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Has anyone used a Craftsman 14 " Bandsaw? I am looking at a used one later today. Thanks
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Has anyone used a Craftsman 14 " Bandsaw? I am looking at a used one later today. Thanks
Hi David:

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http://www.routerforums.com/woodwork...15-brands.html

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David if its the newer Craftsman Bandsaw they are made by Rikon not the Hung Li Seng company and actually a very highly rated bandsaw . Its almost identical to the Rikon 10-320 and 325 version, quite a capable machine in its own right., Best 14" Bandsaws: Grizzly vs. Rikon vs. Powermatic vs. Laguna and More |
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David if its the newer Craftsman Bandsaw they are made by Rikon not the Hung Li Seng company and actually a very highly rated bandsaw . Its almost identical to the Rikon 10-320 and 325 version, quite a capable machine in its own right., Best 14" Bandsaws: Grizzly vs. Rikon vs. Powermatic vs. Laguna and More |
Hi Tommy and David:

There's a reason a lot of vendors are selling the "flat top & round top" 14-inch. They are a robust and reliable machine. The Italian designed 14" that the Rikon is based on is also an excellent machine. I can't comment on the Rikon version. I haven't tried one. I have seen one of the old Italian ones and the DoAll machines are based on a concept similar to the Italian design. It's rock solid. BTW, all the flat top machines in the the article are the same.

The proof is in the pudding. Try it first. Open it up and take a look at the adjustments and make sure they're all working properly. Lastly, look at the welds and see if there are any that are cracked.

Thanks I'm going to add a section to the 14" bandsaws of things that can go wrong.

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Yup,Them chinese have gotten real good at copying others designs,While the Rikon is manufactured in China as well as the Craftsman the Laguna's are actually manufactured in Europe. The flatop design has been used there for over 40 yrs and has only recently made it to our shores for hobbywork. While it has been used in commercial applications for yrs in industrial applications. Similiar in design to Tanneweitz and other europeon design manufacturers they generally offer better resaw capabilities than most roundtop bandsaws. If that craftsman is in decent shape and a flatop buy it if the price is right, say $200 or less. Otherwise I'd get the Griz 14 incher for around $450 shipped to your front door., G0580 14" Bandsaw 3/4 HP

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Thanks everyone. I seen the bandsaw yesterday and it looks to be about 10 years old. I am still not sure about it. The wheels did not have any rubber tires on them so that would be another cost. He want $150.00. I think I am going wait and see. Thanks again
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I have the Craftsman Professional 14", and it is a lovely machine. very heavy, and once you get the hang of adjusting the myriad of little wheels that hold the blade in place, it does a really lovely job. I can take pics if you need me to.
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I have the Craftsman Professional 14", and it is a lovely machine. very heavy, and once you get the hang of adjusting the myriad of little wheels that hold the blade in place, it does a really lovely job. I can take pics if you need me to.
Hi Robin:

Does your saw have squared corners or rounded ones? I'm talking about the top wheel casing and the bottom one. If you have rounded ones, you have the 14" import. Craftsman stuck their brand on it too. If you do have it, I'd like the model number and any other information you can provide i.e. specifications etc.

If someone is looking up this thread in the future, it is possible that parts not available from Sears can be had from bandsaw specialty houses in Canada and the USA.

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At that price you're getting close to the floor 14" bandsaw that Harbor Freight has with coupon. $80 more gets you a platform you could literally do anything with, aside from cutting something greater than 14" wide. For a HF product, I (and a couple of others) found build quality you'd except from the other Tai-Chi 14" saws that are probably built in the same factory. You can add a riser block, upgrade the motor, put some great blades on, and if the build quality is where it needs to be, could literally last you a lifetime.

But if you're cost or space challenged, it's understandable to go with a benchtop model. Of the benchtops, I'd probably only go with a Rikon, or Rikon-built version. Too many questions and inconsistencies I found with other models to justify buying.

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