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Old 11-07-2018, 08:27 PM
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Itís piece of junk, but got me through the build
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Old 11-07-2018, 10:02 PM
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Check Craig's List and see if you can pick up an early Rockwell Delta 14" bandsaw like this:



I bought one early this year, changed the wiring and pullies to slow it down, and a metal blade.

This is a saw that will outlive your grandchildren.
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Old 11-08-2018, 10:49 AM
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I have decided to get a new bandsaw but a different brand. Right now I'm leaning towards a Rikon 10-326.

Thanks for the help, everyone. Your postings were instrumental here.

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Old 11-08-2018, 11:07 AM
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Nice saw, though a bit pricey.

I bought a Jet 18" for about the same price...that's my woodshop saw, though.

Don't forget a good quality blade...I like personally like the Lenox brand...
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Old 11-08-2018, 05:43 PM
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I bought the Rikon bench bandsaw at the start of my RV-10 build. It has proven to be a good, well designed and constructed band saw for a reasonable price.
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Old 11-08-2018, 05:54 PM
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Good to know. That's what I was hoping for.

My old broken one is now gone and I'll get the new Rikon in the next day or so.

Dave
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Old 11-08-2018, 06:08 PM
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Turn around and run. Run very fast.

The only tool worse than a Grizzly tool is a Harbor Freight tool. Or is it Harbor Fright?

I bought a 14" Delta about 4 years ago. It was a new design and model from them, designed to be cheaper to manufacture but still perform well. Instead of a large casting for a frame, it has a big box tube with welded-on parts to form the frame. It was something like $600. I have found it to be really excellent, right out of the box.
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Old 11-08-2018, 06:13 PM
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I have had excellent service from the HF 14" bandsaw. I did convert it to metal cutting by reducing the blade speed and installing a quality blade.

That being said, I have had no issues whatsoever with the saw. I have cut all sorts of aluminum, stainless steel, mild steel, and alloy steel with it...

Is it a precision machine? Hardly, but it does the job and even with the conversion parts and blade, I am at less than $425...
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Old 11-11-2018, 05:08 PM
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I bought a Rikon 10-326 bandsaw instead of the Harbor Freight one. Quality won out this time over cost - my old bandsaw had been a cheap one and while it had been serviceable, it was only barely that and it wouldn't stay in adjustment.

I wrote a review of the Rikon here.

Thanks to every one for the suggestions and comments. One thing that made a serious impression was that so many of you who used the HF bandsaw had changed details about it to make it more workable. I didn't want to do that. And while there are decent bandsaws on Craigslist out here, I decided that it was time for a new one.

Thanks again,
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Old 11-11-2018, 05:21 PM
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Nothing wrong with buying new tools!
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