Michael Fortune has a 3/4 hp Rigid that he uses to resaw 12" oak on
according to one of the articles he wrote
about tuning a bandsaw.
I tuned my 14" Jet in accordance with his suggestions and it does great.
There is no blade drift and I can resaw 12" oak.
I cut tenons on it instead of my tablesaw. I very seldom rip a board on the
The Rigid looks a lot like the Jet.
The ones I have looked at in person certainly had that made to a low
price Chinese look to them. I'm very happy with my Made in Canada
General woodworking bandsaw and I'm glad I bought a heavy duty unit at
the time instead of one of the lighter ones. I expect to still be
using that saw 20 or more years from now.
I picked one up off craigslist in my area for next to nothing.I spent
the time to tune it up and put a Timberwolf blade on it. I'm a home
hobbiest and and it fits my needs. Although the toughest thing I've
probably done with it is re-saw some 8/4 x 6" cherry..it cut smooth
with almost no drift at all. Did a wonderful job slitting the
chestnuts yesterday too. I'm happy.
Frank from Florida
I love craigslist. You can buy anything at a fraction of the original price. I
bought a Delta's 28-262 premium edition Made in USA (lightly used), with
Carter's guide for $250 at SF's craigslist. For the last six months, I came
across a brand new un open Delta hollow chisel mortiser for $100, an Atlas's
lathe with full accessories for $250. How about a Performax 22-44 Pro Drum
Sander for $250?
Here, in the SF Bay you can buy anything from craigslist. You need to wait for
the right item and at the price to pay to show up. We too have a fair bit of
trash here, be patient and wait, inevitably you will find a good deal. I bought
a fair amount of woodworking machines in craigslist. Two months ago, I bought a
vintage Atlas model 64 DP for $100. It was incorrectly listed for $75. However,
when I tested the DP, I knew it was worth far more than $100. Under the thick
coat of dirt, the paint work and machine is in excellent condition. Atlas DP is
much more solid than my vintage Delta 14" floor standing DP and it had a unique
adjustable center idler (made by Savage MFG CO.) I have never seen before.
How about this one Rockwell Delta DP?
Delta Unisaw anyone, bit pricey?
I just love craigslist, especially sf's craigslist.
I have found many tools/accessories on Craigslist also. One thing for sure,
you can always find Craftsman Bandsaws and Craftsman radial arm saws, at
least in my area. I see one of each about once a day or every two days.
In our area, it's mostly low-end tools. I've been looking for a welder
for a while. I can find the cheap 110v Hobart or other Chiwanese brand
welders and an occasional high-end industrial grade welder with an
accompanying generator, but nothing in between.
If you're going to be dumb, you better be tough
The better bandsaws are Luguna and General. Jet and Delta are not
quite as good as they used to be. If you go cheap, you'll regret it
when you must do a total bandsaw tuneup--one of the most dreaded
operations in the shop.
This is good information. Take it.
When I had to have a bandsaw I
looked and looked, waited and waited
for one to show up on Craig's lists
within 200 miles and finally bought
the Rigid on sale for $275. After
reinforcing and redesigning the table
supports, balancing the wheels, and
installing cool blocks and a Timberwolf
blade it now works like a champ. It's
similar to buying an old Stanley #5
and spending hours leveling the frog,
chipbreaker, sole etc. or buying a
new platinum designer plane. One way
or another you will pay in time or
Thanks to all for the info.
I am in a quandary here cause I just won some gift cards to Home Depot.
I already have a Rigid table saw and absolutely love it. I got a Rigid
15" drill press a couple of months ago and love it too. I have had a
Rigid planer/joiner for a couple of years now, so I have been happy with
their stuff for a while.
I just play in the shop at night and on weekends, so this is not going
to be used in a production environment, and I am in the process of
replacing all the 25 year old Craftsman stuff I inherited from my dad
when he passed 5 years ago.
The Rigid band saw looks like it is solidly made, just wish it came with
Lowes has the Delta 14" open stand band saw on sale in my area for $399,
but that is still more than the Rigid sells for. Wonder if they will
honor a HD gift card?
I just don't think the Delta is that much better than the Rigid, and my
budget (think SWMBO) won't allow me to climb into the $500+ range at
Part of what I inherited was about 1500 BF of wood that my dad bought
from an old woodworker up in middle tennessee where he lived who had
gotten too old to use it. He bought a Foley Bellsaw planer and some hand
tools and two pickuploads of wood for $400 in 1987. I still got 3/4 of
it when we moved him back to town after he got too old to stay at the
farm by himself. Some of the stuff I had never seen before. Zebra wood,
lots of mahogany, walnut, oak, cedar, maple. Had to leave most of the
cedar and some of the walnut cause it had gotten warped beyond use cause
my dad did not store it very well (read in a big pile next to the barn).
I grabbed the best stuff and left the rest.
Yeah it held up for a lot of years, but it was starting to wear out. The
arbor on the table saw was bad, could not aligne the blade for nothing.
10" band saw has a vibration since the tires rotted off and were
replaced. The size of the cut is too small to resaw anything of an
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