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John Smith

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#1 posted 02-18-2018 02:02 AM

I had a 12” Craftsman for over 30 years and it served me well. (I gave it to my brother).
around 2005, I bought the Delta Shopmaster BS100 9” bandsaw and it works well for
the work that I do. I am not building large projects anymore and is a good saw for the size and money.
look around C/L and you may find a good one for $50 or so.
it is so small and light, you could hang it on the wall out of the way on a hook.
this is the only bandsaw I have had other then the Craftsman so this is the only one I can comment on.
if you could find a 12” table top model for cheap, I would suggest that one over the 9”.
just a note: I do miss the vertical clearance more than the width.

also – you will not have the noise and chattering with a 9/10” bandsaw vs the upside down jigsaw.
I put in the cool blocks simply because that is what I had used before and was satisfied with them.
the Vermont brand blade cuts better than the ones that came with it.
I will give it 4.9 stars simply because of the low vertical clearance.


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