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Benjamin81

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03-18-2019 09:58 PM

I have been looking at bandsaw for a while now and I came across one yesterday on offer up. It’s a 14 inch Tru-cut bandsaw. The problem is, I believe they stopped manufacturing them in the 80s and I cant find any information on them. Does anyone here have one? Or have experience with one? The guy is asking $99 so it could be a great find but I would like to know something more about them. Thanks!


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runswithscissors

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#1 posted 03-19-2019 03:54 AM

Being a 14” it is probably a Delta clone, and likely made inTaiwan. Bearings, etc. should be standard hardware store stuff, or at least easily found online. For $99, I’d go for it (if I needed another bandsaw).

-- I admit to being an adrenaline junky; fortunately, I'm very easily frightened

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#2 posted 03-19-2019 05:33 AM

Thanks! From what I can tell it looks like it says it is made in Taiwan. But like you stated, for $99, why not.

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#3 posted 03-19-2019 10:55 AM

Do you have any pictures? As mentioned, many Taiwanese machines are clones of someone else’s work which increases the chances of hardware interchangeability.

-- "Lack of effort will result in failure with amazing predictability" - Me

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#4 posted 03-19-2019 11:05 AM

For $99, it’s a steal in my area.

I surfed CL for a couple of months looking for a 14” BS. Nothing priced below $400. At that price point I went for a HF 14” new model, using a 25% off coupon, it was under the cheapest used BS I could find. Even with some upgrades: Link belts, extended tension rod, Cool Blocks, and TimberWolf blade, it was under $400.

Does the saw in question have a fence? Or provisions for adding one? My HF table isn’t drilled for a fence. I’m debating installing the Kreg, or using the Carter magnetic fence.

-- "In the end, it's all Hack..."

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#5 posted 03-19-2019 11:13 AM

Here’s the link for the listing. I dont believe it has a fence but there are some aftermarket items that I would try.

Check out this 14 inch wood cutting band saw for $99 on OfferUp https://offerup.co/xgVBqoMnbV

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#6 posted 03-19-2019 01:11 PM

Yeah, that’s a Delta clone and looks to be in pretty good shape, I would jump all over that for $99 if I needed one and it was close by.

-- "Lack of effort will result in failure with amazing predictability" - Me

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#7 posted 03-19-2019 01:44 PM

Looks like a rebadged HF, I bought my used HF for $125. For the money, buy it. This saw is limited at resawing, but can do all the other things band saws do adequately, you will never lose money on that deal.

-- Daniel

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#8 posted 03-19-2019 03:10 PM


Here s the link for the listing. I dont believe it has a fence but there are some aftermarket items that I would try.

Check out this 14 inch wood cutting band saw for $99 on OfferUp https://offerup.co/xgVBqoMnbV

- Benjamin81


Doesn’t appear to have a fence installed or lying around in the picture. And it looks to be a dead ringer for my HF 14” model. I’m a bit curious (concerned) about the homemade 3/4” plywood riser block. And why that was necessary?

The one thing I really don’t like about my HF, if the way the doors attach. The listed one appears to be the same. There is no hinge, so when changing blades or cleaning you have to remove the upper and lower doors completely from the saw. Not a big deal, just sort of a minor issue. The other upgrades took care of any remaining dislikes.

-- "In the end, it's all Hack..."

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#9 posted 03-19-2019 06:01 PM

My 18” Grizzly (old model) came with doors like that, but it was an easy matter to put hinges on the doors, and draw latches to hold them closed.

-- I admit to being an adrenaline junky; fortunately, I'm very easily frightened

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#10 posted 03-24-2019 02:51 AM

I ended up getting it for $60 because I found the hinge for the upper wheel was broke. $13 to replace so I think I’ll call this a win.

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