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05-12-2013 02:37 AM

Topic tags/keywords: question bandsaw

http://huntsville.craigslist.org/tls/3798806627.html

has anyone had any experience with a reliant bandsaw?
don’t seem like a bad price but not sure if its worth buying.
i’d like to do re-sawing with it and also some cut-outs.i don’t look as if it has a fence with it though.
any comments would be appreciated,thanks in advance.marty.

-- Marty.Athens,AL


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#1 posted 05-12-2013 03:02 AM

If it runs and the tires are still good , doesn’t seem like $125 is unreasonable. The Reliant brand used to be sold by WoodWorkers Warehouse. They became extinct about 2003 around here. Those pictures in the ad are just about worthless. Can’t tell if it’s sitting on an open leg stand or an enclosed base , or just on a benchtop.
The label photo is almost showing the date of manufacture , but not quite.
Missing fence isn’t really a big deal , but is a bargaining chip. Offer him $75-80 after you see it in person. : )

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#2 posted 05-12-2013 03:05 AM

It was a house brand for Trend Lines, then a brand at
Woodworker.com. I suppose the Reliant line was folded
into the Woodtek line.

Before Grizzly became a 500 lb Gorilla, there were a
lot of brands of Taiwan imports like Reliant.

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#3 posted 05-12-2013 03:23 AM

thanks for the help guys,i’m thinking on calling bout it in the morning.

-- Marty.Athens,AL

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#4 posted 05-12-2013 02:37 PM

assuming it’s in proper operating condition, it’s hard to go wrong on a saw like that for only $125.

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#5 posted 05-12-2013 07:08 PM

for $125, go check it out. Relient made decent tools, and most of the BS from that era were clones of each other. If the trunions are in good shape and it runs, I’d but it @ 125 in a heartbeat.

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#6 posted 05-12-2013 07:18 PM

Taiwan band saws from that period were not all that
fabulous. They were inferior clones of the Delta saws,
which set a pretty high standard.

In general, with older Taiwan-made band saws you should
expect to need to do a significant amount of tuning to
prepare the saw for making accurate straight cuts.

You’ll need to assess co-planarity of the wheels. Some
people like co-planar setups and some don’t.

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#7 posted 05-13-2013 11:57 AM

Marty, change the color and the name plate…that is a spot on match for the Central Machinery (HF) bandsaw sitting downstairs. I added a fence and tuned that critter according to some good info I received on here…it works like a champ and didnt break the bank.

-- Buster, Ocoee TN (Critics are men who watch a battle from a high place then come down and shoot the survivors - Hemingway)

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#8 posted 05-13-2013 04:46 PM

Reliant was a notriously poor line of machines. The old Woodworkers Warehouse trendline junk. If you were friendly with the sales staff at WW they would warn about Reliant outright and the decent sales staff would at least try to steer the average customer away from Reliant. Add the fact that Reliants are all orphans with no support and you may want to save up for something else.

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