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Forum topic by Don Butler posted 05-21-2009 03:10 PM 840 views 0 times favorited 3 replies Add to Favorites Watch
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Don Butler

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05-21-2009 03:10 PM

My old ShopSmith bandsaw, on its own floor stand for years is getting a little worse for wear and it isn’t the bandsaw I would like it to be.
I do want a better one, but I can’t think about the top-notch machines in the thousands of dollars. I am a retired, old person on a budget.
So what are the recommendations for a better band saw that would be easier for me to afford?

Sub – $1000.00, please!


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#1 posted 05-21-2009 03:13 PM

Hi Don,

hands down – sub $1K is the Rikon 14 inch Deluxe BS in my opinion.

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#2 posted 05-21-2009 08:30 PM

There are good reveiws on Rikon and Grizzly in that price range.

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#3 posted 05-21-2009 08:59 PM

You have a lot of wiggle room under $1k in the used market. I had an 18” that I got for $250 and it was in good condition. If you are looking for a 14”, the old Delta was a lot of saw and usually can be had in the sub $200 range. You just have to keep your eyes on Craigslist and have the cash ready to go when there is a tool you need.

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