking at it for the ability to cut out complex shapes that the table saw can’t handle. I don’t think i’ll be resawing lumber anytime soon.

Should I worry that they don’t make the 12” saw anymore?

He’s got a bigger saw, but I don’t have the details. He wants more than I’m willing to spend on it for that one. 100 or less, I can think about.

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#5 posted 09-04-2008 04:59 PM

if that’s the case – go for it. the bandsaw is a master of all trades, and is a great tool to have.

bandsaw blade manufacturers still make blades of all sizes, but in terms of replacement parts, or accessories – the 12” BS are somewhat limited. nothing to break a sale – just keep that in mind.

go enjoy your new toy!

-- ㊍ When in doubt - There is no doubt - Go the safer route.

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#6 posted 09-04-2008 06:53 PM

I never pay more than 50% of retail for used tools unless they are less than a year old and in really great shape. One thing about used equipment is that you can usually resell it for the same price you paid for it. I have many times purchased a tool that was not really what I wanted and used it for a year or two while I saved up for what I really wanted.

-- DaveH - Boise, Idaho - “How hard can it be? It's only wood!”

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#7 posted 09-04-2008 08:07 PM

To the question of wether or not you need one I would say this, something I was told a few years ago:
A Bandsaw is for building furniture.
A Tablesaw is for building cabinets.

Tablesaws are loud dusty and dangerous. In my experience I have found that with some basic handtools and a good bandsaw i can do without my tablesaw all together…...Though it does make a good assembly bench….
The opposite is not true, the tablesaw can not duplicate the bandsaw. So I would say yes a Bandsaw is an indespensible item in my shop.

-- Soli Deo Gloria

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#8 posted 09-04-2008 08:08 PM

Since I got my bandsaw I’ve almost exclusively been resawing with it. I cut a few curves but resawing is a great tool that you didn’t know you needed.

That being said I have yet to do anything larger than about 6-7 inches which is about 1/2 of the capacity the riser allows for. So a nice 12” might keep you going.

I made a beautiful back panel out of a piece of ~1/2” thick quarter sawn mahogany. Bookmatched it made a really nice contrast to the maple and riftsawn mahogany the rest of the project used. That wasn’t something I could have considered without my bandsaw.

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#9 posted 09-04-2008 11:05 PM

$100 isn’t to bad. One thing about it, it’s a good start.

If you ever want to upgrade, you’ll be able to recover all that you paid for it.

-- -** You are never to old to set another goal or to dream a new dream ****************** Dick, & Barb Cain, Hibbing, MN.

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#10 posted 09-05-2008 01:19 AM

Brian, once you have a bandsaw you will wonder how you got on without one in the past. There a numerous small, medium & large jobs that the bandsaw can handle.

-- Grumpy - "Always look on the bright side of life"- Monty Python

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#11 posted 09-05-2008 01:45 AM

Yeah, turns out I was mistaken and got a bit excited. The 12” saw is the one he wanted $200 for. He has a smaller one – the actual benchtop sized saw – that he now wants $125 for. So, I’m passing for now. But now I have the bug and I’m going to be watching CL like a hawk. I’ll just make the curved cuts with a jigsaw for now.

Thanks for the advice and encouragement. Much appreciated!

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#12 posted 09-05-2008 03:29 AM

Yeah, I’ve seen a couple of people that wanted $200+ on CL for a 12” but I just had to pass on those, because for that much money – you can get a full size 14”...

and in regard to marcb – although a 12” bandsaw can accommodate resaw of 6” in terms of throat clearance – it is underpowered to handle that task most of the time.

-- ㊍ When in doubt - There is no doubt - Go the safer route.

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#13 posted 09-05-2008 04:06 AM

What motor does that 12” have? My 14” only has the 3/4 HP and while on some tough cuts I could wish for more the 3/4 is OK for most tasks (I don’t want to try to resaw brazillian cherry, but mahogany and some of the softer woods it does great, even hard maple).

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#14 posted 09-05-2008 04:21 AM

marcb – the delta (and I think the jet as well) 12” is 1/2 HP -much much nicer than the 1/5hp benchtop models, but still not enough juice for resawing.

I think the 12” is a GREAT bandsaw if all you need to do is intricate work, curves, and joinery. but it’s just not suitable for resaw.

-- ㊍ When in doubt - There is no doubt - Go the safer route.

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#15 posted 09-05-2008 05:01 AM

I was cutting some 3/8” pieces of blackwood to be used for pegs in some Greene and Greene furniture. The thing about a bandsaw is that you can cut wood that size safely. And you don’t have a lot of wasted wood. My piece was just a little over 3/4” thick and I was able to get two slices out of it. I then rotated it and cut 3 slices out of an 1 1/4 size piece.

With a table saw you could never cut the wood at all safely and have any wood left when you get finished.

I have 2 bandsaws a Sears 12” that I’ve had for 40 years and an 18” Taiwan model that I use for resawing and cutting strips of wood. I cut about 40 1/8” strips of Yellow Birch to be used as edge banding on the kitchen cabinets that I’m making. I’ll glue it to the edge of the 3/4” plywood.

-- I've been blessed with a father who liked to tinker in wood, and a wife who lets me tinker in wood. Southern Delaware soon moving to Virginia †

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