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10-05-2014 10:49 PM

I’m looking for a decent, affordable band saw for my shop. I’ve seen this one on CL for a while and the seller has lowered the price. Is Buffalo a decent brand? Is this a good deal? Looks like it should clean up nice. I like the light bulb attachment lol. It’s been hard trying to find a nice band saw on my local CL. Everyone wants too much money for their crap. I’m looking for something akin to this. Not a small benchtop and not a huge monster.

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#1 posted 10-06-2014 12:05 AM

Buffalo is another of the Taiwan brands. Don’t know if they are still around. My only hesitation would be that early Taiwan stuff had similar quality issues that the Japanese had after WWII, and that the Chinese have now. But, it should be okay, especially considering your budget restraints.

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#2 posted 10-06-2014 12:44 AM

I picked up an elephant branded one that looks just like that this summer. It works for me.
Band saws are one of the simplest power tools in the woodworking shop so they aren’t that hard to tune up.
I bought cool blocks and urethane tires off amazon and those got it running smooth.
Paid $100 for mine. You don’t see 14” band Dawes for much cheaper than that.

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#3 posted 10-06-2014 05:25 AM

I could spend more than that for the right saw. But, my local CL is slim pickings for decent band saws. I could buy 12 inch Craftsman saws all day for $150-200, but I think I can do better. There’s a nice looking Delta for $200. The ad is a little vague, though. I think it’s a 14 inch.

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#4 posted 10-06-2014 05:42 AM

Having fussed with an older Taiwan import in
my youth… a black one labeled Cal-Hawk and
darned similar looking to that Buffalo… well,
I’d say consider the Delta.

The Taiwan saws can be made to work well
but it can require some real finessing. I did
the best I could with tuning mine but was
glad to see it go when I got my first INCA
band saw.

If the Buffalo was the only remotely affordable
14” saw in your market, I’d say go for it.

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#5 posted 10-06-2014 09:08 PM

I think you should go for Delta band saw. Do you happen to know the model?

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#6 posted 10-06-2014 11:02 PM

The ad is a little vague. I sent an email asking for more details about the saw. I’m still waiting for a response. Maybe someone here knows more about it.

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#7 posted 10-07-2014 12:26 AM

The Delta is sold. The guy forgot to take down the post. I hate Craig’s list.

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