I 'm looking at buying a bandsaw. I know I want a 14". Does anyone have an
opinon on the Harbor Frieght one? It wont get used alot, but I would like
to not have to replace it 5 years from now.
About 5, 6 years ago, I purchased the 3 (4?) speed 14 HF Woodworking Bandsaw
on sale for about $220. I also ordered the riser kit to extend the resaw
capability to 12". It took for....ev...............er.... to get it, a
couple of months. IIRC, the saw went together without any trouble.
Make no mistake, it's not a PM or Laguna, but it has served me well and was
worth the money. The guides and table trunnions are a bit on the light
side, and frankly, if you were doing a lot of resawing or veneer making,
you'd want a better saw. But, for 2 or 300 bucks, I think it's worth it.
I use it mostly for curved parts and some veneer and resaw work. I think
it's the same saw as some of the branded chaiwanese imports, with the
exception of the guides.
Others will chime in...
I've had the single speed version (think I paid 199 for it about ten years
ago) and it's served me well. I almost exclusively use it for cutting chair
seats out of 2" thick pine. Once in a while, I'll do a small resaw, but it
wants to overheat bad.
I have the 4-speed 14" HF bandsaw as well. It does OK. I did replace the
stock blade right away and added cool blocks to it. It doesn't get a lot of
use, but I didn't hire it for for a lot of use, either. It does the curve
cutting tasks that I need done just fine and if it was made on a Monday it
would probably have been painted JET ivory rather than Harbor Fright green.
Enjoy life and *do* well by it
-- it might well be the only chance you get :-)
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