Craftsman or Grizzly bandsaw Jet 14'' price check

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Forum topic by Cosmo posted 03-16-2009 11:28 AM 12962 views 0 times favorited 21 replies Add to Favorites Watch
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03-16-2009 11:28 AM

Topic tags/keywords: bandsaw craftsman grizzly g1148 22400 12 inch 15 inch

Hey, I am new here and am looking for some advice on my first bandsaw. I am going to be using it to resaw maple in half, so I can book-match guitar tops. As well it will be used to cut the body out. So my main criteria is a 7 inch resaw limit. This has brougth me to two saws, and I am not certain of which is better. So which would you guys choose.

The 12 INCH CRAFTSMAN model - 22400.


Grizzly – G1148 15in bandsaw which is no longer made. There is one used locally for around 400.

a chart with some specs on the grizzly about 3/4 down the page.
1hp, 16×16 table

The Craftsman will resaw 7in while the Grizzly will do 7.5 so they both meet my main criteria. I should also mention I want to keep it at a max price of around 400.

Are there any others, the resaw on most seems to be 6in but if I missed any I am open to suggestions.

Thanks for all answers and help.

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#1 posted 03-16-2009 12:25 PM

I’ve had the Grizzly and I sure wish I had not sold it. Definitely the Grizzly over the craftsman. I don’t think the craftsman will hold up for you.

-- Jerry--A man can never have enough tools or clamps

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#2 posted 03-16-2009 02:20 PM

I would not get a 12” bandsaw again. In my experience it went through blades too fast because (I was told) the radius was to small and the blade flexed too much.
However, they make ‘em and sell ‘em.

I would not get a Craftsman under any conditions. My personal opinion based on other purchases.

You can get a good quality 14” bandsaw for $100-150 more. Less if bought used. I lucked out and got a 14” Jet with riser and blade tensioner for $525 new. That gives me a realistic 10” resaw width.


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#3 posted 03-16-2009 02:51 PM

I have the Grizzly Ultimate 14” Bandsaw. I have had it for about five years and I will tell you now it is one hell of a bandsaw for the money. I have used it alot and found nothing wrong with it. The stand is solid and the all bearing guides are the only way to go. It also has enough power to resaw any wood under six inchs tall. I put hickory threw it quite often. I would recommend the Woodslicer blade, I have found that the combo with allitle tuning cuts like hot butter. I think if you are going to buy a tool, you should spend alittle more and get the right one, so you don’t have to buy two. Also, I would not recomend the 6 inch extension block. I have had no good luck with that. I hope this helps

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#4 posted 03-16-2009 04:03 PM

I’d go with the Grizzley. it seems their machines are of better quality then today’s craftsmans stuff. I was in the same boat, and am extremely happy I opted against the craftsman option (I ended up getting the Rikon 14” deluxe saw)

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#5 posted 03-16-2009 04:26 PM

I agree with Sawdust 2. I have a Delta 12” and I go through more blades than I care to mention (no matter how careful I am) I make sure the blade is correctly adjusted for tention and depth for the width of blade I have. I have spent more in blades than what I payed for the saw… That is the saw in the pic with me.

Does the Grizzly have roller bearings for blade guides. ? The next saw I buy will have roller bearings for the blade guides. And also, go ahead and get a saw with more throat room. I thought 12 inch was going to be big enough. If I had just (bit the bullet) bought an 18”er to begin with, it would have payed for itself by now. You’ll be glad you bought the bigger saw… You know what they say; pay me now, or, pay me latter. buy more than you’ll think you need, you’ll be glad you did.

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#6 posted 03-16-2009 04:46 PM

i just sold my craftsman 12” it did fine for a yr or so but then i got the grizzly 17” definetlly a huge difference. I too had some maple that i wanted to resaw but the craftsman wasnt up too it. The grizzly with a good blade cuts like butter.

-- Brad J

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#7 posted 03-16-2009 05:36 PM

I’ve had the Craftsman 22400 for a couple of years now and have been very happy with it. AFAIK, it’s made by Richen Enterprises (Rikon). No complaints about quality. That said, the Grizzly extra capacity definitely has some advantages.

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#8 posted 03-16-2009 07:58 PM

i have the 14 inch craftsman 22401 for about a year now cuts straight. i have changed out the guide bearings
($30.00) at king bearing other than that good saw for the price got it for 350.00 on sale
the 12 inch is on sale thru there craftsman club for $341.00

-- self proclaimed copycat

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#9 posted 03-17-2009 01:16 AM

I have the craftsman 14 inch model, It does ok for what I do but I think I’d opt for the Grizzley, the Craftsman has an odd size blade that you either get from sears or special order it. also it seems to have some extra viabraiton that I’m not understanding.


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#10 posted 03-17-2009 01:31 AM

I also have the Craftmans 14 inch model. I have had it for a couple of years now and I have no complaints. I have resawn walnut, cherry and maple, with no issues. As for the blade size, Paul is right, it is not something you will buy off the shelf at the Borgs, but I just keep some extras on hand. If you look around , most blade manufactures now make that size blade.

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#11 posted 03-17-2009 09:10 AM

Wow, thanks for all the replies. I think I am going to try and get the Grizzly if it is still available. One reason to not go with the craftsman at the moment is that it is out of stock for about a month.

The grizzly is supposed to have been used very little, are there any signs of abuse I should look for when I go to look at it.

Thanks again for all the input

-- Who is Joseph Cotton! Giddy-up

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#12 posted 03-20-2009 08:27 PM

that is how i got my craftsman for 350.00 went to the store manager and asked is i could buy the display model as the were out of stk. got the saw for 350.00 and they gave 3 free blades to boot.
PS. highland woodworking sales there Wood Slicer is the 99 3/4 size

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#13 posted 03-24-2009 02:56 AM

Hey the Grizzly was sold but a 14’’ Jet Band saw came up for sale. It has the riser block, and is the closed based version. He says it is from 2000 and wants $450. Is that a little steep for 9 years old? What should this saw price at?

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#14 posted 03-24-2009 06:17 AM

Go for the Jet if it is in good condition but test it first. If you can swing the extra money look for a 16 or 18 inch saw if you plan to do a lot of re-sawing. I have a 14” Delta and it works fine but 14” saws just don’t quite do the job when it comes to re-sawing. Jet and of course Powermatic make some great saws. They would be my first choice. Grizzly has improved since they first came years ago out but still don’t quite cut it as quality tools in my opinion. If you are buying a used saw be sure to figure out why the fellow is selling give it a good test (even if you have to bring you own “new” blade for it. Check to see how the blade tracks on the wheels. It may be a lemon….

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#15 posted 03-24-2009 06:34 AM

Grizzly certainly not Craftsman. My friend has a Grizzly and loves it when I upgrade it will be a 14” Grizzly. This one had free shipping now,, and will resaw 10”.

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