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Forum topic by BigJerryWayne posted 03-30-2013 10:23 PM 1537 views 0 times favorited 9 replies Add to Favorites Watch
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03-30-2013 10:23 PM

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A buddy called me yesterday to see if I could help him with a project. I got there and he had bought a new HF band saw. After finishing the project, we tackled the saw. Much to my surprise, it seemed as it was as good of quality as the Craftsman saw that I have been seriously considering buying. Both are 14” saws.The HF is a 3/4 hp-7.1 amp, and the Craftsman is a 1 hp-4.5/9 amp. He got the extended warranty, I think he said it was 3 year replacement. Now I am thinking about buying a HF saw. HF saw is $360, and Craftsman is $450. I was just wondering what some of you thought.

-- An oak tree is just a nut that stood it's ground.

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#1 posted 03-30-2013 10:55 PM

The HF is a Delta clone, with a cast iron frame. The Craftsman is a Rikon OEM, with a welded steel frame. Out of the box, the Craftsman has, I think, more resaw capacity than the HF. That and the 1HP motor would be better if you plan on doing any resaw work.

With a height extender kit, you can probably give more resaw capacity to the HF, but you’ll still be limited by the lower powered motor.

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#2 posted 03-30-2013 11:49 PM

I’m a little curious about this also because I’ll be I the market for a new band saw pretty soon.

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#3 posted 05-06-2013 03:11 AM

I know nothing about the Craftsman saw, but I love my HF saw. I have resawd 5” beech, oak, and other hardwoods with no problems. Woodslicer blade 1/2”.

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#4 posted 05-06-2013 12:07 PM

Jerry and I have done alot of work with the Craftsman a fown it to a go saw and I do alot oak furniture and table tops.

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#5 posted 05-06-2013 07:06 PM

I just bought the Cman for $375 out-the-door at Sears. It re-saws 8”, don’t know about the HF version. All other things being equal, I would go Cman because of the extra power and the two slots in the table.

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#6 posted 05-06-2013 07:20 PM

the craftsman is a much more modern and a good (usually) design I have one made by multico and English company (I believe) or European, and it works great very precise etc etc.I wish you years of safe bandsawing buddy and have fun. Alistair

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#7 posted 05-06-2013 10:54 PM

I know the HF uses a generic frame motor. I am not sure how the C-man motor mounts. this would be the deciding factor for me. cause if the motor burns out the HF BS is very easy to slap any motor on, and there is enough room in the stand you could drop a 10HP on it if you wanted to. If the C-man burns up how specific is the motor. a swap may be more costly than its worth.
just my point of view.

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#8 posted 05-07-2013 01:54 PM

and the hf is only 6” resaw capable

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#9 posted 05-07-2013 03:32 PM

He took the HF saw back and got another one. On the first one the top wheel was off center about 1/8” and made the frame vibrate. Got the second one put together, now the tire on the bottom wheel has a slight raised spot that is about 6”-8” long. It does cause some vibration, but nothing like the first one was. I wonder if the tire might be trimmed to get the high spot down.

-- An oak tree is just a nut that stood it's ground.

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