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Forum topic by RogerC posted 03-06-2012 12:20 AM 1812 views 0 times favorited 3 replies Add to Favorites Watch
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03-06-2012 12:20 AM

Topic tags/keywords: general band saw bandsaw deluxe 14

So recently my old craftsman bandsaw has bit the dust. As such I’m looking into getting a nice new saw as I just can’t seem to find the right one on kijiji. I am a pretty big fan of General tools, though can’t decide which saw is for me. I will be doing a bit of resawing, and roughing out bowl blanks etc as well. will also no doubt be making some curvy cuts etc along the road. As of right now I’m looking at the deluxe 14” as seen here which is 500 off right now at tegs tools, going for $1500. Though the normal 17” is also on sale 300 off goign for $1899 . However this is just the standard one everyone is making and making it for a lot less, so I dont know why the general is worth so much more i can’t see the components being that much better on it then say the king Canada. This is why I sorta like the deluxe 14”, only general is making this model, so I know that it is to there specs and standards. Of course I could also just spend 900 and get a standard everyday bandsaw. but as I sit here typing and looking at a really nice peice of 4/4 curly maple I’m going to want to resaw that is about 8inches wide i just cant help but doubt the riser pack and basic ability of the cheaper saws. Wow that turned out to be a bit of a ramble eh! What would you guys do??

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#1 posted 03-06-2012 01:49 AM

I’m not too fond of having roller bearings for my blade guides. So far all of the saws I’ve used that had them didn’t perform any better than those with well-tuned guide blocks and the bearings had to be lubricated or replaced regularly.

Riser blocks are something I’d avoid unless they are really, really needed. I use a delta 14” saw that someone converted with a larger motor and a riser block. It cuts well enough but I’ve not been able to tune all the vibration out of it yet. I’ll probably have to mess with shims in order to get it working smoothly.

The standard 14” Delta in my own shop works very well. It doesn’t have anything fancy on it with the exception of a quick release tension lever. It does have a 4” dust port built in which is nice.

With really good tuning and a good, sharp blade, I’ve resawn 8” wide boards with a Delta 14” and a 1HP motor.

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#2 posted 03-06-2012 01:55 AM

A couple of years ago I got the 18” Craftex at BusyBee. I am happy with it. I have cut planks out of birch logs with a 1 1/4 blade and I have a 1/4” blade for fine work. 2 hp with several speeds. It was just under $1000 on sale. My only complaint is that the stamped steel wing is not very sturdy. My 1 1/4” blade is not very good. I will have to replace it.

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#3 posted 03-06-2012 03:19 AM

Thanks for the input guys. Does any one actualy own this saw and have comment to make? It is fairly new so would be nice to here a review

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