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01-05-2015 05:30 PM

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Hey friends,
My name is Josh I am new to this forum and new to woodworking at home. I used to work in cabinetry for many years until I switched trades and now do electric motor repair, I have recently turned my 400 SF garage into a woodshop and am in my first stages of buying equipment this evening I had a chance to go look at a craftsman 12” bandsaw/sander and a craftsman 15.5” drill press they are in great clean condition the guy is firm on $275 what are your thoughts and experience with either of the craftsman machines I know their new stuff isn’t the greatest but their older products were good machines. Thanks for having me part of the forum!


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#1 posted 01-06-2015 06:59 AM

Bump

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#2 posted 01-06-2015 11:49 AM

what are the model numbers? I have a 12” craftsman bandsaw that is about 8 years old, I like it.

What are your plans for the saw? Project size and scope?

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#3 posted 01-06-2015 12:28 PM

The drill press plays to pretty good reviews on other forums. They made it for a long time. I am assuming this is a floor model. It seems to be worth about $125, according to what others have paid in the last year or so.

The bandsaw/sander, on the other hand, not so much. I don’t know if you can still get the sanding strips, or whatever they call them. And otherwise it is a small bodied 1/2 Hp bandsaw, decent for small stuff, but very limited. You can buy one on eBay right now for $89.99. That makes your drill press $175, way too much in my mind.

As a disclaimer, most people on here who know me also know I am no fan of Craftsman…

-- Paul, Tennessee, http://www.tsunamiguitars.com

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#4 posted 01-06-2015 12:41 PM

I think that it is too much and $200 would be better. One consideration is your location and how many others are available. It would be helpful to give a general location in your profile.

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#5 posted 01-06-2015 03:06 PM

Thanks for the advice, right now the bandsaws in the Oregon location are going for $75-150 and the closest thing to the drill press I’m looking for is the 8” bench top and they are in the $90-100 range, the one I looked at was a 15 1/2” floor standing press. Most of the equipment on CL is in bad cosmetic condition with some rust. These are just machines I’m going to start out on and get a feel for and learn how to use the bandsaw, I did cabinetry for some time soley face frames, I loved that job working around all the saws and screwing frames together so this whole new woodworkibg at home is starting to be another realm I’m realizing. Also he’s throwing in 6” bench grinder, 2 sets of extra blades new, 1 new sanding strip, the bandsaw comes with miter gauge and a hokey fence but it will work, wood working project book but not vise for the press, thanks again

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#6 posted 01-06-2015 03:21 PM

As a disclaimer, most people on here who know me also know I am no fan of Craftsman…

- Tennessee

Me neither to be honest with you I like to buy good stuff that will last a long time just figured for the price of $275 it’s s good beginner package also my grandpa is giving me a really clean craftsman scroll saw for free so I mentally think wow look at what I got this week for this $ amount, I have lots of face Frame experience, lots of experiece building benches ect but the fine woodworking I’m starting to realize is nothing like FF it will take alot of patience and dedication on my part but I LOVE it, just started a month ago at home here is a few pics of what I have so far.. Just got the miter 2 weeks ago love it and picked up the Rockwell model 10 about a month ago and upgraded to the Incra

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#7 posted 01-07-2015 03:10 AM

Sweet!! New toys in the shop! Not bad for 275. All the manuals, 2 extra new blades, sanding strip and 6” bench grinder

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#8 posted 01-07-2015 03:15 AM

Welcome to wood working. Watch your fingers

-- Rich

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#9 posted 01-07-2015 03:17 AM

Watch your fingers and dollars it’s just as easy to lose both of them ;)

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#10 posted 01-07-2015 03:18 AM

As far as drill presses I find it hard to beat the Porter Cable at LOWES. My GF got me one for Xmas. For $319 I don’t thing you can beat it NEW.

For one the spindle travel is just shy of four inches. Try finding that with any other DP for under $500.

I aint used it for boring holes in anything yet but if you put a 1 1/s inch spade bit on it it makes a killer Margarita

-- Rich

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#11 posted 01-07-2015 03:22 AM

I would pass.

Check out http://machinerymax.com – they do a lot
of shop liquidations in the bay area and the lighter
grade equipment often goes super cheap.

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#12 posted 01-07-2015 03:56 AM

I already purchased them ;)

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