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About 4 weeks ago, i sent an e-mail on a CL ad for a 20" Craftsman Industrial drill press about 2 hours from me. Never heard back, ended up buying a different one (fair deal on a 17" Delta). The guy just called me a few minutes ago, had been out of town for a few family emergencies and a funeral--he's 85 so i can forgive that. In his favor is that he is a retired machinist and woodworking was a hobby--they tend to be more fastidious than most tool owners/users. Anyway, he mentioned a need to downsize, and was talking about a few tools in his way.

Catching my attention was a mention of a 17" Craftsman bandsaw--he's thinking from the mid-90's, and like the drill press claims very little use. Also mentioned it was a steel frame. He's going to call me tomorrow night with a model number, in the meantime when i googled Craftsman 17" bandsaw (or band saw), nothing came up for 17", i pretty much only saw (pun intended) 14" and 10". I know that we can't tell more without the model number, but i'm wondering if a mid-90's C-Man 17" bandsaw rings a bell with anyone--since i am too impatient to wait a day!!

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Earl- Good find!

Craftsman had some 18" bandsaws: 351.243.396, 351.243.961 and 351.243.371 were single speed 18" bandsaws. 351.243.981 was a 3-speed 18" bandsaw.

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Thanks Mike, that's encouraging coming from you. Company named Colovos in Chicago is the listed vendor for 351. products, but if i understand correctly they arranged the import and rebadging of various tools. Using your info to search with, mid-1990's to early 2000's 18" saws may have been German made by Meber.

The guy suggested $350 to me on the phone--if the right model number comes up when he calls tomorrow, it could be worth the drive to look at.

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Especially if it is that 3-speed model!

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Especially if it is that 3-speed model!
No kidding!! He was thinking he paid about $700 +/- around 20 years ago, so it was pricy in its day.
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A saw that size would have to be a piece of crap not to be worth $350. He doesn't sound like the kind of guy that would buy or own a piece of crap. Most machinists are fussier than I am about their tools.

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Where is this at, I would be interested in it. I think it will be way to far away, I am in So Calif.
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Well, i finally got the model number last night. He thought it was a 17", turned out to be a 14" model 119.224010, not an improvement over my Ridgid 14" so i won't have to drive to Indianapolis. Couldn't find much in the way of specs, but seems like it has an 8" resaw and 1 HP motor (as disclosed by Craftsman--hard to say if that's real horse or max developed from them). If i had no BS, i'd consider it, but not at $350.

The drill press i originally e-mailed about is a 20" model 137.229200 that he had listed for $450. I'd guess he'd take less as it's been over a month and i was the only person to ask about it. But...while i waited i picked up a 17" Delta, Rockler DP Table, heavy mobile base and a set of Sommerfeld arched door templates for $300--all virtually unused. So i'm out of the DP market.

Nice old guy--wish he'd been closer on the size of that band saw. Thanks for the input!!

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That turned out to be a great deal. It's a floor model , right? Have you restored it?
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That turned out to be a great deal. It's a floor model , right? Have you restored it?
Well, i spent a half hour or so dusting it off and put a fresh coat of T-9 on the table before i put the head back on. Haven't considered a full restore yet--you think i need to consider it??

I thought i had a few more pics, it was in great shape with no surface rust other than that little stain on the column. I did look at the Delta and ereplacement parts sites to see what it would take to add the forward tilt table like the 18-900 or 20-950--crazy money and i'd have had to piecemeal the assembly. Not worth it in my opinion!!

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