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Forum topic by Oldschoolguy posted 12-07-2018 02:20 PM 712 views 0 times favorited 13 replies Add to Favorites Watch
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12-07-2018 02:20 PM

Does any have or know anyone that has the bench top band saw from HF. Pros and cons and any other thoughts opinions, are always welcomed. Thanks.

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#1 posted 12-07-2018 02:47 PM

Pros… It’s Cheap

Cons… It’s Cheap

Ultimately depends on your needs and what you want to do with it, as a newbie, and if you’re think woodworking is something you’d like to pursue, I’d suggest you keep close with Craig’s list and look for a 14” saw and acquire a tool that your skills will develop into needing rather than a 1st step you’ll wind up out growing.

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#2 posted 12-07-2018 03:51 PM

Save your money. Buy a 14”. It’ll do more, and won’t break the bank. I have the Grizz 0555LX, Works like a champ. Need to get good blades for a BS as well. Most blades that come with a BS are not the best,

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#3 posted 12-07-2018 06:33 PM

Usually, when someone mentions…(horrors!) Harbor Freight…..they usually get a couple responses like these first two….

What they didn’t say…sitting right beside the Benchtop bandsaw IS such a 14” bandsaw…just under $400…and is actually a very good saw. The benchtop is just fine..for scroll work and other small work. Would be a decent enough saw to start out with…..and can give you a chance to learn about such saws….before you outgrow it.

Not everyone NEEDS to be resawing and such tasks….or has the floor space for the larger saws…

And…unless these HF Haters intend to buy their type of saws for you…..meh..

-- A Planer? I'M the planer, this is what I use

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#4 posted 12-07-2018 06:42 PM

It’s a good saw for doing arts and crafts and scroll work as mentioned above using a thin blade. And unless you plan on doing some serious resawing there is nothing wrong with that $400 14” saw. Had one for years.

What are you going to do with it (now and in the future) ?? Figure that out first before you buy any tool.

-- Andy - Seattle USA

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#5 posted 12-07-2018 06:46 PM

just about all 10” saws but the rikon based are trash. If you want to do scrolling. I’m sure it would work. Otherwise you get what you pay for. Just call bandit when you outgrow it. He buys trash.

-- Shooting down the walls of heartache. Bang bang. I am. The warrior.

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#6 posted 12-07-2018 08:12 PM

My band saw is 12”, And don’t use it a whole lot. But sure nice to have for certain cuts. Just like most equipment, get the best you can afford. But getting a smaller band saw is better than none. You can save money with a smaller band saw, and upgrade it at a later time. The advantage to this is, Using a lesser expensive band saw, and how you use it, helps you decide on the features you need when It’s time to upgrade.

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#7 posted 12-07-2018 11:58 PM

Just a word of clarification: A bandsaw cannot be used for scroll sawing of the type done on scroll saws, where you detach one end of the blade to insert into the next hole.

-- Phil Allin - There are mountain climbers and people who talk about climbing mountains. The climbers have "selfies" at the summit!

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#8 posted 12-08-2018 06:33 AM

Phil is correct, but there is a way around that limitation. That is to saw into the inside area that you want to cut out. Saw into it from one side, preferably where the cut will be least noticeable. Then you glue the cut closed. Of course this doesn’t work for very intricate cuts, but I have done it. Use an extremely thin blade for this kind of work.

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#9 posted 12-08-2018 01:51 PM


Anything not being cut in a straight line used to be referred to as “Scroll Cuts” even Sabre Saws have a “Scrolling” feature….

I learned a LOT using a benchtop bandsaw….made a lot of projects with them. Still have a 12”, 3 wheeler as a back-up, for when the full-sized bandsaw I have is down for repair.

As for that “trash” comment? I prefer not to feed Trolls….I merely FLAG them…

-- A Planer? I'M the planer, this is what I use

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#10 posted 12-08-2018 02:21 PM

Yeah that’s why you talk crap about everybody else’s opinions. Then flag them. I’m sure they’ll get right on it kid.

-- Shooting down the walls of heartache. Bang bang. I am. The warrior.

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#11 posted 12-08-2018 03:32 PM

It’s an OK saw depends on what you want to do with it——BUT the quality of blade has a lot of input.

-- Youngsville, LA

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#12 posted 12-08-2018 07:35 PM

I looked at 9” and 10” band saws and quickly eliminated all the 9” models. Even my 10” Craftsman (same as the 10” Rikon) is somewhat limiting if you wish to do resawing. If I had a major need for resawing or had daily use of my saw then I would have gone with a 14” saw. The Sears saw was less money than the same size Rikon and they offered a 10% discount to me since I’m a veteran.

Else, look at the max. band width, the upper and lower band bearings and their adjustment ease and also the availability of new saw bands prior to purchasing any saw. My saw uses 70.5” bands and they are listed as a standard size on several sites.

OBTW: If I were forced to go with a 9” saw I think I would hold out for the WEN.

-- Retired old guy enjoying the golden years. Ha!

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#13 posted 12-09-2018 03:38 PM

At Menard’s….they sell a benchtop Performax bandsaw….IF you happen to have a store near you. They also stock Olson Bandsaw blades for that size saw. Any a few others as well.

-- A Planer? I'M the planer, this is what I use

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