Heads up on the Craftsman BAS350 Band Saw

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Forum topic by Rob posted 12-23-2013 11:27 PM 994 views 0 times favorited 0 replies Add to Favorites Watch
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12-23-2013 11:27 PM

For those of you that pulled the trigger on the Craftsman BAS350 Band Saw like I did shortly after it became available or those that are thinking about it, I just wanted to let you know that after less than a year of light usage, I had a lower wheel bearing go bad. From what I’ve been reading, this is quite common on the Rikon saws too. It started screeching but still worked. When I took the wheel off, I found that one bearing was fine while the other was frozen. I’m sure since this saw is a clone of the Rikon 321, one of the downgrades to hit the price point was to put in cheaper bearings. Not a big deal and I’ve ordered 4 Nachi 6203 2Z bearings to replace them in both wheels. I’ll keep the 3 good bearings I’m replacing as spares in case of another problem. The price wasn’t much, $28.75 with shipping and I’m sure you could find bearings for a lot less than what I paid but just wanted to give a heads up to keep an eye on your wheel bearings. Other than this problem, it has been a great Band Saw for what I need a Band Saw for. Happy Holidays everyone!

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