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Old 01-03-2014, 10:19 AM   #1
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Poking onto a band saw, is a craftsmen 12" any good belt motor?? Or should I go bigger??

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Old 01-03-2014, 10:57 AM   #2
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Boston all I can tell you is my experience with Craftsman power tools has not been very good. I have some of their older ones that are still going strong. But I have found the newer ones to be underpowered and after a relatively short period of time parts become unavailable. Now let me say I have never owned their bandsaw but if I was in the market I would look around some.

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Maybe 14" different brand??
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Rockwell 14" ???
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To be honest I really don't know anything about that model so I will let someone else comment.
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Take a look at Grizzly tool company---their band saws are a good value for money spent---and the customer service is good--they stock parts and even have a machine shop----well run company.

12" is rather small---step up to the 14" --you will be glad you did---
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Depends on what you want to do with it......

If your going to be working with wood...the bigger the throat, the better.

Also...is this hobby or work? If work...a good Delta won't do you wrong.

Hobby....start shopping CL. Except for blades, they really don't wear out.

I have an old Rockwell....heavy bastard....but solid.
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Where are there parts for the Rockwell ??
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Fortunately---most band saws use common bearings---and accept after market blade guides---so,unless a major structural part is missing--they can be rebuilt without using original manufacturer parts.
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Very cool, e-bay the best for that?
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I have a 12" Grizzly variable speed, they dropped it right after I bought mine. If I ever need them, can't get parts. Grizzly does like a lot of companies, they buy whatever is low bid. Much of their stuff is made in China. I also have a 14" Craftsman. 2 speed. Takes hours to change speeds. If I was still woodworking, I would look for something else.
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I just started a small business making wood signs a lot of fun but need a saw, the scroll saw, and jig saw getting old lol
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Found a Rockwell 14" for 200 in great shape, going to look at it tomorrow
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If the tires are shot,they can be replaced easily with aftermarket tires---

Beware of cracked or missing parts---that could be a deal breaker---

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