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Today my wife purchased a Craftsman 14" band saw for me, on sale $160.00 off, now it will take six weeks to come in so my question is HD has a Ridgid same as the sale price and a Delta for $100.00 more Which one is better buy,
or should I wait for Sears?
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Hi Rob,

That Craftsman is a hard BS to beat!
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Rob I have a Craftsman, Delta and had the Ridgid. I would pass on the Ridgid.

But I need model numbers to see which Delta and craftsman you have to see if they are the ones I own or have used in the past.

The craftsman I have is pretty darn good for the money I can tell you that for sure. The Delta is okay I burned out the motor though, still I am not sure the model you have or are considering.

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Hi Nick
It's a Craftsman/MD Professional #092 827 960 10 -1.Hp Ballbearing induction type motor at Sears.ca the other two were on the floor at HD I don't know there #s
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Yep, get that Craftsman I have it and use it every single day.

I did wear out the bearings, but other than that no problems at all.

You must remember though I have run that saw 4 hours a day for more than two years.

You can always upgrade to some Carter later.

I love the saw and it is the most used saw in my shop. I do have a big 5HP Grizzly for the big re-sawing though, so I rarely do any re-sawing on it over 3" or so. It definitely can Re-saw much wider stock.

I only paid 400.00 USD inc tax and that was a really lucky find. It was worth every penny.

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Thanks Bob & Nick for the input, I will wait six long weeks for the Craftsman to get here.
I feel better already.
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I have a Niece that has one of those C-man saws. She wishes she had a bigger one as it doesn't have the resaw capacity she wants. She's an artist and her main item is band saw boxes.
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UPDATE, I talked to Sears and now they say July 15th maybe, maybe not and my raincheck may not last that long, sure is hard to spend money in these hard economic times.
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Hey Rob, If it doesn,t pan out on the Craftsman Bandsaw I would recommend the Delta 28-276. I have 1 and its a good saw. After I tuned it up it ran fine and cuts rather well for its size. I intend to buy a rizer block kit later for resawing larger stock. I don,t think you can do that w/Craftsman Bandsaws because of their design. Something you might want to consider
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Hi Tommy
Funny you should say that, because that is exactlly what I did.
Went back to HD and got the Delta 28-276 took it home assembled it and tunned it up.
Out of the box: The wheel balance was perfect done at the factory.
: Co-planarity bang on!
: Tracking was very close, took a few minutes.
: Tention was factory set, seems okay
: Guides , took a few minutes
: Motor ,put rubber mounts on I think it helps.
I like this saw, and I think it will do me just fine, it's odd where life takes you when your looking in one direction, then out of the Delta blue comes the solution.
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