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Forum topic by Chris posted 06-18-2014 01:41 PM 1355 views 0 times favorited 27 replies Add to Favorites Watch
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06-18-2014 01:41 PM

I think this is the 3rd forum topic I have started about potential bandsaws I have been eyeing on craigslist. I have the space for a bigger bandsaw so the consistent advice I have received from fellow LJ’s is ‘go with a bigger used bandsaw versus a 9 – 10 inch bandsaw.’

Well, I can’t afford something upwards of $150 so it has been a difficult hunt. Anyway, I am planning on meeting with the poster of this craigslist add this evening:

When I spoke with him on the phone last night he told me he purchased it used and just hasn’t used it so he is trying to get rid of it. He didn’t have a model number handy and said it is working good. Thoughts? Advice? I am new to wood working so any advice on what to look for and what is a fair deal would be greatly appreciated. Thanks!

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#1 posted 06-18-2014 01:52 PM

$80 is not a bad price, but IMO, it’s not a great saw.
Keep looking for a 14”. Be patient, they are out there. $150 should get you a nice used one.

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#2 posted 06-18-2014 01:55 PM

Agreed that is not a great saw. Be patient. I found a 1934 Delta 14” for around 200. Keep watching something will pop up.

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#3 posted 06-18-2014 02:08 PM

Good advice!

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#4 posted 06-18-2014 02:11 PM

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

Previous posts are right – it’s not a great saw but… I have the same saw and while not great it is adequate. For $80 bucks you’re going to either be lucky or heroically patient to find anything significantly better. And while you’re patiently waiting to be lucky, you’ll have a band saw that you can probably recoup the $80 from when something better comes along.

(p.s. doesn’t look like it has a fence (neither did mine) so you’d have to fabricate one)

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

I have one of those and just recently added a Jet 14” band saw to my collection. I kept the 12” saw and still use it. It doesn’t have the power for serious resawing. It will resaw smaller pieces and the softer hardwoods. If you are trying to resaw 5” of padauk it is struggling. As the previous posters stated it is not a great saw but tuned up and with the right blades it is serviceable. And $80 is not a bad price, always try for a lower price start at $50

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#7 posted 06-18-2014 02:33 PM

Chris,a few months down the road you would regret buying this saw or any other band saw smaller than 14”,this has been my personal experience(and probably the experience of many others here),I had a 9” then a 10” then a 14” and took me a while to get rid of the smaller ones ,sold them at greatly reduced price b/c I got sick of moving them around my small shop just to store them.

You may think you will get by with a smaller bandsaws but buying the right size will in fact save you money, space,and a lot of headache.

-- Ken from Ontario, Canada

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#8 posted 06-18-2014 02:48 PM

Thanks all for the input. I definitely get that there are a lot of better bandsaws out there and for more money, with some time/luck, I could get a bigger/better bandsaw. I was looking for some insight on this particular saw and it seems as though it is getting mixed reviews but it is coming at a fair price. Any other thoughts?

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#9 posted 06-18-2014 03:02 PM

I paid under $200 for my ‘84 Delta 14”. Keep waiting. I think Ken was right, you’d soon wish you would have waited for something better.

-- - The mightiest oak in the forest is just a little nut that held its ground.

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#10 posted 06-18-2014 03:07 PM

Can someone explain to me where the 12” comes in? I’ve looked at bandsaws and the open blade area is usually tiny… like 5-6 inches on what was called a ‘12 inch bandsaw’. Naturally I would think the 12” would be that much blade available for cutting, but it isn’t.

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#11 posted 06-18-2014 03:26 PM

Chris, not sure where you’re located exactly, but this one came up in Fayetteville; As is said above, if you buy the CS saw you’re considering now, and put cash into it to get it running as you wish, that expense will only be added to the cost of buying a bigger one when you realize the CS is too small and underpowered.

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#12 posted 06-18-2014 03:36 PM

The 12” refers to the wheel diameter and usually in turn throat capacity (between the blade and the vertical column holding the upper wheel assembly on). So a 14” would have just under 14” throat depth.

I think…

Edit : I think my 14” delta has about 6” of vertical blade depth exposed max. A riser kit would obviously bump that up.

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#13 posted 06-18-2014 03:42 PM

I believe that I would hold off on this saw. I think that you will find a better deal.

helluvawreck aka Charles

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#14 posted 06-18-2014 04:08 PM

I’m with Mule on this one. It’s a good deal for $80. Might you find twice the saw for $150 at some point…probably, but you might as well use this saw for $80 while you’re waiting. I would think when it comes time to resale if you do upgrade, $80 is a very reasonable expectation of what you could get.

...and you could always offer him $50 and see if he bites.

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#15 posted 06-18-2014 04:46 PM

I have a virtually identical Craftsman saw. I paid $100 for it several years ago. It’s a decent saw, but long term I’m definitely planning to replace it with a 14-17” saw.

I think for $80 or so (you could probably get it for $70) you could do a whole lot worse than that saw. They’re not bad, especially if you are using it the way most people do (cutting curves, rough cutting, etc). I don’t resaw on mine, but you definitely can with a good 1/2” blade. As people note, resaw depth is limited on that saw.

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