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ADHDan

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10-30-2014 08:53 PM

Topic tags/keywords: question bandsaw

Does anyone have recommendations for new or used band saws in the $400 price range capable of resawing 4” or wider hardwood? I’ve been looking at Twin Cities Craigslist, but I don’t really know anything about band saws and so I’m not sure what to be looking for. I’d primarily be using it to bookmatch maple, walnut, and cherry offcuts for small projects.

Or am I just not likely to find a saw for this purpose without a bigger budget?

-- Dan in Minneapolis, woodworking since 11/11.


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#1 posted 10-30-2014 08:56 PM

Here is one for free:
http://minneapolis.craigslist.org/wsh/tls/4739016704.html

If you don’t like that one, there appears to be a bunch of saws for sale in your area within your price range..
Like this Jet: http://minneapolis.craigslist.org/wsh/tls/4739016704.html
Or this Cman Delta clone: http://minneapolis.craigslist.org/dak/tls/4733008881.html
Or this old Shopmaster: http://minneapolis.craigslist.org/wsh/tls/4732200948.html
Or this old Cman 12”: http://minneapolis.craigslist.org/dak/tls/4724135021.html
Or…

Cheers,
Brad

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#2 posted 10-30-2014 08:58 PM

I have an old Delta 14” that I completely restored after purchasing for $100. It does a good job with a quality 1/2” 3tpi blade and Carter guides. Most of the older saws can be picked up for $100 or under and with a little elbow grease and cash it can be made to cut anything you want.

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#3 posted 10-30-2014 09:03 PM

Brad – I considered that free one, but I’d rather pay for something a bit better than drive way out to Hugo for that one.

I’ll keep checking CL over the coming weeks, but in the meantime – what should I be looking for in terms of brands/size/HP, and what sort of work should I expect to put in on a used saw? I don’t think I’ve used one since I was 13.

-- Dan in Minneapolis, woodworking since 11/11.

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#4 posted 10-30-2014 09:17 PM

What do you think of this saw?

http://minneapolis.craigslist.org/dak/tls/4712966507.html

I’ve seen (presumably) the exact same model listed with blade for $200, and since I’m probably only going to be resawing for now I’d end up replacing the old blade with a Woodslicer anyway. For $120 it seems like a good deal, but what should I be on the lookout for when testing it out – especially since it doesn’t have a blade?

Thanks!

-- Dan in Minneapolis, woodworking since 11/11.

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#5 posted 10-30-2014 09:23 PM

That free one looks like a vintage classic.. I’d be all over it!

Pretty much any 10” or larger bandsaw will resaw 4” stock without too much trouble.. maybe even a 9” one could do it depending on design. As long as you have a sharp blade, HP should not be much of a concern.

Cheers,
Brad

-- Brad in FL - To be old and wise, you must first be young and stupid

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#6 posted 10-30-2014 09:39 PM

How about this Craftsman, it’s made by Rikon. I have this bandsaw and I think it’s good for the price. Downside is it doesn’t come with a fence so that will cost another $75.

http://www.sears.com/craftsman-14-inch-band-saw/p-00932607000P?prdNo=1&blockNo=1&blockType=G1

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#7 posted 10-31-2014 02:59 AM

While I agree with WhyMe in regards to the Craftsman and would go as far as saying it is currently the best value in its price point, I am very intrigued by the new Rigid. Home depot advises that it will be available online in late November.

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#8 posted 10-31-2014 03:58 AM

Any bandsaw with a good blade (3 TPI skip tooth is a good choice) and a fence can resaw. I’ve gotten perfect cuts off a Craftsman 9” benchtop model with the only downside being a 3” height limit. A standard 14” model based on the old Delta design works fine. It’s all about having a good blade and knowing how to setup the machine.

Some nice features to have would be good tires, tire brushes and dust collection at the bottom of the lower wheel.

Avoid the 3-wheel saws.

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#9 posted 10-31-2014 09:58 AM



How about this Craftsman, it s made by Rikon. I have this bandsaw and I think it s good for the price. Downside is it doesn t come with a fence so that will cost another $75.

http://www.sears.com/craftsman-14-inch-band-saw/p-00932607000P?prdNo=1&blockNo=1&blockType=G1

- WhyMe


I have this saw and use it with a 1/2” x 3 tooth blade. I resaw walnut, maple, mahogany 5” tall boards, no problem. I made my fence about 5” tall.

-- Gary

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#10 posted 10-31-2014 12:13 PM

I think a 14” saw would be minimum to resaw 4” stock. That is also one of the more common sizes of bandsaw and readily available in the used market, which is where $400 will lead you.

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#11 posted 10-31-2014 12:24 PM

I have the Central Machinery 14” from HF.
It is basically a clone of a Jet.
You can re-saw about 6”. I added a riser block and it will go to about 12”.
I found it on CL for about 200 several years ago. I have been VERY happy with it.

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#12 posted 10-31-2014 12:33 PM

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#13 posted 10-31-2014 12:34 PM



While I agree with WhyMe in regards to the Craftsman and would go as far as saying it is currently the best value in its price point, I am very intrigued by the new Rigid. Home depot advises that it will be available online in late November.

- qpthigpen

But it’s a Drill Press! From the info at the bottom of that linked page:
“RIDGID introduces the new 15 in. Drill Press. Fully equipped with industry leading features, it would be a great addition to any shop. With Registration, it qualifies for the RIDGID Lifetime Service Agreement, giving the user free part and service for life.”

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#14 posted 10-31-2014 01:09 PM

Stay away from the 12” bandsaw for resawing. They just don’t have the capacity. 14” is minimum if you want it for resaw and get one you can put a 6” riser on. As you start resawing the lumber you want to resaw just gets wider and wider as you progress. You need that capacity of the 14” saw with the ability to expand. I sarted with a 12” craftsman (still have it). For resawing it has been retired and I have a Jet 14” with 6” riser.

-- Bruce, Boise, ID

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#15 posted 10-31-2014 01:35 PM

Hmmm… thanks for all the input! So here’s what I’m thinking:

(1) Check out that 12” Craftsman for $125 at http://minneapolis.craigslist.org/dak/tls/4712966507.html. I may end up wanting something with more resaw capacity eventually, but assuming it’s in good shape and I maintain it I’d imagine I could resell it for at least $125 if I decide to upgrade.

(2) Pick up the Ridgid 14” band saw from Home Depot when it comes out (I’d probably snag a 10% off “just moved” coupon to bring it down to $400). Since it’s not out yet there are no quality reviews, but generally I’ve been happy with my Ridgid tools and I do love the LSA – especially since I live pretty close to a service center. Plus it’s a drill press!

(3) Pick up the Harbor Freight 14” band saw – http://www.harborfreight.com/14-in-four-speed-woodworking-band-saw-60564.html – which is currently on sale for $355 and would drop down to $270 with a 25% off coupon. It would be the cheapest new saw with that capacity, but it has pretty mixed reviews on the HF website.

So, thoughts? Would you vote for one of the above, or should I keep waiting on new Craigslist posts? One factor is that with a three month old and a 2.5 year old I have VERY little free time, which swings toward buying a new tool that ostensibly requires no elbow grease beyond setup. I’m not opposed to doing a little work to get a used saw up and running if it’s a great deal, but it looks like both the HD and HF saws might be viable new options.

I checked out that Jet, but it’s pretty far away and I don’t know when I’d be able to get to it.

-- Dan in Minneapolis, woodworking since 11/11.

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