Craftsman 14" bandsaw

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Forum topic by Carloz posted 05-10-2017 01:54 AM 1044 views 0 times favorited 10 replies Add to Favorites Watch
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05-10-2017 01:54 AM

My local store has it for around $350. Would Laguna/Jet/Rikon give me three times better saw? (According to the price)

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#1 posted 05-10-2017 02:22 AM

I have the current 14” Craftsman bandsaw and for my use I couldn’t justify paying two to three times the price. Rikon makes the Craftsman. You get better quality with the higher price bandsaws and more cutting capacity and power.

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#2 posted 05-10-2017 03:04 PM

Thanks WhyMe.
So did you have times you wished you’d bought a more expensive saw?

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#3 posted 05-10-2017 04:41 PM

I have the Craftsman Professional that is the same as the Rikon, have had no issues with it. As far as I can tell it has the same specs. Why pay more for a different paint color and name.

-- mrg

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#4 posted 05-11-2017 12:20 AM

Thanks WhyMe.
So did you have times you wished you d bought a more expensive saw?

- Carloz

Not yet.

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#5 posted 05-11-2017 12:55 AM

I had a craftsman bandsaw for years. It was a good saw. A few years back I upgraded to a Powermatic 14. I don’t regret upgrading at all. I realized a big difference in re-sawing. Is it worth 3X the price. For me I would say yes, but in the end you have to decide how much you will use it.

-- Don't outsmart your common sense

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#6 posted 05-11-2017 02:17 AM

I believe I can answer your question with some confidence since I own and use both a Craftsman 14 inch steel frame bandsaw and a much more expensive Laguna 14 inch saw. I think the Craftsman saw is a pretty good saw and potentially a good value for certain applications but it is not comparable to the Laguna. There are two reasons why I bought the Laguna. (1) it is more powerful and has a larger cutting height for resaw applications. The Craftsman will resaw too but it is slow and 8 inches is about all that will fit. It won’t handle a 3/4 inch blade. (2) The craftsman has one of the most frustrating blade guide designs I have ever tried to use. The mechanics are sloppy. When you position the bearings exactly where you think they should go and then tighten the set screw, the bearing moves. You are forced to set the bearings at some other position with the hope that when you tighten them up, they will move into place. It is a trial and error process that I despise. Once you get it set up, it works fine.

I use my Craftsman with a narrow high tooth count blade to do scroll cuts and very rarely change it. My Laguna is left in the resaw configuration almost all the time. My recommendation if you are financially challenged is to buy the Craftsman if you mainly want to cut curves. Put a good blade on it and leave it that way. If you are planning to do much resawing, the upgrade to a heavier and more powerful saw is worth it.

By the way, I have heard that Rikon has redesigned their blade guides and may have fixed the problem on new models.

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#7 posted 05-11-2017 03:36 AM

I think my craftsman is about 27 years old now and i almost use it every time I am in the shop (at least 4-5 times a week). That is what I like about it and totally agree with ArtMann as it relates to its downfalls.


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#8 posted 05-11-2017 02:06 PM

... I own and use both a Craftsman 14 inch steel frame bandsaw …

- ArtMann

So is it cast iron or steel frame saw ?

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#9 posted 05-11-2017 11:33 PM

I don’t know what year and model 14” Craftsman’s bandsaw ArtMann has but the one I have was purchased within the last 4-5 years and I haven’t had any issues with the bearing guides. It also will run a 3/4” blade okay, no complaints there other than you do have to go slow resawing not to bog down the motor. It is what it is for $350 (got mine on sale too). If I was doing a high volume of resawing stock larger than 4” then I would get a band saw with cast iron wheels and at least 2HP.

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#10 posted 05-12-2017 12:02 AM

Take a look at a Grizzly G0555 ultimate bandsaw. I love mine and use it every day!!

-- Jim Jakosh.....Practical Wood Products...........Learn something new every day!! Variety is the Spice of Life!!

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