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Mastercraft bandsaw opinions needed

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Old 10-11-2005, 09:35 PM   #1 (permalink)
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I'm thinking about getting a bandsaw and need some feedback, particularly from my fellow Canadians as the one I've got my eye on is distributed only in Canada. Of course, since it looks JUST like the Delta model I'm sure it's sold all over.

It's a Mastercraft 9" bandsaw. Anyone have any experience with this one? Good? Bad? It's used and at a very attractive price and appears in great condition.

Thanks in advance for any feedback.

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Old 10-12-2005, 04:30 PM   #2 (permalink)
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Hello BrianS,

I have no experience with Mastercraft but if you are going to buy a bandsaw I would suggest looking at a 12 or 14" model. Unless price is the object.

I have a 12" bandsaw and looking to buy a 14" or larger bandsaw soon.
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Realizing the inherent limitations of a smaller bandsaw, I still think this is worth it as a beginners machine. It's half the price of new, and for my immediate needs I think it will be fine. I'm not planning on doing a lot of re-saw work, just want it for some detail cutting that I can't do on the table saw. I'm just getting into this as a hobby so too soon to tell if I'm going to stick with it or move onto something else.

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Sounds like you have made up your mind to get the bandsaw but if you are a beginner I would not add a band saw to your shop until you have a lot of other items.... since I don't know what you have I can not say if this is the tool you need next. But sometime ago a few of us made up our list of "first tools" so please before you lay down the $$ check post:
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If you want to do some curved cuts and you don't have one a good jig saw would be a better idea.... This sort of hand-held tool will be useful even if you decide woodworking is not for you.... it then becomes a handyman tool for jobs around the house.

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Thanks Ed. That was a pretty impressive list in that other thread. Surprisingly enough, (to me anyways) I have most of them already. I've become an auction hound as of late and picked up quite a few things in anticipation.

You mentioned a jig saw. I purchased an old B&D router and table a while back. The instructions with the table show using it either with the router or mounting a jig saw upside down in it. It's probably a pretty poor excuse for a scroll saw, but have you ever seen one, or know of someone who's used the table in this manner?

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As long as you are aware of the limitations of a 3 wheel band saw go for it . After you use it for a while you will have a better idea of what features you would prefer in a band saw.

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Did you get that Mastercraft bandsaw and if so how do you like it?
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Yes, I got it but have not had a chance to use it yet. Furnace died, 2 daughters moved out.... all in the same month!! I'll let you know how I like it when my world stops falling apart.
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