It's been a long time since I have had a bandsaw in the shop. My first one was a Delta 9 inch bandsaw. It was ok, and I used it on a few projects but It was pretty lacking in power. I sold it when I made over my shop about 4 years ago or so.
Anyway, I have been thinking on a band saw for quite some time now.. with bobj and Bob Noles. I have had a few bucks saved for it and this one went on sale so my wife threw in a few bucks for a job well done on the kitchen
and more on that when the last counter top comes in. So I decided on one of the new Craftsman 12 inch band saws. I have like what I have read on this saw and it has been the pick of several magazine reviews etc. and it has had good reviews on the forums so I went for it.
I bought the 29.99 2 year warranty to go with it as they will replace any part or the saw if it needs it and they will come to the house once a year and go over the saw, clean it, check parts for wear and replace what needs it. Cant beat that. The saw is made buy the parent company of Rikon and uses much of the same parts as Rikon ( right down to the part numbers) so I feel good about that.
The saw has a real nice sturdy base with a nice matte finish powder coat and the saw it self has the same. Steel frame saw with cast iron table that is really nicely ground and flat. The table was a B- to assemble to the table and changing the angle is a PIA but once set it is set and same with squaring the blade to the table. Fired it up and she runs nice and quiet and appears to be no vibration or anything. Haven't run any wood on it yet... can't do that until I finish the kitchen island that is sitting in the shop with doors and drawers getting poly'd up! It has a 3/4 horse motor and a 7 inch resaw capabilities even though I probably won't do much of that. I think it will be a good saw for me and pretty much all the saw I need for what I do.
Thanks for looking
P.S. Bobj, I took those last 2 photos for you. Doesn't look like you no-go gauge will work on this saw. It doesn't work the same way... It turns on the top buy inserting the lugs into the correpsonding slots on the saw and compresses the spring but the spacing on the knob doesn't change.