The reviews are mostly positive, anybody have any experience with this or recommend another affordable bandsaw for under $200?
Yes, I picked one of these up recently at Sears
It has a 4 3/4" resaw capabilty, and for what it is... put together fairly well. A couple things to keep in mind:
If you need to cut verrrry small circles, and hope to use a 1/8" blade... forget it, the roller bearings (which are cheap, quality wise) will not move enough for that small of a blade. 1/4", 3/8", 1/2" blades... no problem tracking with them.
1/3 hp motor... if you don't push it too far, and are patient, it will cut 1" thick aluminum... slowly, but surely. With a decent blade, and a slowish cutting speed, you should be able to resaw to the saws capacity.
If you are keen to using as little shop space for the saw, and can work within the limitations of the saw, and hopefully catch a sale or get a deal from the "Craftsman Club", I don't think you would regret it. I don't, but still plan on getting a larger saw to handle the wider resawing like this one in your area:
Band Saw-14" with lots of extras - $400 (Coppell TX) Band Saw-14" with lots of extras
Here are a couple more you can try for a "local" generic search: dallas all for sale / wanted classifieds "band saw" - craigslist dallas all for sale / wanted classifieds "bandsaw" - craigslist
Like everything else in woodworking... the better you know your needs, the better you can plan your purchases. hth