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Forum topic by Keithbrad80 posted 04-23-2021 12:12 AM 738 views 0 times favorited 19 replies Add to Favorites Watch
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Keithbrad80

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04-23-2021 12:12 AM

Topic tags/keywords: harvey bandsaw

Recently I posted a question about a jet bandsaw that I was interested in. I got a few responses but of them was about the Harvey C14 Ambassador. I was looking for a bandsaw with the following attributes; At least 2 hp motor, a large cast iron table, 12 inch or more resaw capacity, a steel frame would have been nice, and at least 14 to 18 inch in size. My biggest one was the price point, I wanted to spend less than 1500, without shipping. After looking at the laguna 14, Jet JWBS-14SFX, Grizzly G0513X2, and finally the Harvey C14 Ambassador. The Harvey had pretty much everything I was looking for, it has a 3 hp motor, a 320 sq inch cast iron table, a 14 inch resaw capacity, 14 inch diameter wheels, a steel frame and much more.

The original cost is supposedly 1799.00 but I got it for 1350.00, and with 320.00 flat rate shipping it came out to about 1800.00. I called Harvey on Tuesday with a few questions about the bandsaw before I made my purchase and the woman who answered the phone was very nice, and quickly sent me photos and answered my questions with photos she took her self, so that was nice. I purchased the bandsaw on Tuesday afternoon, and to my surprise it was here Thursday morning, they are based out of California but I was impressed with how quickly it came.

When I received the bandsaw there was no damage to the bandsaw or the shipping container, the driver unloaded it in my drive way outside the garage. The real challenge was getting it from the drive way to the garage, I built some stairs with some blocks and used a dolly with two of my neighbors. This thing is heavy, 350 lbs is what is stated on the site. Mine came fully built with the blade installed and almost to the correct tension.

The tracking of the blade was also pretty close, and the steel ball bearing guides are super easy to adjust. It only took me 30 or less minutes to get it from my drive way to operating condition. I made a few cuts and this thing cuts like butter! It’s super smooth, and cuts very straight, this is my first brand new bandsaw so I think I went through all the points and my initial reaction is great! This machine is well worth the money and I suspect it will last me years, without any issues.

Also I saw someone mention that the power switch is on the back but it’s held on by two screws and can be flipped around to the front. That’s one of the first things I did.


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therealSteveN

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#1 posted 04-23-2021 12:37 AM

Sounds like it has the requirements to resaw, and with a smaller blade do some curves too. Enjoy it.

-- Think safe, be safe

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#2 posted 04-23-2021 12:45 AM

\\ ~~ !! congratulations !! ~~ //

-- derek / oregon

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tvrgeek

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#3 posted 04-23-2021 10:11 AM

Moving the switch was actually in the instructions. Also mount the bracket for the Allen wrenches.
I added a pegboard fork to the front door to hold a miter gauge.
My post alignment was not dead on. It is fully adjustable, but it took quite a while it get it dialed in so the upper guides position to the band does not change when you raise and lower it. There are no instructions on it, but you can look and figure it out.
I use a gooseneck LED light to illuminate the work.

I was happy enough with my C-14 band saw I bought a C-300 table saw and am equally happy with it.

One should not be too strict on budget. Best to buy the right tool and buy it once. Every budget tool I have bought has now been replaced, so total cost, not including frustration, is much higher.

I wish it had a ring on the top for lifting. I used a sling and my engine hoist to get it from pallet onto my wheels.
I wish the table was larger. If I were designing one, I would put an LED in the guide block for illumination of the work. Even though I think they have the best guide setup out there, I would go one step further and make them on fine threads. I have an idea to make dust collection even better.

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#4 posted 04-23-2021 10:21 AM

Congrats, and enjoy!

-- Our village hasn't lost it's idiot, he was elected to congress.

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#5 posted 04-23-2021 10:37 AM

My C-14 arrived on Tuesday. There are 3 items that I’ve noticed with it already. The top and bottom doors do not seal. You can see daylight in the gap between the doors and the body. The bottom door drags on the base because it was not installed level and the hinges on it have quite a bit of play in them. I may buy some thicker weather stripping to seal the doors.

Beyond that, I haven’t used it. I’m hoping that there aren’t more problems with the quality of the machine. Hopefully, I can get everything else checked out on it this weekend and write a review after I use it some more.

-- Earl "I'm a pessamist - generally that increases the chance that things will turn out better than expected"

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JD77

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#6 posted 04-23-2021 01:15 PM

Keith, Earl, TVRgeek, What pushed you to the Harvey side of the fence? What combination of features really sold you?

I’m currently in the “mulling over the options” phase and without a local store to look over any options, its a bit hard to compare Jet vs Rikon vs Grizzly vs Laguna vs Harvey vs etc. I’m coming from a well-used 12in Craftsman, so any of them will be a significant step up, but even the Craftsman has worked fine for me, just too small. I’d like for this one to be the one to outlast me and I want to keep it under $2000 total which I think any of them would do.

Thanks,
JD

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Keithbrad80

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#7 posted 04-23-2021 02:15 PM



Keith, Earl, TVRgeek, What pushed you to the Harvey side of the fence? What combination of features really sold you?

I m currently in the “mulling over the options” phase and without a local store to look over any options, its a bit hard to compare Jet vs Rikon vs Grizzly vs Laguna vs Harvey vs etc. I m coming from a well-used 12in Craftsman, so any of them will be a significant step up, but even the Craftsman has worked fine for me, just too small. I d like for this one to be the one to outlast me and I want to keep it under $2000 total which I think any of them would do.

Thanks,
JD

- JD77

I think for me the 3hp motor and 14” resaw capacity is what won me over. I couldn’t find another bandsaw with a 3hp motor and 14” resaw without spending way more than I was comfortable with. The jet was only 100 less than this one when I bought it and it doesn’t have half the things this one does.

Bradley

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#8 posted 04-23-2021 07:28 PM

Do not deal the door. Dust collection requires airflow.
Be sure the plastic washers are on the hinge pins. If missing, door will sit low. Hinges are not super snug. No reason to be so. you may not actually have any issue.

I was willing to pay for the Rikon or Laguna heavy duty 3 HP, but the guides won me over.


My C-14 arrived on Tuesday. There are 3 items that I ve noticed with it already. The top and bottom doors do not seal. You can see daylight in the gap between the doors and the body. The bottom door drags on the base because it was not installed level and the hinges on it have quite a bit of play in them. I may buy some thicker weather stripping to seal the doors.

Beyond that, I haven t used it. I m hoping that there aren t more problems with the quality of the machine. Hopefully, I can get everything else checked out on it this weekend and write a review after I use it some more.

- EarlS


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#9 posted 04-23-2021 08:56 PM

Honestly, Harvey was in stock and Rikon wasn’t. Nothing else was in the running. I wouldn’t take a Laguna product if it was given to me due to a past BAD experience with them. Jet didn’t impress me.

-- Earl "I'm a pessamist - generally that increases the chance that things will turn out better than expected"

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Foghorn

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#10 posted 04-23-2021 11:27 PM

The Harvey looks like a great saw. I may have bought one way back when if they were available. My Canwood 17” has been bulletproof though. It only has a true 2 HP motor but I’ve never been able to bog it down resawing. I haven’t seen another fence like mine. It’s 3” x 3” aluminum extrusions that can be stacked to 9” high. Rock solid and easily adjustable in any plane. Great for resawing and slots for T bolts.

-- Darrel

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Meisterburger

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#11 posted 04-23-2021 11:41 PM

Looks like a lot like the laguna saws too. Congrats

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Keithbrad80

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#12 posted 04-24-2021 12:04 AM

After using mine a bit more today I took a look at some of the things others have said. I didn’t notice any gaps around the doors, mine are all sealed properly although the hinges are made of plastic and aluminum so they swing pretty easily, that’s not a big deal to me. One thing that does need addressing is my table, I’m not sure if the slot the blade comes out of has a name but the left and right side have a slight difference. I haven’t measured but I would guess it’s off by 3 thou or less, enough to catch a piece of wood while it push it across the table. The insert that is supposed to keep the table square is there but obviously has a tiny amount of play, I’ll call them on Monday. Other than that still happy with my purchase.

Bradley

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JD77

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#13 posted 04-28-2021 06:54 PM

Well Bradley, I’d be interested to hear what they say about the table, because I just bought one. It seems to me that they have pretty good customer service.

I checked the prices since the number you quoted was lower than I had previously seen. There was a little promo they were running, and after I talked with the wife and slept on it, I went to order Saturday morning. Of course the promo was over (I looked on Friday and didn’t see any expiration, but I may have missed it), so I sent them an email explaining that I missed it but was still interested at the promo price and Monday morning I got an email with a special quote honoring the promo price. That’s about as good a service as one can reasonable ask.

Now to finally get around to running a sub panel to the garage so I can plug it in when it gets here…

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#14 posted 05-03-2021 05:43 PM



I checked the prices since the number you quoted was lower than I had previously seen. There was a little promo they were running, and after I talked with the wife and slept on it, I went to order Saturday morning. Of course the promo was over (I looked on Friday and didn t see any expiration, but I may have missed it), so I sent them an email explaining that I missed it but was still interested at the promo price and Monday morning I got an email with a special quote honoring the promo price. That s about as good a service as one can reasonable ask.

@JD77, would you be able to share that price? I’m thinking of buying this week as well and wondering if it beats the current pricing of $1329 + $329 shipping. TIA!

-- Barry

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Keithbrad80

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#15 posted 05-03-2021 06:34 PM

I haven’t contacted the company yet, my wife got Covid so we have been dealing with that. I went on their website a few days ago and noticed the price was even lower than what I paid for it! It was at 1255 a few days ago so it seems they almost always have some kind of sale on them. 1329 is a little less than I paid which is a great deal in my mind! I have only been able to use the bandsaw a few times in the last two weeks but it cuts straight with no vibration. I cut a 3/4 board of poplar the other and couldn’t feel the blade cutting the board, it was as if I was magically separating them.

Bradley

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