Need advice ... Is this a deal for a bandsaw?

  • Advertise with us

« back to Power Tools, Hardware and Accessories forum

Forum topic by Chris posted 06-18-2014 01:41 PM 1235 views 0 times favorited 27 replies Add to Favorites Watch
View Chris 's profile


177 posts in 1420 days

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!

27 replies so far

View Gene Howe's profile

Gene Howe

9763 posts in 3265 days

#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.

-- Gene 'The true soldier fights not because he hates what is in front of him, but because he loves what is behind him.' G. K. Chesterton

View bonesbr549's profile


1445 posts in 2903 days

#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.

-- Sooner or later Liberals run out of other people's money.

View PaulDoug's profile


1402 posts in 1540 days

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

Good advice!

-- “We all die. The goal isn't to live forever; the goal is to create something that will.” - Chuck Palahniuk

View WOODEEE's profile


1 post in 1275 days

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

Hello am new here i will like to know more about this site.

View muleskinner's profile


896 posts in 2273 days

#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)

-- Visualize whirled peas

View johnstoneb's profile


2640 posts in 2009 days

#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

-- Bruce, Boise, ID

View distrbd's profile


2252 posts in 2283 days

#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

View Chris 's profile


177 posts in 1420 days

#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?

View BinghamtonEd's profile


2286 posts in 2206 days

#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.

View Scootles's profile


153 posts in 1751 days

#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.

View ChefHDAN's profile


992 posts in 2686 days

#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.

-- I've decided 1 mistake is really 2 opportunities to learn.. learn how to fix it... and learn how to not repeat it

View BinghamtonEd's profile


2286 posts in 2206 days

#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.

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

View helluvawreck's profile


29158 posts in 2703 days

#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

-- If a man does not keep pace with his companions, perhaps it is because he hears a different drummer. Let him step to the music which he hears, however measured or far away. Henry David Thoreau

View Marcus's profile


1161 posts in 1856 days

#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.

View jonah's profile


1455 posts in 3135 days

#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.

showing 1 through 15 of 27 replies

Have your say...

You must be signed in to reply.

DISCLAIMER: Any posts on LJ are posted by individuals acting in their own right and do not necessarily reflect the views of LJ. LJ will not be held liable for the actions of any user.

Latest Projects | Latest Blog Entries | Latest Forum Topics