LumberJocks

Need opinion on Craftsman 12" bandsaw w/tilting table

  • Advertise with us

« back to Power Tools, Hardware and Accessories forum

Forum topic by abehil posted 09-26-2014 08:00 PM 1087 views 0 times favorited 23 replies Add to Favorites Watch
View abehil's profile

abehil

104 posts in 802 days


09-26-2014 08:00 PM

I’m still looking to buy my first bandsaw and this 12” Craftsman for $100 pops up. I don’t have the model number yet but the seller says it runs well. I asked if it has the tilting head and he says the table tilts on this one.

Is this enough information for someone to identify if it’s a two wheel and if the model with tilting table is not a bad model? I read that the Craftsman that has 3 wheels was problematic and I don’t know enough whether this model could be bad. There is a lot of posts about the tilting head model so it’s easier to make a judgement for me not really having experience with any bandsaw. I can’t get the model number till he is home again but this will not last at this price.

Thank you.


23 replies so far

View Dallas's profile

Dallas

3599 posts in 1950 days


#1 posted 09-26-2014 08:06 PM

Do you have a picture possibly?

If it’s like my old Craftman 12” with the 1 1/8HP motor, (exaggerated advertising), it’s a pretty good little unit but only has a 6” resaw capacity. It is also a 2 wheel unit with an 80” blade up to 1/2”.
I went through about 4 3 and 4 tpi blades before I learned how to lock the arm at 90° and never change it. That will screw everything up.
Good luck, mine was given to me about 4 years ago and works like a dream, up to it’s capability.

-- Improvise.... Adapt...... Overcome!

View CharlesA's profile

CharlesA

3022 posts in 1261 days


#2 posted 09-26-2014 08:07 PM

Do you have a pic? I have the Rikon 12” craftsman and it is a really good saw—basically a slightly smaller 14” That one at $100 is a steal.

-- "Man is the only animal which devours his own, for I can apply no milder term to the general prey of the rich on the poor." ~Thomas Jefferson

View abehil's profile

abehil

104 posts in 802 days


#3 posted 09-26-2014 08:11 PM

Here is a picture.

View ChefHDAN's profile

ChefHDAN

808 posts in 2313 days


#4 posted 09-26-2014 08:20 PM

If you’ve got room in the footprint of your shop I’d say wait and keep looking, the 14: saws can usually be found in the $150 to $250, and the extra space is priceless when you need it.

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

View CharlesA's profile

CharlesA

3022 posts in 1261 days


#5 posted 09-26-2014 08:21 PM

Given the pic, I’d say it is decent for most bandsaw ops, but very poor for resawing. That has become more important to me over time, so I would pass on this one if it were me. The blade in my 12” craftsman is 89.5” and gives 6+” of resawing capacity.

-- "Man is the only animal which devours his own, for I can apply no milder term to the general prey of the rich on the poor." ~Thomas Jefferson

View Dallas's profile

Dallas

3599 posts in 1950 days


#6 posted 09-26-2014 08:23 PM

This is what mine looks like, probably a 113.XXXX model.

-- Improvise.... Adapt...... Overcome!

View Dallas's profile

Dallas

3599 posts in 1950 days


#7 posted 09-26-2014 08:25 PM

I agree with CharlesA. If mine hadn’t been given to me I would have gotten a different one.

-- Improvise.... Adapt...... Overcome!

View CharlesA's profile

CharlesA

3022 posts in 1261 days


#8 posted 09-26-2014 08:28 PM

Mine looks like this. http://s263.photobucket.com/user/001photo/media/_MG_3231.jpg.html. I recommend this model if you can get a good price, $150 for mine.

-- "Man is the only animal which devours his own, for I can apply no milder term to the general prey of the rich on the poor." ~Thomas Jefferson

View Dallas's profile

Dallas

3599 posts in 1950 days


#9 posted 09-26-2014 08:48 PM

Charles, according to my Malware/Spyware software and my Antivirus, your link wants to install a bunch of unsolicited junk if you click on the link in the lower left window.

I do like your saw better than mine though!

-- Improvise.... Adapt...... Overcome!

View abehil's profile

abehil

104 posts in 802 days


#10 posted 09-26-2014 08:55 PM



Given the pic, I d say it is decent for most bandsaw ops, but very poor for resawing. That has become more important to me over time, so I would pass on this one if it were me. The blade in my 12” craftsman is 89.5” and gives 6+” of resawing capacity.

- CharlesA

When you say “poor for resawing” are you saying it can’t saw the 6” it says it should or are you saying 6” just isn’t sufficient for you anymore?

View Dallas's profile

Dallas

3599 posts in 1950 days


#11 posted 09-26-2014 09:18 PM

It probably doesn’t have enough resaw capability to be able to do what you want. That has to do with HP and blade capabilities mostly.

Mine says it’s 1 1/8HP but seriously, that is at what they call Locked Rotor draw.
Mine is probably closer to 1/2 or 3/4HP.

Anything less than that will make it almost painful to do resaws at 6” with.

-- Improvise.... Adapt...... Overcome!

View abehil's profile

abehil

104 posts in 802 days


#12 posted 09-26-2014 09:52 PM



It probably doesn t have enough resaw capability to be able to do what you want. That has to do with HP and blade capabilities mostly.

Mine says it s 1 1/8HP but seriously, that is at what they call Locked Rotor draw.
Mine is probably closer to 1/2 or 3/4HP.

Anything less than that will make it almost painful to do resaws at 6” with.

- Dallas

I’m probably not going to be resawing 6” blocks. I’m ok if it’s not a speed demon on the rare occasion that I might want to resaw 2×6’s.

I’m just about at the level where I am interested in building some shop cabinets for my garage and just want to do a better job than just a table saw is providing when needed. It’s my first bandsaw. I have time to find out if I need a bigger one. And the 14” around here are not selling for $100 like some like to brag about. $250 is the cheapest I’ve seen. And it’s 125 miles away in the boonies and it weighs double or triple the 12” saw and has no blade so I wouldn’t be able to test it out even.

I could get a Jet 10” for $150 but it only resaws up to 4.125” and while it’s a good looking saw I do want the option to resaw a 2×6 sized piece if I want to.

My next purchase will be a thickness planer. I missed one at $100 by a couple minutes – it sold in 20 minutes of being posted. Most of the planer’s on craigslist within about 250 miles from me are at about 80% new purchase price. I saw over 70 planers listed at that too high of a price and only ONE at $100. I think I’m going to have to buy a new one and it’s likey to be the Porter Cable PC305TP at lowes for $269 and I’ll be using a 10% coupon. Maybe they will honor a HarborFreight 20% coupon?

All in all this is a lot of money for a regular joe like me.

View Dallas's profile

Dallas

3599 posts in 1950 days


#13 posted 09-26-2014 10:16 PM

Hmmmm, where are you located? It’s not in your profile which is what helps a lot of us figure out what something in your area is worth.

If you want a nice planer, rebuild mine. You can have it free but you have to pay shipping.

It’s a 22-580 Delta that will do just about everything you want, as long as you are doing anything under 13 1/2”.

-- Improvise.... Adapt...... Overcome!

View Dallas's profile

Dallas

3599 posts in 1950 days


#14 posted 09-26-2014 10:22 PM

6” isn’t the question for the resaw, the problem would be how much power the motor has to be able to do the work.
A lot of the bandsaw and tablesaw mfg’s had a tendency to be overly optimistic about HP.

I’ve seen some of the the 12” saws that were under 1/5th HP. Look at the motor plate. How many watts?
How many amps does it draw?
Volts X amps = watts. Check to see it matches with the name plate.
HP is basically 746 watts, give or take 100 or less for losses.

-- Improvise.... Adapt...... Overcome!

View CharlesA's profile

CharlesA

3022 posts in 1261 days


#15 posted 09-26-2014 10:31 PM

Dallas, your malware detector must not like photobucket.

+1 to Dallas’ comments on resawing.

-- "Man is the only animal which devours his own, for I can apply no milder term to the general prey of the rich on the poor." ~Thomas Jefferson

showing 1 through 15 of 23 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

HomeRefurbers.com