You do not state your projects. Your depth requiremente will determine how
close you can come to $300 for a new saw.
The replies have assumed a 14in bandsaw would fit your needs. The HF 14in
$329.99 and Grizzly 14in $325.99 are almost the same price.
I bought a Grizzly 15in as my first saw. I then found at times I wanted
greater depth, and so purchased a Grizzly 17in, which I am still using.
In my view, I would choose Grizzly over HF any day. A big difference is
that Grizzly have meaningful technical support and the expectation of being
able to purchase replacement parts over time.
HF gives me the impression that it is "supplier of the day" and who knows
whether the supplier will have any tech support, or whether replacement
parts will be available in the future.
Whichever path you choose, buy soon. The fuel price increases will soon hit
the imported equipment market. Expect to see some significant price
Other replies have discussed the value of tuning, decent guides, decent
blades, which will be needed for whichever model you purchase.
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