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Forum topic by Thorbjorn88 posted 11-08-2019 07:07 PM 217 views 0 times favorited 8 replies Add to Favorites Watch
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11-08-2019 07:07 PM

I’ve been watching craigslist for a bandsaw and this came up. Dayton 3z981 14” bandsaw for $80. I was planning on building a woodgears bandsaw for fun and to get something that would resaw well, but it’ll be a while before I can get around to doing the build so I’m thinking about picking this up to do some work in the mean time. Particularly I need to resaw a bunch of alder ~6” tall for some drawers. Then once I either buy or build a better saw for resawing I can keep a this one with a thinner blade for curves.

What do you think?

https://tucson.craigslist.org/tls/d/tucson-dayton-14-bandsaw/7016195987.html


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#1 posted 11-08-2019 08:26 PM

Looks like a Taiwanese Delta clone to me Thor. Which is a winner in my book. As long as it runs and there’s nothing broke or missing or bent, I can’t see how you go wrong for $80.

-- Kenny, SW VA, Go Hokies!!!

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#2 posted 11-08-2019 08:45 PM

Cool that’s what I figured, thanks Kenny

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#3 posted 11-08-2019 08:57 PM

Agree. For $80 you can’t go too far wrong. For resaw work, you may want a larger motor though. Resawing 6” won’t be too much strain but, if it comes with only 1/2 hp or 3/4 hp, you might want a bigger motor. For that price, you can afford to add one and still be ahead.

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#4 posted 11-08-2019 10:01 PM

To bad I can’t drive down to Tucson today, it would be gone already. Sold my 14” for larger bandsaw and hate changing to small blades for curved work. Been looking for cheap bandsaw like that one.

$80 for a 4 speed metal/wood cutting Taiwan bandsaw is steal if it runs well.

Read OWWM rule #5.
http://www.owwm.org/viewtopic.php?f=1&t=158513

Best Luck.

-- I'm an engineer not a woodworker, but I can randomly find useful tools and furniture inside a pile of lumber!

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#5 posted 11-08-2019 10:09 PM

You’re probably right about rule #5. However I emailed the seller right after they posted it and they haven’t replied. So either it sold before I responded or the seller is slow to respond. The only contact method they put was the craigslist email mirror but they did put their full address in the listing. Is it bad craigslist etiquette to just show up at the address?

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#6 posted 11-09-2019 04:11 AM

I picked it up. It’s in decent shape. I’ll need to replace the tires and thrust bearings. I was thinking of replacing the wheel bearings too but they’re really quiet actually. It’s 3/4 hp so I may keep an eye out for a bigger motor.

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#7 posted 11-09-2019 09:05 PM

Nice score Thor! Thrust bearings are almost an expendable on the guides as far as I’m concerned. I’d go wuth some PU tires. They’ll outlast the saw. Unless you put a riser block on there, I imagine you’ll find the 3/4 hp motor is enough.

-- Kenny, SW VA, Go Hokies!!!

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#8 posted 11-09-2019 11:49 PM

Yeah I don’t think I’ll put a riser block on. I plan to build or buy a better bandsaw for re-sawing down the road. Thanks for the help

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