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PandaWoodworker

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02-11-2022 03:13 PM

Topic tags/keywords: band saw pricing

I wanted to get more opinions on a used Craftsman 14” band saw. It looks like a 119.234 model in very good condition. I’ll be calling today to verify the model for sure and whether or not it comes with any accessories, like the fence. They are asking $350 for it and it’s about an hour away. Unfortunately I don’t have $1,500 to drop on a brand new 14-in bandsaw.

Pretty much everything I’ve read, is people say to purchase a 14-in.

I mostly want it for cutting curves and smaller pieces. Resawing may be a one day thing, but I buy dimensional lumber as I am just starting out woodworking. It never hurts to ask, but it looks that this is being sold at an antique or maybe used goods store, not a private seller.


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xedos

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#1 posted 02-11-2022 04:16 PM

Generally a bit high for a craftsman, but your market conditions may make it a good deal.

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#2 posted 02-11-2022 07:40 PM

I’m not sure what that model is, but Googling “Craftsman BAS350” brings up a price of $329. Not sure of availability, but that saw seems to be built by Rikon. If that’s the model you’re considering, I think it would meet your need quite well. As far as price, these days it’s hard to tell what is reasonable; if the condition is excellent, that price isn’t tremendously out of line.

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xedos

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#3 posted 02-11-2022 10:27 PM

119…........... is not a valid Manuf. # for a craftsman bandsaw.

xxx.xxx is not a enough digits for a craftsman powertool

113. would be the number for emerson, which does make bandsaws.

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#4 posted 02-11-2022 10:37 PM

i have that saw and i like it BUT adjusting bearings is very hard :<))))

-- Tony---- Reinholds,Pa.------ REMEMBER TO ALWAYS HAVE FUN :<))

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#5 posted 02-12-2022 12:15 AM

+1 119.234XXX is not a valid PN for any band saw.

Mfg code 119 was used for Frigidaire mfg products in old days.
And brand name is now owned by Electrolux who does not make band saws.

119.2240000 is 12” model band saw made in China.

Recently, many of Craftsman wood working tools are using a MFG code of 351, which is Colovos Co. They were a holding/import company for Sears. They buy Craftsman labeled tools from same places in Asia as everyone else.

Absolutely not possible to comment on used tool without pictures and/or real product number.

-- If it wasn't for bad luck, I wouldn't have no luck at all, Doom, despair, agony on me… - Albert King - Born Under a Bad Sign released 1967

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NohoGerry

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#6 posted 02-12-2022 01:42 AM

The overriding issue with any used Craftsman power tool is-”are there still parts available”. Unfortunately, my experience with both used and new Craftsman power tools (owned at one time or another a tablesaw, bandsaw, radial arm saw) is that they are a) cheaply made, b) hard to adjust/maintain for the results you want as a woodworker, and as mentioned, depending on the model and age-sometimes impossible to get replacement parts. This is primarily due to Sears approach to the Craftsman line-i.e. they switched manufacturers constantly to lower their costs, and never kept a good inventory of parts for older machines.

I did some research in Youtube on 14 inch bandsaws that are inexpensive for a beginning woodworker but offer good value for the $.
What kept coming up is the Harbor Freight Central Tools 14 inch bandsaw-just over $400. You might want to watch some of the youtube videos of guys who own it and review it. They all talk about great value for the money.

Hope this helps your decision process-but as mentioned by other jocks here, that price for a used Craftsman bandsaw is definitely on the high side.
Gerry

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xedos

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#7 posted 02-12-2022 03:01 PM

Thx, Capt. – I learn something new everyday. Hadn’t realized Sears started using that number for a powertool manuf.

Still don’t think it’s inherently worth 350.

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PandaWoodworker

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#8 posted 02-13-2022 12:31 AM

Thank you so much! I must have mixed up my saws as I was looking at a couple, but I couldn’t see the model numbers on any. It does look like the BAS350, but the price for used does seem a bit high.

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PandaWoodworker

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#9 posted 02-13-2022 12:35 AM

Thank you so much for bringing up consideration points of “are there still parts available”. I’ve never owned a craftsman, or a band saw. I have considered the Harbor Freight model, but wasn’t sure…well, because Harbor Freight. There is a new, used (someone said they never used it) near me they are selling for $300. Maybe I consider this one instead. Thank you so much for your insight.

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#10 posted 02-13-2022 12:48 AM

IMO the craftsman is better than HF just for reason more power in motor and more resaw capability but don’t buy it on my word :<))))))

-- Tony---- Reinholds,Pa.------ REMEMBER TO ALWAYS HAVE FUN :<))

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#11 posted 02-13-2022 02:19 AM

Without more information on the specific model number, it’s hard to say for sure, but the vast majority of Craftsman 14” bandsaws ever made are clones of the same Delta design. It’s a bog-standard Taiwanese design and many, many other manufacturers used the same factory and rebadged them. Wilton, Delta, Grizzly, et cetera. Parts are plentiful.

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PandaWoodworker

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#12 posted 02-13-2022 04:16 AM

Any another just popped into the marketplace for consideration, is a 14” Grizzly, 1992, asking the same price, $350. It looks very well taken care of and comes with a Rockler fence (2ftx2ft). I’m assuming since Grizzly is still around, is than an issue finding parts for an older machine? I appreciate all of your insights, as this is my first older power tool. I don’t know much about fixing things, but I can learn.

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jonah

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#13 posted 02-13-2022 02:29 PM

You can find parts for either saw. In fact, lots of the parts they use are going to be the same. The Grizzly one, like most Craftsman ones, is a clone of Delta’s 1970s design. It’s a great design and there’s a bazillion of them out there.

For example, I bought Grizzly parts for my late 90s Craftsman bandsaw.

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WoodenDreams

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#14 posted 02-14-2022 12:03 AM

I personally like the 17” over the 14”. Will the cutting height on the 14” work for you. It might be only 5 1/2” or 6”. What hp is the motor. A matter of comparing spec. Bring along some scrap wood to try it out (to see how is sounds, etc.). I’m sure you already compared the specs with other 14” models. Is it enough to make possibly a bandsaw box? The Grizzly G0555 would be one to care it to. https://www.grizzly.com/products/grizzly-the-classic-14-bandsaw/g0555

For a starter bandsaw. It may be a good deal for you @ $350. From there you could see what features you would preffer, when you go to upgrade.

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Kudzu

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#15 posted 02-14-2022 09:24 AM

How old is the Craftsman? I started buying my major woodworking tools in the 70’s, and at the time found Craftsman shop tools to be pretty well-built and reliable. In fact, I still have a couple of them like my belt/disc sander and my 8” bench grinder that are still cooking along, and I got a good 30 years out of my 1975 Craftsman radial arm saw before I foolishly sold it thinking I wouldn’t need it after I got a quality, Delta table saw. Over the following decades, I did see quality starting to fall off and I would not buy any major used Craftsman tool that was made in the last 20 years. But if the band saw is vintage and in good condition, I’d take the chance.

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