Was in Sears today and happened to notice that they have their 14 inch
band saw on closeout for 428 bucks, marked "discontinued". The store
I was in had two floor models and one boxed. For that price this is a
really nice saw. Only thing it lacks that I would want is a tension
release and there's no obvious way to add one. And yes, I do have one
and have had it for over a year.
Note that there also appears to be a ten percent mail-in rebate on the
Sears site--that would take the price to under 400.
I replaced the tension knob on my Jet BS with a crank. It works quite well
and I take the tension off every time I quit using the saw. It is much
cheaper than the tension release lever and I think it is less of a Rube
Golderg arrangement anyway.
I did the same. Made a wooden crank from a chunk of pallet wood,
screw, and washer. No modifications to the saw required. It was
almost free or get a $150 lever attachment accessory add-on kit.
For $400 better quality used can be found, maybe a Jet, Delta,
Powermatic, possibly a Laguna or General, if you keep looking in local
Best of luck. I stopped buying any corded tool from Sears many years ago.
I had a Craftman drill, skilsaw, and jigsaw that needed parts but instead
were trashed. Guess what parts were available.... things like the cord and
a chuck. They don't want you to fix them, they want you to buy new ones.
30 years ago sears tools were great I would not buy anything from them now
except wrenches and sockets. Sears always has to put their own twist on
things or there better idea . When it comes to Sears tools if it's electric
it will break if it's gas don't worry it wont start. Sears needs to get back
to their roots quality product and a decent price. I have some old
craftsman's power tools 35+ years they just don't stop going.
Look, I didn't intend to start a pissing contest about how lousy Sears
is. I was walking through the store and saw a price that I consider
to be very attractive on something I paid more for and found to be
completely satisfactory and mentioned it in case anybody might want
This brainless sears bashing is as tiresome as Mac and Linux advocacy.
I have NO intention of getting involved in that war.
But I did see an interesting tagline on another group. It went something
like this, "If Macs are so good, why don't they run linux?" I am certain
that will enrage some folks.
It reminds me of that vegetarian joke. If God did not intend for us to eat
meat, he would not have made it taste so good.
I'm not going to put a blanket bash on Sears/Craftsman, but I don't
buy their mechanics tools anymore. The wrenches are not accurate and
the metal is not hard enough. I know this from experience. For sockets
etc, I don't mind them, but I'm constantly getting ratchets replaced.
I recently got two slot screwdrivers replaced because the blade
deforned (twisted) when I tried to remove a stubborn screw. I grabbed
on of those cheap "checkout line" multiple bit screwdrivers and easily
got the screw out without any visible effect on the tool. That's just
I actually do a lot more mechanic work than woodworking (non-
professional), but I am phasing out all of my Craftsman stuff.
I guess I ended up bashing after all, but this is from my own
experience, and it's justified. What really galls me now is that
they've added a new "professional series" of mechanics tools. When I
was a teenager, the everyday Craftsman wrenches were top quality and
there was no need for the "deluxe" series. Sigh.
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