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post #1 of 5 (permalink) Old 11-12-2011, 03:33 PM Thread Starter
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I'm thinking about buying a table top band saw. Currently I'm looking at the Craftsman 10" model. I usually like the Craftsman tools but I thought I'd call upon the extensive knowledge and experience of this group. Do people like something else better in this size and price range? I'd like to be able to cut aluminum up to 1/8" thick occasionally on it. And I want to have good solid rip fences and slider jigs to help keep the cuts straight. Can anyone help me?
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About the only bench top Bandsaws I would ever recommend are in fact the Craftsman and Rikons. (Both made in the same factory) I have looked at some of the other bench top offerings and see cheap quality machines.
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I got a Craftsman. So far it's working very nicely.
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I bought the Craftsman clone of the Rikon 10". My big decision point on a band saw was the space and couldn't fit the larger floor ones, although I would love a 14" with a riser.

The saw works well if you accept its limitations of size. Like a jointer, the length of wood you can resaw is limited due to the table size. The fence isn't the best and needs to be played with if you want to be accurate. The miter is too far from the blade for my liking. Curious to me is that this is a smaller saw and the guide bearings will crash into the fence if you try to cut narrower stock.

At the time of my purchase, the Craftsman was $100 less than the Rikon.

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I can only help by process of elimination. We bought a Delta bench top 10" and would NOT recommend it to any one.
It's a small saw that won't keep any brand of 1/8" on the wheels. Even 3/16" often runs off.

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