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Topic tags/keywords: question miter saw router bandsaw

What would you buy in power tools?

I know there are other threads like this but I have to ask..

I have 3 things I could immediately find a use for..

New router for large plywood panel dados/rabbets
A decent accurate miter saw
A decent bandsaw for resawing

If these were you, with the limitation of going to sears.. what particular machine(s) would you get?

Guess it wouldn’t hurt to have a power planet but I have hand planes..

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#1 posted 311 days ago

May sound like a jerk, but I don’t buy power tools at Sears anymore.


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#2 posted 311 days ago

Ive seen some good reviews on the bandsaw justin. I think lumberjoe just got one. He’s a tough but fair critic imo. I bought my worksharp there. I do believe they sell the dewalt planers too.

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#3 posted 311 days ago

If you shop the online sears, there isn’t much of a limitation on choice anymore since they have become a reseller for just about everyone. For example you mention a need for a router. They sell: Craftsman, Bosch, Dewalt, Porter Cable routers and accessories by them and a dozen other makers. Of course their website sucks harder than a Hoover and their pricing for non-craftsman tools is ridiculous, but if you’re playing with someone else’s $300 that’s just a minor inconvenience.

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#4 posted 311 days ago

Their newer routers by Chervon get pretty good marks from most that use them….not quite Milwaukee or Bosch grade, but good routers for the price. Lots of other brands to pick from too…..clamps, router bits, saw blades, etc.

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#5 posted 311 days ago

They sell the Rikon 14” band saw in black and silver paint, for about 100 to 200 less than Rikon sells the green one. Have seen it for as little as $350. That’s cheaper than the HF 14” band saw. Think it comes without a fence, but that is no obstacle for me. I’d make my own fence for a band saw any way.

Their miter saw was a best value in a recently published magazine; think it was Handyman magazine.

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#6 posted 311 days ago

I’d grab the bandsaw.

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#7 posted 311 days ago

Bandsaw and router

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#8 posted 311 days ago

Shoes, shirts, anyting but a tool.

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#9 posted 311 days ago

Jim- you obviously haven’t bought clothes from Sears lately. LOL.

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#10 posted 311 days ago

Bandsaw, no doubt

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#11 posted 311 days ago

sell it for $250 and buy tools elsewhere.

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#12 posted 311 days ago

I think you’ll be hard pressed to get a band saw for resawing under $300 but the Craftsman 10” has gotten pretty good reviews. I’d be tempted by the Porter Cable 8” bench grinder.

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#13 posted 311 days ago

You can get the Craftsman 14” BS for about $350ish- out the door. Its habitually on sale. Gets pretty respectable reviews from LJs. I’d buy one myself if I didn’t already have a BS. But you’d be limited to 8” resaw capacity….which ain’t bad in most cases.

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#14 posted 311 days ago

Yep, sell it for $250 and put that money towards a Festool Domino.

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#15 posted 311 days ago

Jim Finn, I buy my clothes at Harbor Freight.

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