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03-18-2010 04:38 PM

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I have a tiny bandsaw (7” black & decker). I can’t really cut out shapes on 2x material. Looking for a bigger one. This one hasn’t really been used in 2 years. The seller wants $125. should I buy it?
It’s a 1 hp, 12” craftsman


-- Derek, Iowa

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#1 posted 03-18-2010 04:56 PM

I think you will regret it, save your money and go for at least a 14 inch bandsaw. I bought the ridgid bandsaw for around 300 dollars, I have done a lot of upgrading to it and am very satisfied. If all you want to do is scroll sawing with it I suppose it would work, but for any kind of resawing you are going to want a larger capacity, at least 6 inch of resaw. Just my opinion of course.

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#2 posted 03-18-2010 05:04 PM

Greetings dmoney:... I completely agree with Rasta. I had a 12” Crapsman band saw years ago (my first one about 20 years ago), and it just couldn’t “cut it”. Look for at least a 14” or bigger, if you can find one. It’ll do just about anything you want it to do…’ll be happier in the long run… don’t settle for something just because it sounds like a good deal…. it ain’t…..... you’d never be happy with it…. trust us….keep on keeping on…...

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#3 posted 03-18-2010 05:10 PM

Don’t know your experiences. Simple answer is definetly no.

Don’t care if it’s never been used, it’s still a no.

This offered machine is a nice home hobby saw for model airplanes and such working with the softest woods.

Not bad, simply, if you want more, and you are asking on a woodworking forum, you may find iit woefully underpowered and lacking.

Demonstarte willpower and save your extra coin and get the tool that will satisfy you best.

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#4 posted 03-18-2010 05:55 PM

I have a bit different opinion Derek. That is much more saw then your current 7” B&D model and it is a step up. The price is decent as I see people asking $200.00 to $300.00 for them around here. So depending on what you want to do with the saw it might work for you.

I do agree with the above posters that the Harbor Freight 14” saw is the better saw to have.

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#5 posted 03-18-2010 06:13 PM

I had plenty of opportunity to grab one of those. Save a little more, or find one used, but grab a 14” cast iron frame band saw like the HF, Ridgid, Delta, Jet, Grizzly etc…

I have seen HF 14” band saws on Craigslist here for around $150.00

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#6 posted 03-18-2010 06:36 PM

I don’t think that saw is worth more than $25. Save your money and get a larger model as everyone else suggested. You will be much, much happier.

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#7 posted 03-18-2010 06:51 PM

I would love to have that saw for $25.00!

The saw isn’t much good for resaw work but it will cut curves in 2”X stock.

It will also be handy for a quick cut here and there.

I still agree that the generic Harbor Freight/Rigid saw is a better piece of equipment and when set up properly will work for resaw work but that may not be what the OP is asking about.

If he isn’t resaw’ing, planing and joining rough lumber then that 12” saw is certainly a step up over what he now has.

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#8 posted 03-18-2010 07:50 PM

I would pass

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#9 posted 03-18-2010 09:08 PM

Actually, at one time I had one of those and there are some nice features. The tilting head is a really nice alternative. I prefer it to a tilting table. It was a nice big table for a small saw. It cut well. I think it was max of 1/2 in blade. 5” cutting height or so. Is it as nice as a saw that costs three times as much? No, but is was a step above the little dinky home improvement stores.

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#10 posted 03-18-2010 09:43 PM

dmoney, a lot of people have recommended buying a 14” saw instead. My recommendation to you would be identify what your needs are. If you don’t really need the capacity of a 14” bandsaw, why spend the extra money.

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#11 posted 03-19-2010 12:34 PM

Thanks for all the helpe everyone.
i think I’m going to get it. in the future I might want/need something better but for right now this will probably do what I want. I’m cutting shapes in 2x stock right now with a jigsaw and hope this will cut straighter and nicer. I like the big table to help support the stock too.

-- Derek, Iowa

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#12 posted 03-19-2010 01:21 PM

i had that saw years ago ,
the tilting body was nice ,
but i never used it .
i had to glue a sheet of formica to the table ,
as the groves made the bottom splinters follow the groves ,
and made my cut ’ groggy ’ , not smooth .
i think the fence rode a rail on the back of the table ,
making adjustments somewhat tedious ,
as you had to go around to the back to do it .
with a good blade ,
bigger is better !
eventually you can have all your band saws ,
with dedicated thickness blades .
then just change them ,
without messing with the guides .

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#13 posted 03-19-2010 01:34 PM

I have that saw now and would prefer it somewhere else.
I cant resaw with the blade I have on it.
I only use it for light scrolling.

If I didn’t have it I would be looking for something with better saw guides as this one runs astray at times.
I can also stall it out on occasion.

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#14 posted 03-19-2010 07:04 PM

This is the only bandsaw in the world that cuts 45 degrees right AND left. and.. on a table that is fixed permanently in the horizontal position! If you need this feature…buy it!

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#15 posted 03-20-2010 01:53 PM

My father has used a bandsaw like that heavily for several years, doing just what you say you want to do – cutting 4/4 and 8/4 material, but not ever resawing. My mother has a business of sorts painting tole type stuff which requires him to spend a couple hours a week cutting materials for her to paint – mostly pine. It’s worked well for him for that, and it’ll get you where you need to go until you get your hands on something else, and at the price, you should be able to get most of your money back. Dad’s worn out two of those saws, and older model and now a newer one is running out of steam – so you can use them successfully enough if you want to.

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