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Old 11-06-2018, 07:48 PM
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Default Harbor Freight 14" Bandsaw - Comments?

Suddenly need a bandsaw. While I want a higher-end one, the low price of the Harbor Freight one does make that worth considering.

Anyone have one? How do you like it?

Does it need to be completely assembled?

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Old 11-06-2018, 08:07 PM
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Suddenly need a bandsaw. While I want a higher-end one, the low price of the Harbor Freight one does make that worth considering.

Anyone have one? How do you like it?

Does it need to be completely assembled?

Thanks,
Dave
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Mine has been great. I wear hearing protection and use the supplied wood blade for all the aluminum extrusions without lubricant.

Minimal assembly. As with all things HF, check your unit carefully and swap if QC missed things.
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Old 11-06-2018, 08:23 PM
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Mine worked great five years ago....until it suddenly didn't work great, and that didn't take long. I got what I paid for.

Just sayin'.
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Old 11-06-2018, 08:47 PM
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Default Love it

I converted mine to a true metal cutting saw and I love it!!

Works great...
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Old 11-06-2018, 08:48 PM
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I have a green one from several years ago. It cuts fine. It is definitely a budget saw.

The table insert has an opening that's too large and it'll tend to rotate on you and open up even more. The base works but is flimsy. The doors rattle a bit. Blade guides are serviceable but a bit awkward. The table tilt lock is barely serviceable and the table will rotate if you push too hard.

If you get one, check the tires carefully. A friend of mine bought one and the tires had something like 1/16" variation in thickness. It shook like crazy.

Assembly isn't too bad. Instructions are on HF's site. You'll probably want an extra set of hands to install the motor and to lift the saw to the base.

I clip a little LED light to it to light up the blade.
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Old 11-06-2018, 10:11 PM
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I have a metal cutting Harbor Freight saw. It has functioned well. My only suggestion is when you by the band saw blades, buy the best ones. They sell two grades, cheap or expensive. The cheap ones will not last as long.
I have used it for a build on my 7A and working now on my 14A
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Old 11-07-2018, 12:35 AM
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How much are they? You should be able to find a used Delta or Rockwell 14" bandsaw on Craigslists for $300-400 here in Los Angeles.
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Old 11-07-2018, 10:01 AM
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I have a HF floor model multi speed floor model in my shop at home. About 17 years old now. First thing I did was replace the block blade guides with roller guides. It works great and cuts straight with the right blades and blade speed. Had to disassemble and clean the power switch a couple times as it lets in sawing debris and stops rocking correctly, but other than that it has been a great saw. I picked up a Ridgid floor model single speed for my hanger at our lake house for $100 on CL. I swapped out the pulleys with stepped pulleys to slow it down. This machine also works great. I keep a selection of blades on hand so I have what I need when I need it. Bi-Metel for steel and thick aluminum, and hardened Flex-Back for thin aluminum, wood, and fiberglass. Keep your fiberglass blades separated as once you cut fiberglass with them, they are not good for metal cutting any longer,,,,,it really does a number taking the sharp edge off the teeth.
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Old 11-07-2018, 11:17 AM
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hardened Flex-Back for thin aluminum, wood, and fiberglass. Keep your fiberglass blades separated as once you cut fiberglass with them, they are not good for metal cutting any longer,,,,,it really does a number taking the sharp edge off the teeth.
Interesting: which fiberglass parts did you cut with a bandsaw? On my two projects I can't think of a single fiberglass part that would lend itself to proper workholding on a bandsaw.

Diamond dremel discs work really well on fiberglass.
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Old 11-07-2018, 07:25 PM
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Interesting: which fiberglass parts did you cut with a bandsaw? On my two projects I can't think of a single fiberglass part that would lend itself to proper workholding on a bandsaw.

Diamond dremel discs work really well on fiberglass.
Two Cozy MKIV’s. I also fabricated a custom snorkel when I built my RV-10 that was trimmed on the bandsaw.
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