|Forum topic by Joel_B||posted 01-07-2015 05:29 PM||1356 views||0 times favorited||12 replies|
01-07-2015 05:29 PM
A bandsaw is one power tool I don’t have and thought I would never need until now.
Cutting the 15 degree neck scarf joint.
Cutting curves into the 4 inch thick heel block.
Cutting the perimeter shape of the (very thin) top and back.
I can also see using it on some furniture projects to cut tapers and curves into legs and such.
I know a 14 inch saw is the norm but the cost, size and weight are a problem for me.
So here are the 10 inch bandsaws I am considering:
Craftsman 21400 $189.99 Seems to get pretty good reviews and the price is low. Rikon has the same unit at a higher price.
Steel City 2 speed – $305 Obviously it has 2 speeds vs the Craftsman one speed. I wonder if a motor speed control could be added to the craftsman of it is really of any benefit? I have read this is the same saw as the the more expensive Jet but it does look different to me. The Steel City and Jet both have 1/2 HP motors vs 1/3 HP for the Craftsman, I don’t know if this is significant.
Jet JWBS10-OS $374.99 I couldn’t find any information about one or two speeds which makes me wonder if it is the same as the Steel City saw. I am not sure what I would be getting for the higher price. I have not heard great things about Jet quality lately.
I realize none of these will work properly out of the box and will require setup and tuning which I am prepared to do. I have checked Craigslist and didn’t find anything locally and would be hesitant to buy an older unit which might need repairs.
Thanks for any suggestions / opinions.
-- Joel, Encinitas, CA