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Forum topic by gfadvm posted 04-26-2013 09:30 PM 1454 views 0 times favorited 13 replies Add to Favorites Watch
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04-26-2013 09:30 PM

I think this is the previous model from HF. Anyone have this one/ Like it? Hate it? Bargin or offer less?

Thanks for your help.

-- " I'll try to be nicer, if you'll try to be smarter" gfadvm

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#1 posted 04-26-2013 09:41 PM

I almost bought one like that a couple of years ago for the same price. I did have a chance to use it at a friends house and it worked just fine. There was a little vibration but that could have been the wonky blade. The weld didn’t look right.

I didn’t buy it because another friend offered him more and I wasn’t in need at the time.

It seemed to be a good saw.

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#2 posted 04-26-2013 09:55 PM

Take a 4-5” wide board to the saw and try to resaw it. (if he has a sharp blade on it) If you can stay on a line, that’s a good sign. And/or try some wavy lines, like scallops, also.
Their new flyer lists it at $369.99 + 6.99 shipping. I’d be a buyer for a used one @ $150-$175.

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#3 posted 04-26-2013 09:55 PM

I would be suspicious of a bandsaw with all those speeds. I can’t imagine why anyone would need them and I suspect it was just a marketing gimmick to make inexperienced buyers to think they are getting something extra or advanced, and that kind of marketing makes me mistrust the whole thing. I might be wrong of course, but that is my take on it.

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#4 posted 04-26-2013 10:23 PM

Sounds reasonable to me. Low use. If the price is right compared to a new one it’s worth a try.

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#5 posted 04-27-2013 12:00 AM

It looks like the same one that I have, just a different color and name. I bought mine about 10-15 years ago. I have had no complaints with mine. I have used several different size blades on it, from 1/8”- 3/4” with no problems. I have been able to resaw with the 3/4” with no problems and it cuts straight with or with out a guide when resawing. The different pulley sizes allow you to change the speeds for different size blades. The bottom wheel is fixed and the top wheel adjust easily to adjust for the blade tracking and tensioning. It has a 92 1/2” blade which I’ve had no problem when it comes to buying blades for it. Given that its central machine product line, I would say that its worth the $200 they are asking which by the way was what I had paid for mine.

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#6 posted 04-27-2013 12:17 AM

Thanks for all the good input.

Gene, I don’t plan on resawing anytrhing with this one, just cutting curves. Probably won’t ever see a blade bigger than 1/4”.

I’ll contact the seller and see about trying it out.

-- " I'll try to be nicer, if you'll try to be smarter" gfadvm

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#7 posted 04-28-2013 12:24 AM

I offered the guy $150 and he turned it down today. Then I offered to trade a 12 guage shotgun and he didn’t like that any better. Don’t think I was meant to have this saw!

-- " I'll try to be nicer, if you'll try to be smarter" gfadvm

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#8 posted 04-28-2013 01:22 AM

I have the same saw, had it for about six years and its been trouble free for me! All the parts are interchangeable with Delta, in fact it looks like they used the Delta as a form for casting the HF version. It’s worth the $200 in my opinion.


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#9 posted 04-28-2013 01:54 AM

Thanks Airspeed. I’ll let him ‘soak’ for a few days and make another offer.

-- " I'll try to be nicer, if you'll try to be smarter" gfadvm

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#10 posted 04-28-2013 02:07 AM

I’ve owned one identical to it, bought it from “Enco” in the 80’s. You have to spend a bit of time aligning them, re-setting the blade guides, and tweaking once in a while, but they run all right. Parts are plentiful, too, on eBay. Mine had a rather puny 1/2 hp motor, which is why these were equipped with multiple speed pulleys. I was rather happy with mine, all told! Find your best price on this one!

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#11 posted 04-28-2013 02:10 AM

Thanks PK. That encourages me. I’ve had a lot more positive feedback on this HF than I had on the Ridgid that I asked about recently.

-- " I'll try to be nicer, if you'll try to be smarter" gfadvm

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#12 posted 04-28-2013 02:16 AM

got 2 of these about 15 years ago
one central machinery i think
the other sunhill maybe
(at that time taiwan was the manufacturers)

if you get your blades in more than one at a time
set the saw to it right
you never really need to do anything more
than loosen the top wheel
and put on the sharp blade

i think changing blade sizes back and forth is what really messes with bandsaws
something always is just slightly out each time
and it starts to loosen and wander

both are still running fine
for what they are
the ex got them for her intarsia work

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#13 posted 04-28-2013 03:31 AM

I would think the various speeds would be good for different materials—plastics and aluminum come to mind.



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