As we all know, there are a gazillion bandsaws out there, and these
questions about bandsaws keep coming up, so I wondered if we could do
a thread here where people would actually tell us the pros/cons of
various makes/models they are using?
For instance, I'm looking at a bunch of new/used 14" bandsaws and I'm
wondering whether something is a good buy or if it's nothing but
headaches down the road. Some of the BSmodels it seems many of us are
Delta 14" - Delta has many versions, but the basic casting must be the
same. Right now they have that closed base 2-speed unit on sale for
$539.00 tomorrow only. Is it a solid dependable machine, and what are
Likewise, I was looking at a Rikon 14" in Woodcraft today. Only $499,
and they are having a 1-day 10% off sale tomorrow. Is this a decent
saw even though there's no riser option?
General International has a 14" at Woodcraft that looks like a Delta
clone, and for $499 it comes with the dust port, closed base, what
appears to be a Uni-clone fence (oversize chrome tubes, aluminum
fence, etc.) and miter. Buy it tomorrow and get the 10% discount.
Jet 14" is another one, and then there's the Sears Professional 14"
for $475 delivered. Powermatic is yet another.
Personally, I'm not really hung up on re-sawing 12" stock, so that's
not a factor for me. But it might be when you go to sell something,
so the capability has to be considered.
So if you actually use one of these models, how about telling us the
good, the bad, and even the ugly?