Back in March of 2013 I purchased a Craftsman 10″ table top bandsaw to use exclusively for cutting contours. You can read about the setup of this machine in a post published on March 25, 2013, part 1, and another post published on April 8, 2013, part 2. After using this machine for a little over a year I thought you might like an update. So here it is.
I am very pleased with this saw. It has performed well with no adjustments or fettling of any kind. It runs smoothly and cuts well.
Recently I had to replace the 3/16″ 4 TPI blade that I installed on the saw originally because it broke. I think that a combination of small, 10″, wheels, very little back on a 3/16″ wide blade with deep gullets, and leaving the blade tensioned all the time led to the breakage. Installing the new blade was not fussy at all. I needed a blade fast to finish a job I had started so I bought a blade locally. The narrowest blade I could get was 1/4″. this blade is too wide for the radii I need to cut so I will order another 3/16″ 4 TPI blade and this time I will take the tension off the blade when not in use.
The price of this saw was $169. At that price you can’t go wrong. I can recommend this saw as long as you are aware that the original setup can be very frustrating (read the previous posts). Overall I am very pleased with this saw and have no regrets on its purchase. Knowing what I know now I would definitely buy this saw again.
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