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Forum topic by birdguy posted 06-16-2010 09:43 PM 1222 views 0 times favorited 6 replies Add to Favorites Watch
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06-16-2010 09:43 PM

I have ben thinking of getting the rikon. 14” bandsaw. From woodcraft its on sale now but I have a small craftsman 10” table saw it total drives. Me crazy when I use it pushh some wood through it it wants to flip over and underpowered have to reset the moter button sometimes but not to many projets I don’t use it on
With that in mind should I get the band saw I have also ben looking at the jet jps- 10 tabls saw what would you say I purchase I can only afford. One at the moment what would you say I should get

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#1 posted 06-16-2010 10:13 PM

Much of what a person needs depends on what you build. Generally, the table saw is the heart of the workshop. I would think that the table saw would be the most important piece of equipment you should have. If the budget is an issue, check out Ebay and Craigs list. There are lots of good deals on there for good table saws, and bandsaws for that matter.

-- Wayne - Plymouth MN

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#2 posted 06-17-2010 03:38 AM

birdguy…I don’t know where you live, but I am in the Phoenix area. Here on Craigslist you can find a good used Unisaw for around $600-$700. You can also find a good used 14 inch bandsaw with the riser kit already installed for between $300-$350. I bought both my tablesaw and bandsaw off there this year and would recommend it to anyone wanting to get going on a budget. For the amount you are going to spend on either a tablesaw or bandsaw brand new you can have a tablesaw, bandsaw, planer,joiner, sander, and a drill press. So far this year I have bought most of those and have been extremely happy, and my expense is still less than $1,000.
Just my thoughts on the idea.

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#3 posted 06-17-2010 03:43 AM

I haven’t had much luck finding tools I want or need on craigslist wish I. Could thoe but I am only. 27 so. I could justify new if I end up that route most tools I have bouught were new some I have had for like12 years

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#4 posted 06-18-2010 01:19 AM

It’s amazing some of the deals I have seen posted from the Phoenix are. I haven’t spotted what I would call too many decent deals on CL here in KY. I think much depends on your metro area, recent economic downturn and just plain luck.

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#5 posted 06-18-2010 01:29 AM

A table saw is the heart of most shops. Mine is the best tool I own. Take a look at Grizzly tools too. Their larger tools usually have very good customer satisfaction vs. price. Craigslist in the Philadelphia are is pretty poor for being such a “metro” area.

What do you want a bandsaw for? Resawing or cutting curves? Don’t laugh, but my cheaper scroll saw has done the job so far for me although I’d love to have a bandsaw for resawing.

-- some day I hope to have enough clamps to need a clamp cart!

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#6 posted 06-18-2010 01:30 AM

For my use I would upgrade your table saw but you have to determine what you will be making if it’s band saw boxes then you might want to go band saw.


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