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Blog entry by David "Lucky Dawg" Brown posted 03-31-2010 06:51 PM 1776 reads 0 times favorited 26 comments Add to Favorites Watch
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I need a small band saw 9” would suffice and my wife’s family sent me a couple hundred dollars to buy one
now I have the delima of which one to choose.
Cant afford a 14” saw and the Skil and Craftsman are my two choices locally.
I’m only going to be cutting thin plywood and 1” thick boards with it.

Help I don’t know what to do!!!!!

-- dumpster diver delux

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#1 posted 03-31-2010 06:59 PM

If you’re willing to drive to Albuquerque and back, I’ve got a Delta 28-276 I’m going to put up for sale. I’m planning on asking $250 and taking $200. You can see it in one of the pictures in this review. It’ll have a new blade on it as a selling point.

-- "A man may conduct himself well in both adversity and good fortune, but if you want to test his character, give him power." - Abraham Lincoln

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#2 posted 03-31-2010 06:59 PM

see if your wife will let you pawn something to get the cash for a larger saw, you must have something you don’t get use ut of like wife’s jewelry-LOL

-- Roscoe in Iowa

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#3 posted 03-31-2010 07:01 PM

Get the best you can afford, on the 14” saw, you never know when you will change your priorities & made need more saw. If you get the 9” & need the 14” in a few years, so sad

-- Pat - Worker of Wood, Collector of Tools, Father of one

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David Craig

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#4 posted 03-31-2010 07:22 PM

I have had good results using a Ryobi 9 inch saw for cutting blanks and cut outs on small pieces. It comes with a fence, worklight, and miter gauge. If you have a Home Depot in your area, then they should have them in stock. Craftsman makes decent products in their professional line but have not have much luck with their lower end models. If 200 dollars can be a stepping stone, you might want to move up to a larger saw. If 200 is the max you can invest, I would check out reviews on the Skil and see if a Ryobi is available in your area. You might also want to check Craigslist for any used bandsaw offerings in that price range. If you go with the 9inch. use the remaining funds to purchase some blades. They make many different types for various functions.

Good Luck,


-- There is little that is simple when it comes to making a simple box.

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#5 posted 03-31-2010 07:23 PM

I’ve never tried it myself but have read good things about the new Rikon 10” benchtop bandsaw. Highland woodworking has it on sale for $199.

Seems worth a look atleast…

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#6 posted 03-31-2010 07:29 PM

I got my 12” PowerKing (made circa 1945) on Craigslist for $100, I’d recommend looking there. You can find dozens of Craftsman, Ryobi, etc. that are incredibly inexpensive there.

-- The difference between being defeated and admitting defeat is what makes all the difference in the world - Upton Sinclair, "The Jungle"

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#7 posted 03-31-2010 07:30 PM

I had a smaller saw 9 inch and regretted it everytime I used it. I constantly complained to my wife how weak and useless it was all the time. So I waitied until I could afford the Grizzly 14 inch Ultimate. I forgot how great a really good band saw was. Not knowing your how much you can afford or want to spend, I just thought I would share my regreats of settling or not waiting. Hope this helps.

-- Ken, "Everyday above ground is a good day!"

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#8 posted 03-31-2010 07:38 PM

I have to echo other sentiments. unfortunately, I learned the hard way and bought Skil table saw, drill press and bandsaw only to use them a couple times and realize even as a newbie to woodworking, its too easy to outgrow these. Now I have all these bigger versions and the little ones are all stashed in corners and under benches. save your self the money and bitterness after the fact of realizing everything they are saying here is true and now its too late! and for the record, the bandsaw is one of my favorite tools! (14” Delta)

as a side note, that Skil bandsaw is weak and and everything is undersized. the miter is cheap, plastic and you cant use a standard after market mitre either.

finally, if anyone is interested in a Skil table saw, drill press or bandsaw, hit me up. I still got ‘em! LOL

P.s. if you are that stuck on the Skil, I will sell you mine for $80 + shipping. all docs there and only about 10 minutes on the motor literally. basically brand new

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#9 posted 03-31-2010 07:45 PM

Keep your eyes peeled on Craigslist. I see a LOT of nice, barely used 9” Delta Shopmaster saws going for well under $100.00 several times a month…

FWIW, I have seen the Skil up close and in person, and am not that impressed. Too much plastic. Same goes for the Ryobi.

If you can afford the space, and eventually the funds, get your little band saw, and save up for a full size saw. Resawing opened up a whole new world of free lumber to me…

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David "Lucky Dawg" Brown

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#10 posted 03-31-2010 08:21 PM

Well now you all have me thinking!
all good points and thoughts!!!!!!
I did find a Ryobi 9” still in the box just up the road from my house.
It was on Craigs list for $100.00!

-- dumpster diver delux

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#11 posted 03-31-2010 08:42 PM

I don’t know how much you are looking to spend but Harbor Freight has this 14” band saw for $199 and I had looked at it about 2 weeks ago and it is identical to my American bandsaw from what I am told is a Jet. All the Jet parts fit mine.

Craigslist has been a pretty good place to find decent equipment. I purchased my table saw, planer joiner, biscuit joiner, clamps and the band saw was thrown in because it needed the brackets for the table for $500.

-- mrg

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#12 posted 03-31-2010 09:07 PM

You said: ”I’m only going to be cutting thin plywood and 1” thick boards with it.”

Have you considered a better blade or one more suited to your needs?

-- 温故知新

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David "Lucky Dawg" Brown

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#13 posted 03-31-2010 09:22 PM

I don’t have a band saw or ever owned one so I know nothing
about them.

-- dumpster diver delux

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David "Lucky Dawg" Brown

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#14 posted 03-31-2010 09:34 PM

Small wood only hopefully no fingers or arms!
Well unless the X wife stops by! hmmmm! hahahaha!

-- dumpster diver delux

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#15 posted 03-31-2010 11:04 PM

Then, consider the best blade for your job.
It can make a big difference, especially on a small band saw.

-- 温故知新

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