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Steve Kreins

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02-18-2014 06:12 PM


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#1 posted 02-18-2014 06:20 PM

what size are you looking for? Are you going to do lots of resawing or spiral cutting? 120v or 240v?
I don’t know other then check c.list often and be prepared to jump the second a good one pops up.
Whats your budget?

hey, that shop fox is sweet…

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#2 posted 02-18-2014 06:29 PM


Your limits are not just budget, but also space if I recall correctly… So let’s look at realities.

Unless you are needing to cut curves in thicker pieces, such as doing bandsaw boxes, and mind you, those are actually quite a bit of fun to make, but I digress, if you are cutting curves in say 1.5” or less thickness material, you would be better served by a jig saw than a band saw. I don’t think you were doing resawing, so a dedicated band saw might be overkill for your needs…

For what it’s worth, I am totally unfamiliar with your market, so I can only advise on the Houston market, but here goes…

Looking at Craigslist this morning, there are a number of 9 to 12 inch band saws, going for under $100.00. I personally like a 14” saw, but I must admit, it IS a bit big for most of my projects, only when resawing does the full size of this thing matter…

If you must buy new, and budget is that tight, give the Ryobi 9” at Home Depot a look. It seems to be the same as the Craftsman 9” that gets good reviews. Ryobi makes a lot of Craftsman’s tools, and if this is just the Craftsman 9” with blue instead of black plastics, it should be a winner…

The older Craftsman 12” can be had used pretty cheap, but I see fewer of them around here lately. I have friends up north that recently picked them up. One paid $50.00. Expect to buy new blades.

I would avoid the following types of saws.

#1. Any 3 wheel band saw. Every one of them I have heard of is trouble / breakage prone. Steer clear. #2. I am not a fan of Black And Decker. Their used saws can be had really cheap, for a good reason..

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#3 posted 02-18-2014 06:36 PM

What kind of work do you do? Giving some details would help. Just saying I need advice without knowing what you are looking for, except a BS, won’t certainly bring you the best advice.
Hope I could help more but with the lack of details I cannot.

Good luck in your purchase. .

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#4 posted 02-19-2014 12:10 AM

Shop Fox ….... Made in China. Ya get what ya pay for. Buy the best you can it’ll last you the longest and you won’t have any regrets. Do your research and don’t settle for less than the best. Cheap tools equal crappy results! been there, done that, got the T shirt.

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#5 posted 02-19-2014 12:26 AM

At the risk of simply repeating what others have said, I must echo that you have not provided sufficient information to give good specific advice.

So instead I will state as follows:

Used equipment can be an excellent buy. If you plan to restore the equipment then you can get even more saw for your money, but you will have to be prepared to take your saw apart and replace bearings, clean up rust, fix motors, etc.

If you do not plan to restore then you will want to stick with newer used equipment, or used equipment that has been very well looked after or recently restored.

If you do not like used equipment then the question becomes entirely about your budget.

If you plan to do a lot of resawing you will need to keep an eye out for hp of the saw. For a 14” bandsaw you will want at a minimum 1hp and better yet 2hp, to give you some idea. If you are not planning to resaw and are instead just interested in scroll work then hp becomes much less important.

Just as something random, here is a newer model craftsman bandsaw in your area. It is only a 10” but then again I have no idea what size you really need.

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#6 posted 02-19-2014 02:02 AM

Craigslist, obviously is going to be your first choice.

Not sure of your budget, but if you can spare $500, then the Grizzly G0555 bandsaws are great. I have the Anniversary edition with the riser block. I can, and have, resawed up to 12”.

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#7 posted 02-19-2014 03:16 AM


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