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Looking for a bandsaw, will you give me your opinions on some local options?

by jmkeuning
posted 07-22-2017 10:09 PM


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Loren

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#1 posted 07-22-2017 10:21 PM

I would go for the Central Machinery saw
but I wouldn’t put more than a 1 horse
motor on it. Any more in a saw that
size is overkill.

It looks from the photo like the saw may have
been tuned-up by the owner.

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jmkeuning

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#2 posted 07-22-2017 10:58 PM



I would go for the Central Machinery saw
but I wouldn t put more than a 1 horse
motor on it. Any more in a saw that
size is overkill.

It looks from the photo like the saw may have
been tuned-up by the owner.

- Loren

Thanks for the response. I think the seller has the old motor, so I will check out the specs and find something with similar RPM. I think 1700 is what I need. It also occurs to me that I can get a motor on Craigslist for about $50 so that helps!

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WhyMe

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#3 posted 07-22-2017 11:52 PM

For $80 the CM one seems a good deal. It also needs a paddle stop switch.

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sawdustdad

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#4 posted 07-23-2017 02:15 AM

Central Machinery stuff is pretty crude, I would not buy it. You will never be able to tune it to cut properly.

I’d buy the Delta, if that’s in fact what it is. Rigid would be my second choice.

-- Murphy's Carpentry Corollary #3: Half of all boards cut to a specific length will be too short.

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MrUnix

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#5 posted 07-23-2017 02:50 AM

I’d buy the Delta, if that’s in fact what it is.

It is… a #28-100 10” saw built sometime in the late 50’s through early 60’s. When shipped with the stand and motor it was considered a catalog #28-101. Was also sold under the Detla Homecraft badge (same cat #).

Cheers,
Brad

-- Brad in FL - In Dog I trust... everything else is questionable

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jonah

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#6 posted 07-23-2017 03:07 AM

My first choice would be the Ridgid. It’s a standard Taiwanese 14” band saw. That is a good thing, because there’s a million of those things around. That means blades, parts, and upgrades are plentiful and cheap.

$245 is fair. I would not buy the HF one.

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jmkeuning

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#7 posted 07-23-2017 04:17 AM

Thanks for the replies everyone. I might pull the trigger on one of these tomorrow (Sunday for those seeing this post in real-time. For those viewing this in the future, hello from the past!)

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playingwithmywood

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#8 posted 07-23-2017 04:53 AM

Try to get the rigid for under 2 and you might be in business. at least when you save more and want to upgrade in a year or so you should be able to get all your money back or if you see a better deal come along

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WhoMe

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#9 posted 07-23-2017 05:42 AM

I would recommend either the rigid or cm 14” saws. I would not purchase the jet. It is a very light duty saw with a lot of plastic parts and cheaply made cast parts. I cannot speak about the delta other than if you need a unique part, they may be hard to come by.
Personally, I’m in agreement with jona and get the rigid. Common tiwanese 14” saw , common blade size, easy to get parts and upgrades . Especially if you can get the price lower.

-- I'm not clumsy.. It's just the floor hates me, the tables and chairs are bullies, the wall gets in the way AAANNNDDD table saws BITE my fingers!!!.. - Mike -

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bigJohninvegas

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#10 posted 07-23-2017 06:09 AM

I would go for the central machine saw. I had one, and it will tune fine. harbor freight will have a motor for it, and like you already said, they have a 25% off coupon right now.
I sold mine when I bought a grizzly 17” saw. Wish now I had kept it just to leave a 1/4” blade in it for small stuff.
You are not going to get much for resaw work out of any of the saws you are looking at. But it is great for cutting any shape, curve you want.

-- John

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HorizontalMike

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#11 posted 07-23-2017 10:11 AM

I noticed that you “may” consider a 10” BS, so here is my 2-cents worth.

I have had and enjoy my 14” Rikon BS for the past 7yr. That said, this past year I went ahead and purchased it’s little brother, the 10in Rikon 10-305. I love it!

I am finding out that I do way more on that little 10in BS than I ever did/do on the big 14in BS. Basically my setup at this point is having a 3/4in 2-3tpi blade on the 14in for resawing and having a 1/8in on blade on the 10in for curves and quick smaller cuts and such (also have 1/4in and 3/8in blades).

Bottom line is that there is plenty to love about having a “small” 10in BS. Bought both at my local WC, when on sale.

-- HorizontalMike -- "Woodpeckers understand..."

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Sparks500

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#12 posted 07-23-2017 12:18 PM

If you’re patient, but ready, you can get great deals. This saw popped up on Craigslist and had been on there 3 hours when I bought it. Paid $460 for it.
2 hp with 10” resaw capability, and came with carter guides.

-- A good day is any day that you're alive....

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Sparks500

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#13 posted 07-23-2017 12:19 PM

Why did my picture turn?

-- A good day is any day that you're alive....

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rodneywt1180b

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#14 posted 07-23-2017 04:25 PM

What are your plans for the saw?
If you’re resawing or cutting bowl blanks bigger is better.
If you’re cutting the occasional curved part a smaller one might work.
I have a 14” saw. It has a 6” cutting capacity. I’m constantly coming up against it’s limits. There are riser kits available that would give up to 12” depth of cut but then it would need a bigger motor too.
I don’t think I’d mess with anything smaller than a 14” saw these days.
To me the Ridgid is the best of what you’ve shown us.

-- Rodney, Centralia, WA, USA www.etsy.com/shop/ASturdyStick

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Sparks500

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#15 posted 07-23-2017 05:09 PM

If we knew what part of the world you’re in, we could help you look….

-- A good day is any day that you're alive....

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jmkeuning

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#16 posted 08-03-2017 02:03 AM

I went with the Central Machinery for $80. Not saying that I regret it but…

The motor from HF was $125
Paddle switch from Amazon was $14

I got the saw set up, ran some test pieces through it, and all was great. But then I loosened the upper guide assembly to lower it, and it slid down and hit the table, and cracked. This this is cast metal and was fatigued; I just sped up its demise.

So now I will order a upper guide and that will be about $50. So I am up to the price of the Ridgid.

Upside is I got about 15 blades and the add on fence is probably $100.

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bigJohninvegas

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#17 posted 08-03-2017 04:32 AM

Here are a couple of upgrade options. I am not sure I would spend the money on the carter guides for the saw. But then again, I wish I still had mine just to keep a 1/4” blade set up. I have been keeping a 1/2” blade on the Grizzly saw. And often enough need the tight radius of the 1/4” blade.
Dumb luck with that part. I still think you got the best saw out of the group you were looking at.
When you do get it working. Make a throat plate for it. I broke mine and had to make one from scratch.
having the old one as a template would have been nice. Its made of cheap plastic, and HF does not sell it.

http://www.carterproducts.com/band-saw-products/band-saw-conversion-kits/cent-14

http://www.ebay.com/itm/For-the-Imported-14-Band-Saw-Ball-Bearing-Guide-An-Incredible-Upgrade-/262845048374?_trksid=p2385738.m2548.l4275

-- John

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jmkeuning

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#18 posted 08-04-2017 02:01 AM



Here are a couple of upgrade options….

- bigJohninvegas

Thanks. I started another thread to ask about the different options for the assembly.

http://lumberjocks.com/topics/232593

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