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ccpenco

84 posts in 1981 days


1961 days ago

Topic tags/keywords: tip question bandsaw joining sanding sharpening woodburning veneering scrollworking refurbishing finishing carving milling shaping turning

Hey everyone, i’m looking for a cheap brand new bandsaw. does anyone know of any? it doesn’t need to be big, just a small one would do. i’ve been looking at the mastercraft ones….
Any reccomendations?


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NY_Rocking_Chairs

495 posts in 2195 days


#1 posted 1960 days ago

Alot of people have purchased and love the Grizzly G0555, runs about $500 delivered. Since you didn’t define “Cheap” we don’t know your price range.

Just one word of advice, though it is a bit overused, you get what you pay for and if you are looking for a saw to last a while it is better to invest a little more money now than having to buy a new saw in 5-10 years.

Good luck.
-Rich

-- Rich, WNY, www.nyrockingchairs.com

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kiwi1969

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#2 posted 1960 days ago

It,s people like you who want “cheap” new tools that have allowed all the poor quality machines to flood the market. Why new? Whats wrong with good low mileage used. Don,t waste your money on shit. And if you do don,t expect simpathy from us when you have problems with it.

-- if the hand is not working it is not a pure hand

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jeh412

129 posts in 1973 days


#3 posted 1960 days ago

Not familiar with the Mastercraft brand, but I know of quite a few people who bought small benchtop band saws and soon wished they had spent the extra money for a larger model. If you go with a bench top model, check as many reviews as you can.

-- John, co-owner Sawdust 'n Stitches

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DaleM

897 posts in 1982 days


#4 posted 1960 days ago

I would stay away from any of the small three wheeled benchtop models. I have an old Duracraft that I got free and the only thing that is worth saving off of it is the motor. Being that you are only 14 and trying to buy enough tools to outfit your shop, I’m guessing money is an issue so I agree with Kiwi that you may want to go with a used one if you have time to wait and shop Craigslist until one becomes available in your area. If you give us some idea of the money you have available though, I’m sure there are a lot of guys on here that would be willing to help you.

-- Dale Manning, Carthage, NY

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thelt

616 posts in 1977 days


#5 posted 1960 days ago

I started out with a second hand Craftsman 10” benchtop. I have used it for many more years than I care to mention. It still gets the job done. Somewhere along the line I got a used Jet 12”, floor stand and all, for $150.00. Now I looking for something bigger to resaw the big stuff. Nothing wrong with used. After a little fine tuning they work great.

-- When asked what I did to make life worthwhile in my lifetime....I can respond with a great deal of pride and satisfaction, "I served a career in the United States Navy."

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kiwi1969

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#6 posted 1960 days ago

Another point i forgot to mention is that for the money you are thinking of spending you may get a larger machine used than you would otherwise get if you buy new. 14” is the smallest you should go but if you find an 18” or larger used, then thats a bonus. I guess it depends on what you plan to make, but a good bigun, is better than a good smallun, every time. At your age it may be a while before you can afford to update so get a good one now.

-- if the hand is not working it is not a pure hand

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CharlieM1958

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#7 posted 1960 days ago

I have a little Delta 9” benchtop, which has now been replaced by this one.

It’s no substitute for a full sized saw, but it does come in very handy for many tasks.

-- Charlie M. "Woodworking - patience = firewood"

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ccpenco

84 posts in 1981 days


#8 posted 1960 days ago

thanks. i was looking for new specifically so that i could get company warranty etc.
but a good quality used would do just fine.
i was looking for under the 450$ range

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marcb

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#9 posted 1960 days ago

Used isn’t bad, and warranties are geared to run out the day before statistics say something will fail.

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mmh

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#10 posted 1960 days ago

I don’t recommend the RIGID bandsaw. We bought one from HD to replace an old Craftsman that was having issues, and I rather have the Craftsman back. The balance was off on the RIGID so it took a bit of adjusting and it’s still a little off, but works. I’ve heard good things about some of the tools from Grizzly but don’t know about the bandsaw.

-- "They who dream by day are cognizant of many things which escape those who dream only by night." ~ Edgar Allan Poe

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