craftsman 12" bandsaw for $50

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Forum topic by bluchz posted 04-14-2009 12:51 AM 1012 views 0 times favorited 4 replies Add to Favorites Watch
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04-14-2009 12:51 AM

would it be worth it or should i saw my $ for a better saw. It’s posted on Craig’s List. All it says is “Sears Craftsman 12” Band Saw 80” blade – $50 ” Just wondering what everyone would think? I need something for re-sawing.I could bring small chunks of nice wood home and turn it into lumber if i had a bandsaw, sooo i was giving it some consideration.

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#1 posted 04-14-2009 02:12 AM

Can’t go too wrong for 50 bucks. If it is any good at all. The old 12 ” c-mans are good machines. I have one hat belonged to a good friend. He died a couples years ago. His son asked me if I would like to have his dads saw. I said sure, without ever seeing it. Well, he brought it over to me. It looks like he was using it for a boat anchor. Now I have this thing sitting in my shop taking up space, and I don’t know what to do with it. I don’t want to hurt his feelings or disrespect the memory of his father. And I don’t have time to restore the thing. So, I guess I will let it sit in a corner as a memorial to my friend.

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#2 posted 04-14-2009 03:45 AM

I own a newer 12 in. It ain’t too bad a saw it has a 7 in. resaw capacity which is better than their 14 in. saw. Not a bad saw for the money, I paid under 300 bucks new for it.

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#3 posted 04-14-2009 07:54 AM

The condition has a lot to do with it. There should be a model number somewhere and if you go to the Sears Parts web site with that number you can see if parts are still available and possibly even figure out how old it is. How are the wheel belts? Does the blade track in the center? Can you hear any noise from the wheel bearings? Same with the motor; unusual noise, smooth running. Also the tension spring will undoubtedly need replacing if you expect to do re-sawing. If it does need a lot of repair I would say save your money for a better saw. However, the scrap metal value is probably worth $20 plus the motor if it is in good condition.

I really don’t recommend trying to use a 12” band saw for re-sawing and this one is probably underpowered for sawing thick pieces. That is best done with a 18” but you can get buy with a good 14”.

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#4 posted 04-24-2009 02:18 AM

end the post saw was sold. someone got a deal i think!

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