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Forum topic by YanktonSD posted 02-15-2013 02:33 AM 1416 views 0 times favorited 9 replies Add to Favorites Watch
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02-15-2013 02:33 AM

I am looking at getting a budget bandsaw. Right Now I am debating on the porter cable 14” for 449.00 (1.5 hp) the Craftsman 14” for 404.00 1 hp, Or the Rigid BS1400 for 369.00 .75 hp I can also buy this saw locally for 275 on craigslist. My gut is telling me to buy the porter cable or wait a few more months to get a grizzly. But I have been hindered as to some of the project I can make with out a bandsaw and a jigsaw only goes so far. Specifically I would like to make a few bandsaw boxes.

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#1 posted 02-15-2013 02:40 AM

I got my Porter-Cable at Lowe’s on sale for $199, about a year ago. Have had not one iota of trouble with it. Got a riser block from Grizzly – cheepist I could find ( the kits are all the same) – had to modify the pins to fit, but all went just like it was supposed to.

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#2 posted 02-15-2013 03:40 AM

of the ones noted above, skip the BS1400, unless it’s dirt cheap and you don’t mind investing time and money to make it function well. of all ridgid’s stationary power tools, the bs1400 is the weak link.

i saw a posting of a similar question on another forum about the PC and it turned out that the motor isn’t really 1.5hp. i’d humbly suggest investigating the rating of that motor before proceeding on it.

as for the c-man, it’s not a terribly bad little saw. it was better as the 22401, which i think popWW rated a top value in a comparison test a few years back. the BAS350 is a stripped down version of that saw. if time is not of the essence, wait for a good grizzly. they offer a great deal of value and are usually nominally reduced around year end.

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#3 posted 02-15-2013 04:28 AM

I have the Porter Cable and love it. They have a riser kit available now for $80 that fits quickly – no modification needed. I resawed 10 inch board of walnut with little effort.

Also, some Lowes accept Harbor Frieght 20% off coupons. I heard about it too late for my bandsaw purchased, but tried it with my PC table saw and the manager accepted a 25% Harbor Frieght I had (saved $150). If the 1st Lowes managers says no try another Lowes. Some say they it took them 3 different stores to find a manager that accepts Harbor Frieght coupons.

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#4 posted 02-15-2013 04:29 AM

I have the Ridgid. I got mine on clearance for $175. Even at the low price, I still consider it to be mediocre (at best).
If I were buying a new BS today, I’d probably go with the craftsman. I’ve looked at it in stores and was really impressed with the fit/finish/features. You can occasionally catch it on sale for under $400 and coupon codes for $40-60 off are pretty common. That said, it can be had for under $350. A great value.

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#5 posted 02-15-2013 04:34 AM

Why not set up a few Google alerts for bandsaw on Craigslist and see what pops up? I think you could easily get way more saw for the same money or less used. Google alerts lets you set up a email notification the second an add with your keyword pops up. I got a great deal on a banjo with this and they guy was amazed at how fast I called. Within a few minutes of the add going up! With good used bandsaws this could be your advantage. Good luck.

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#6 posted 02-15-2013 05:04 AM

I have noticed that Craigslist has gone nuts. !2” craftsman bandsaws for sale at 400$.. and if you see a jet or a delta used and about 20 years old they are going for around 8-900 here.

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#7 posted 02-15-2013 05:17 AM

No way, where are you? Park Avenue? :-) Is SD for South Dakota? I have to believe those saws sit on CL for a loooong time.

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#8 posted 02-15-2013 06:06 AM

I have seen a lot of really bad reviews of the BS1400. In particular castings breaking fairly easily, and no replacement parts available. (Granted this could be nothing more than the 5% of people who are unhappy posting reviews and the 95% who are happy not posting, but it is worth noting)

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#9 posted 02-15-2013 08:39 PM

Keep on searching for reviews for the band saws you are eyeing on.

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