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02-16-2014 11:42 PM

Topic tags/keywords: craftsman band saw box band saw bandsaw grizzly g0580 g055 porter cable blade scroll

Hello all, first time poster looking for some advice. I’ve recently been looking at band saws and with all the options, pros and cons of each brand, I’m about drove nuts. I have narrowed my choices down to the following three saws:

Craftsman BAS350 (Rikon clone)

Lowe’s Porter Cable PCB330BS

Grizzly G0580

As you may well tell from my choices, I am trying to keep a budget of between $400-$500. Here is what I will most likely be using the band saw for cutting band saw boxes, patterns, and parts for other projects. I doubt I will be doing much resawing as I will more than likely buy my lumber already sized and surfaced for now. Here is what I have been able to learn about these saws.

The Craftsman BAS350 has some good reviews. The 8 inch resaw capacity would allow me to cut larger band saw boxes and perform an occasional resaw. It is also on sale right now for $399. The cons with this saw is the possible lack of support down the road. I am also wary of the more expensive yet less available blades for this saw. I’ve also read that since the saw only has one trunion, the table can flex a bit. Additionally, the minimum blade size is supposedly 1/4”. I don’t know how much a 1/4” blade will limit me with cutting band saw boxes and other scroll type work.

The Porter Cable uses the more available 93.5” blades, has a one horse power motor (same as craftsman), and a larger table. It also features two cast aluminium trunions and has overall good reviews on It will accept a 1/8” blade unlike the Craftsman. It is about $50 more than the Craftsman however.

Lastly, the Grizzly G0580. I haven’t found many reviews about this saw because I imagine that most people just pony up the extra cash and buy the G055. However, it is $100 more than the G0580 and $205 more than the Craftsman when including freight. As far as I can tell, I can’t see much difference spec wise between the G0580 and Porter Cable. All I know is that the Grizzly brand seems to be well received.

So folks, I put it to you. Which band saw would be best for me considering my budget and the work I’ll be performing? Am I overlooking anything? Any advice would be greatly appreciated, especially from those who own one or more of these saws. I also know if I only spend X amount more I can get a better or bigger saw, but this is my budget and I want to stay within it. Thank you in advance!

-- Jigsaw, band saw, table saw, scroll saw. Of these I have none.

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#1 posted 02-16-2014 11:59 PM

I’d go with the SawStop or the Harbor Freight. The Festool if you have the bucks. :-)

-- "Man is the only animal which devours his own, for I can apply no milder term to the general prey of the rich on the poor." ~Thomas Jefferson

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#2 posted 02-17-2014 12:17 AM

Many people have heard of my negative experience with Griz’s BS. Short answer, i would not even consider the Griz B/S.

-- Rustfever, Central California

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#3 posted 02-17-2014 12:21 AM

Would you care to elaborate rustfever?

-- Jigsaw, band saw, table saw, scroll saw. Of these I have none.

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#4 posted 02-17-2014 01:43 AM

Buy the one that you like the best that is closest to you and spend the freight money on something else. I bought and quickly resold a Grizzly BS a couple years ago. (Severe Vibration issues that I didn’t want to deal with and not worth the return hassles.) Like the saying goes…Buy Local : )

-- I'm absolutely positive that I couldn't be more uncertain!

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#5 posted 02-17-2014 01:45 AM

I have the PC. Runs like a singer sewing machine. I’ve had it for two years now – absolutely no problems. I bought the griz riser block kit, and installed it on the PC. Had to “rearrange” the pin configuration, but cheaper than anybody else wanted for a riser kit, including shipping.

Plus it’s a Delta clone.

-- When I was a kid I wanted to be older . . . . . this CRAP is not what I expected ! RIP 09/08/2018

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#6 posted 02-17-2014 02:31 AM

I could probably flip a coin between the PC and Craftsman.
The Craftsman has the extra resaw clearance. But the PC takes the common 93.5 blades.
Of course, you can order blades to custom lengths for not much more than stock blades.
The Grizzly looks like a good product, but no better than the other two.

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#7 posted 02-17-2014 02:34 AM

To answer your question, out of the three you listed I’d go with the PC. You have the cost savings on shipping, good parts support and it isn’t a bad saw. On the down side, the PC band saw while a Delta clone, (Black and Decker kept the Delta designs and re-branded them as PC when they sold the Delta line to Chang Type) is a consumer grade and not one of the best.

If I were looking for a BS, I’d look on CL for a used one. For the money you’re looking to spend you can find a good older higher quality, more powerful saw. You need to be willing to wait til you find the right one though. You don’t say where you’re from, but in my area, I see plenty of older Delta 14” and 16” 2 or 3hp single 110 and 220 saws in that price range.

-- Tom Finnigan - Measures? We don't need no stinking measures! - Hmm, maybe thats why my project pieces don't fit.

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#8 posted 02-17-2014 03:25 AM

Don’t limit yourself to size. I would go with at least a 14 inch for future skill developments. Also stay away from crap made offshore. Buy good old American made ( or Canadian ) Take a look at the general made in Quebec. Top quality tools. One thing about buying a quality tool, you will never say to yourself I wish I didn’t buy such a nice tool. Only my view, others may not agree.

-- Denis in Grande Prairie. Yesterday is history, tomorrow is a mistery, but today is a gift. That is why it is called the present.....Pink !

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#9 posted 02-17-2014 03:51 AM

I appreciate all the replies. Tefinn, craigslist in my area is pretty well a no go when it comes to used band saws. The only ones that have popped up locally are the three wheel Deltas and the 12” “electronic” Craftsmans. There was a 14” delta for sale but it was farther than I was wanting to drive.

The availability of blades has become less of an issue than I previously thought since as Tedstor mentioned, I can custom order them. Besides, I will be ordering my blades online anyway since no one in my locale carries blades much less band saws. As it is, I have to drive an hour just to pick up the Crapsman or the PC.

I also agree with Dusty56, the money spent on freight would be better spent elsewhere. I especially like Dusty’s sig :)

So right now I’m between the PC and the Craftsman. I’m leaning more towards the Craftsman since it has 8” cut height out of the box and I don’t really want to mess with putting a riser block on the PC. Of course, the 6” on the PC might be enough for all I’m planning on doing anyway. I think I might have to just”flip a coin” as Tedstor suggests.

Thanks folks, your advice is appreciated and you have given me plenty to think about.

Grumpy749, I agree with your sentiment, however, my budget simply won’t go high enough for me to buy American made (is there such a thing anymore?).

On another note, how do I turn off email notifications for new thread messages? I don’t see a user CP anywhere. NEVERMIND, I found it.

-- Jigsaw, band saw, table saw, scroll saw. Of these I have none.

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#10 posted 02-17-2014 03:52 AM

This might not be the right place for this but im so disappointed in porter cable anymore I wont even consider them. But most of my disappointment comes from there cordless equipment. I use cordless tools for a living and poter cable has let there stuff go so far down hill its a shame. They use to be top notch tools. I do have a 690 router in my shop but I wouldnt go out of my way to recommend it to anyone, imo there are way better routers out there. I do have a griz bs and never had a problem with it but it sounds like I got lucky. My best advise is to by the best the budget allows. Ive never regreted buying a tool that I may have had to stretch for but have regreted buying alot of tools I went cheap on

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#11 posted 02-17-2014 04:11 AM

I have the Craftsman BAS350 and I’m very pleased with it. I like the ball bearing blade guides, the dual dust ports and the 8” resaw capacity. Getting the 99 3/4” blades isn’t a problem. I order them from
The Rikon 13-900 fence fits the saw perfectly.
I think for the price this bandsaw can’t be beat. Also the table is larger than the Porter Cable table. The Craftsman is 15.75X20.375 and the PC is 16X16.

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#12 posted 02-17-2014 04:27 AM

Thank you for your input WhyMe. I think your post just made my decision even easier. And thank you for the link to the blades and the Rikon fence.

-- Jigsaw, band saw, table saw, scroll saw. Of these I have none.

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#13 posted 02-17-2014 04:44 AM

Agree with WhyMe, got the Craftsman about a month ago for $379 taxes included and a 1/2 inch wood slicer from Highland Woodworking for about $30 and so far can’t complain at all. The bearing guides are quite easy to adjust and a big plus when compared to the others since it would probably need to be aftermarket.

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#14 posted 02-17-2014 05:11 AM

Thank for your input about the Craftsman Mimeda.

-- Jigsaw, band saw, table saw, scroll saw. Of these I have none.

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#15 posted 02-17-2014 11:00 AM

Hit Craigslist out of your area if you can, in that price range you would get a lot more for your money buying used. Then again the price of gas…

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