|Forum topic by iJoe||posted 02-16-2014 11:42 PM||2387 views||0 times favorited||17 replies|
02-16-2014 11:42 PM
Hello all, first time poster looking for some advice. I’ve recently been looking at band saws and with all the options, pros and cons of each brand, I’m about drove nuts. I have narrowed my choices down to the following three saws:
Craftsman BAS350 (Rikon clone)
Lowe’s Porter Cable PCB330BS
As you may well tell from my choices, I am trying to keep a budget of between $400-$500. Here is what I will most likely be using the band saw for cutting band saw boxes, patterns, and parts for other projects. I doubt I will be doing much resawing as I will more than likely buy my lumber already sized and surfaced for now. Here is what I have been able to learn about these saws.
The Craftsman BAS350 has some good reviews. The 8 inch resaw capacity would allow me to cut larger band saw boxes and perform an occasional resaw. It is also on sale right now for $399. The cons with this saw is the possible lack of support down the road. I am also wary of the more expensive yet less available blades for this saw. I’ve also read that since the saw only has one trunion, the table can flex a bit. Additionally, the minimum blade size is supposedly 1/4”. I don’t know how much a 1/4” blade will limit me with cutting band saw boxes and other scroll type work.
The Porter Cable uses the more available 93.5” blades, has a one horse power motor (same as craftsman), and a larger table. It also features two cast aluminium trunions and has overall good reviews on Lowes.com. It will accept a 1/8” blade unlike the Craftsman. It is about $50 more than the Craftsman however.
Lastly, the Grizzly G0580. I haven’t found many reviews about this saw because I imagine that most people just pony up the extra cash and buy the G055. However, it is $100 more than the G0580 and $205 more than the Craftsman when including freight. As far as I can tell, I can’t see much difference spec wise between the G0580 and Porter Cable. All I know is that the Grizzly brand seems to be well received.
So folks, I put it to you. Which band saw would be best for me considering my budget and the work I’ll be performing? Am I overlooking anything? Any advice would be greatly appreciated, especially from those who own one or more of these saws. I also know if I only spend X amount more I can get a better or bigger saw, but this is my budget and I want to stay within it. Thank you in advance!
-- Jigsaw, band saw, table saw, scroll saw. Of these I have none.