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04-08-2013 12:52 AM Anyone have any experience with this saw? Good buy? It uses a longer blade than most 14” saws?

-- " I'll try to be nicer, if you'll try to be smarter" gfadvm

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#1 posted 04-08-2013 01:06 AM

Andy, there is rust on the table. I have to ask myself “Why?”. Did he leave it outside?

Pros: 2 speeds, 14” width

Cons: Odd size blade, Rust, only 8” high throat for a 99” blade? That seems very odd. How old is it? 1/2 price for used, but then it is not a top end saw. I’d say $150 at the most. And test it before you offer anything. Be VERY suspect with this particular one.

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#2 posted 04-08-2013 01:17 AM

can’t have to any band saws andy
(i have 5 but not all set-up yet
from lack of room)

this will re-saw to 8”
(why the longer blade)
making it nice for that
or for the occasional jig set-up

leaving your other for scroll work

it makes a good anchor if it doesn’t work out
for when you go fishing

and you will be blessed if you buy it

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#3 posted 04-08-2013 01:18 AM

Rance is pretty darn observant. I was just going to say to look at it in person if possible. Easier to talk them down eye to eye.

-- Nature created it, I just assemble it.

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#4 posted 04-08-2013 01:24 AM

It’s essentially a Craftsman branded Rikon 10-320. I may get this saw, since the Grizzly I wanted is on backorder.

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#5 posted 04-08-2013 01:32 AM

dont even think about it andy

-- no matter what size job big or small do a job right or don't do it at all.

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#6 posted 04-08-2013 01:36 AM

Andy, I’m not experienced with this saw but the newer Craftsman tools are, well…. I like the older tools. That said $150 or less, I would consider it. The 8’ re-saw capacity is a plus too.

-- Good judgement comes from experience and experience comes from poor judgement.

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#7 posted 04-08-2013 01:38 AM

The body does look in bad shape. No telling what the innards are like. With a coupon and a sale, you can get this new for 340-350.

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#8 posted 04-08-2013 01:45 AM

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#9 posted 04-08-2013 01:49 AM

Andy, I have a 12’’ 2-speed Crapsman that keeps throwing the belt cuz the pulley won’t stay put…..

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#10 posted 04-08-2013 01:56 AM

You guys are all very helpful (and fast). I probably should elaborate as to what I’d use it for: I would like to leave my big saw set up to resaw and use this one for small stuff/curves with the Carter Stabilizer that I already have.

Blaine_Why did you say “don’t even think about it?”

I just missed a great buy on a Jet on CL here so still looking.

I appreciate all of you taking the time to try to help.

-- " I'll try to be nicer, if you'll try to be smarter" gfadvm

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#11 posted 04-08-2013 02:03 AM

Andy, I have a 12” Craftsman which has been a good saw other than a starter capacitor. But….
I don’t really use it as much as some people do.

-- bowtie,.....jus passin thru....

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#12 posted 04-08-2013 02:04 AM

gfadvm I have that band saw I use it to cut my oak table top’s I got it for $ 400 becuse it wasnt what the guy whated but it has been a good saw but I never thought of useing it to resaw with.

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#13 posted 04-08-2013 02:37 AM

I have that saw Andy and I like it for what I paid for it.
The one in that add kinda looks like it’s been rode hard and put away wet.
If it checks out and you can get him down a little, I’d say why not?

-- Eric, central Florida / Utor praemia operibus duris

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#14 posted 04-08-2013 02:52 AM

Looks a little “rough around the edges”!!!

Given the table rust & general appearance, it WILL need either a little or a lot of TLC.
What else could be wrong…

I would think better deals will appear, as long as you don’t need it ASAP!

-- 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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#15 posted 04-08-2013 03:08 AM

Thanks guys. I really don’t NEED it. I just WANT a second BS. The seller never replied so maybe he found another ‘victim’!

-- " I'll try to be nicer, if you'll try to be smarter" gfadvm

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