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I had been looking at the HF website for a while and noticed that the 14" bandsaw's disappeared for their site. I thought maybe they went away, except that a local store has had one on their floor forever.

I was thinking that maybe it might have been a leftover... Then I found this today-

HF Item #60564 14" bandsaw, 4 speed.
14" Four Speed Woodworking Band Saw

Let's see. $459 regular, on sale for $399... 20% coupon... $319. Hmmm

I've heard a lot about the #32208, but really nothing about this one. The #32208 was rated by many as a Gem.

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I have had a HF 14' bandsaw for a couple of years and like it just fine. No problems.
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If HF lets you use a 20% coupon on a sale item you should jump on it. I've tried and always get told coupon cant be used...
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Mike (tater-head), when my Dad died in Jan of last year - he left a basement loaded with anythting you could think of. Included was a band saw from Harbor Freight. It was inherited by my brother - David, who mostly works with metal. I've spoken to David about that saw and he is very pleased with it. David is an union electrician and has been for over 35 years - he is very pro-American made and typically will not buy Chinese made items, BUT; he tells me that the HF band saw works great every time. He has a variety of (inherited) blades and cuts everything from steel, brass, aluminum, all kinds of wood, etc. He actually likes all aspects of that [bench-top] band saw.
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Honestly Mike I wouldn't consider the saw. The price is attractive but the quality just isn't there. I buy and sell a lot of tools and have found two things over the years. First if you buy something like a Harbor Freight saw you will soon wish you hadn't. Second if you buy a more expensive saw you will have the pleasure of using it instead of the frustration. When you go to sell it you will recoup much of the money you spent. The best of both worlds is to buy a quality saw used. You are buying a company as much as you are buying a saw. If you have a problem setting up your Harbor Freight tool then give them a call and see how far you get. Be prepared to spend at least $800 on a new a saw. It may sound like a lot but in a year you won't remember what you paid but will regret that you didn't buy a better one right from the start.
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Mike, like Gonzo said, if they will let you use the 20% coupon on a sale item, it should be a good buy. Otherwise, with a larger motor and better warranty, I'd consider this Grizzly instead..

G0580 14" Bandsaw 3/4 HP

I don't listen much to folks who dismiss HF out of hand. Much rather listen to the folks who actually own the machines. I don't have that one, but have had good service out of the HF stuff I have purchased! I have also have had good service from all my Grizzly machines and have never had an issue with their customer service.

I have found that hand tools are the best choice when I want to make mistakes at a slower rate of speed.

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That bandsaw pretty works well. Are you planning to buy riser kit too
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Mike, like Gonzo said, if they will let you use the 20% coupon on a sale item, it should be a good buy. Otherwise, with a larger motor and better warranty, I'd consider this Grizzly instead..

G0580 14" Bandsaw 3/4 HP

I don't listen much to folks who dismiss HF out of hand. Much rather listen to the folks who actually own the machines. I don't have that one, but have had good service out of the HF stuff I have purchased! I have also have had good service from all my Grizzly machines and have never had an issue with their customer service.
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I hear you. Funny about this is that most people don't know that HF's 14" bandsaw, the Grizzly 14" you posted, the Rigid 14", the Delta 14", the ShopFox 14", etc. are a group of Taiwanese Import Bandsaws that are all made from the same factory in Taiwan. Companies order their saws from them, with their own distinctive options.

Hot rodding a 14" bandsaw usually involves swapping parts between this line of saws. The 6" riser will swap between all these saws. Grizzly models supposedly have a better tensioner on it (which can be swapped between).

So yes. I've done a bit of homework. I know that underneath it's the same thing. I know that there are may people happy with the basic saw. I know that on the top layer, there are a few things that do matter in the branding options, but that none of them are a dead end.

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[QUOTE=mgmine;318192]Honestly Mike I wouldn't consider the saw. The price is attractive but the quality just isn't there. I buy and sell a lot of tools and have found two things over the years. First if you buy something like a Harbor Freight saw you will soon wish you hadn't. Second if you buy a more expensive saw you will have the pleasure of using it instead of the frustration. When you go to sell it you will recoup much of the money you spent. The best of both worlds is to buy a quality saw used. You are buying a company as much as you are buying a saw. If you have a problem setting up your Harbor Freight tool then give them a call and see how far you get. Be prepared to spend at least $800 on a new a saw. It may sound like a lot but in a year you won't remember what you paid but will regret that you didn't buy a better one right from the start.

I agree with Art,

It takes a little time searching on CL and nickle adds, I put together a pretty nice shop on a tight budget in the last year.
Locally there are always better quality 14" band saws in near new condition for at least half of retail, often with blades, and riser.

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