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Posted on Second-hand bandsaw brands to watch for/avoid & pricing

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#1 posted 01-30-2017 12:53 AM

Avoid off brand Taiwan saws like Elephant
and Cal-Hawk unless you are sure the
saw is in good working condition.

The price hike for a Delta or JET gets
you better fit and finish mostly, but I had
a Cal-Hawk years and years ago and while
the castings were the same as any other
Taiwan 14” saw, it was a lemon anyway.

Theories abound about tuning bandsaws,
making the wheels co-planar and so forth.
You can tune any saw but it may not be
how you want to spend your time. If you
buy a saw that cuts straight and runs smooth
from the get-go, you may never have to
mess with fine-tuning.

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