Asking for a friend who seems to be hooked on harbor freight tools. He's
looking at the bandsaw, wants to know if anyone owns one, how good it is and
about getting a riser block for it. I have nothing against HF, even own the
dust collector and a brad nailer, both work great, but he won't consider any
other saw till he finds out about this one. Any and all comments welcome.
I have had one for about four years, with riser block (which they quit
selling for awhile, but think they have resumed sales) Agree with Rick,
throw the blade away and get a quality blade, cool blocks (or roller
blocks) and you will be good to go.
The only problem I have had with it was in setup. I did not get the drive
belts tight enough and it seemed not to have any power. Once I tightened
them up it worked like a charm.
You might try putting a link belt on it...
I put one on my Ridgid BS and it became a lot quieter and easier to fine tune
I have one, with raiser block and am happy with it.
get the roler rockers ($13 or so, a great deal), and get a new blade. the
ones they give are just pure crap...
also, pay attention to the tire plastic thingy on the weels, mine are not
good and cause issue with small blades (1/8 and smaller)... but is no
problem with larger blades.
I own one with riser block & rollers. It's a good saw for the buck ... no
Could use better dust collection ... but he can probably rig something up
from the parts in the Woodcraft or Rockler DC bins and a pair of tin snips.
On of these days I intend to rig a 4" duct with an elbow (for operator
clearance) to the bottom door. But that's probably well into the future.
I'm contemplating getting a stronger blade tension spring and one of those
quick-release doo-hickeys to help with resawing larger logs and to
overcome my tendency to walk away without releasing the tension 'cause
it's such a pain to have to retighten at each use. (I use mine very
briefly several times a week.)
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