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Forum topic by Chris Peroni posted 12-11-2013 04:50 PM 1300 views 0 times favorited 6 replies Add to Favorites Watch
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Chris Peroni

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12-11-2013 04:50 PM

A friend of mine on another forum is asking about good options for a bandsaw- his post:

”I need a good bench top wood cutting bandsaw, one which will cut straight lines when I need it too. The Craftsmans I have now the blade will start making a turn in the wood no matter what I do to adjust it. I would like to keep it under $350.00”

Does anyone here have any advice or suggestions?


-- Never discourage anyone...who continually makes progress, no matter how slow. -Plato

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#1 posted 12-11-2013 04:55 PM

Does it have to be benchtop? For that price, you can find a used Delta (or similar) 14” on Craigslist. I think I paid around $125-$150 for mine.

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#2 posted 12-11-2013 05:22 PM

The only really good benchtop band saw is the INCA 340.

Your friend will have to look for a used one.

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#3 posted 12-11-2013 06:20 PM

How about the Rikon 10-305 or the Craftsman 21400 clone?

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#4 posted 12-11-2013 06:47 PM

I have the Rikon 10-305 . The Craftsman 21400 clone is the same saw without the fence.
I am very extremely satisfied with my Rikon and it can be bought for $200 usually.
When a bandsaw starts to cut crooked it is usually a tension problem, or a blade problem.
I will have to say I could tell a marked difference in cut control when I went to 1/2” “Wood Slicer” blades for making straight cuts

The Wood Slicer blades can be bought from Highland (Hardware) Woodworking. The saw itself is available from many sources, including Highland.

You will probably not be happy with this saw for serious re-saw work as it only has 4 3/8” vertical capacity. But, having said that, I have resawn some 4” cherry and some 3 1/2” red oak and it cut like butter.

Most of the other bench top band saws have aluminum tables and are for very light hobby use. As far as I know, the Rikon is the smallest saw with a cast iron table and that you can get Wood Slicer blades for.

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#5 posted 12-11-2013 08:19 PM

I bought a Ryobi used for $30, the guy couldn’t figure out how to set it up right. If I where in the market for another right now, no question about it. I would find an older 3 wheel Delta with a cast iron table. I think it has a 16” throat. It has a 1/2hp motor and is quite heavy for a bench top saw but far and away anything that’s made today.

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#6 posted 12-12-2013 12:55 AM

Thanks for the tips! I’l pass these along. I think he wants to stay with a bench top as space is limited

-- Never discourage anyone...who continually makes progress, no matter how slow. -Plato

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