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Carolina tool BandSaw good or junk?

Is this equipment worth$200 or is it a piece of junk? I need a saw for our Boy Scout projects.

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So far...I have seen disparaging remarks on forums. A few positive but realized the company is out of business.
I have never used a bandsaw but am good with tools. Managed to negotiate down to $200. This Carolina Bandsaw is 12"x14" band saw. Mounted on steel frame with 3/4" blade.
Any opinions?
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My other option is this Craftsman 12 inch bandsaw for $90. Opinions?
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If the 12" is in good shape, it would be my choice. What kind of projects?


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not much to choose from.
I had that same Craftsman saw for over 20 years and it served me well.
I don't like the Carolina just from the looks of it and frame.
for kids in the Scouts, I can not imagine much heavy use from them.
you can get new guides, tires and blades for the Craftsman and be in business.

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That saw is older than dirt ....

It looks to be a metal cutting bandsaw with the blade "twisted" about 30 or 45 degrees and will run way too slow for wood cutting:



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That was my first bandsaw also!

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not much to choose from.
I had that same Craftsman saw for over 20 years and it served me well.
I don't like the Carolina just from the looks of it and frame.
for kids in the Scouts, I can not imagine much heavy use from them.
you can get new guides, tires and blades for the Craftsman and be in business.

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It was not the best, but the best I could afford starting out. I actually added a 10 to 1 speed reducer in order to cut metal and used that with pretty good success. Not the most rigid frame, but with the cover on and tightened down it adds a lot of rigidity. Blade guides are also not then best, but work good enough. Blade tension was by a lever on the back, either "on or off" ..... in order to change blades. Belt tension was by gravity if I recall....? Mine had a 1/2HP motor of my choice. This one is also a sander? I donno how that works .... long sanding belts maybe?

A bit over priced, but if that's all there is you have no choice except to offer a bit less.

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Can you tell us more about the Scout projects? What do you plan to make?

Will you be using the tool yourself to make projects that the Scouts will use or assemble, or will the Scouts be using the tool to make their own projects?

Scouts range in age from 11 to 18 years old. The older Scouts should be able to run a bandsaw safely with proper training and supervision, but I would be concerned about the youngest members of the troop. A bandsaw would be a no-no for Cub Scouts.

If the Scouts will be making their own projects, have you considered purchasing a scroll saw instead? A scroll saw is much safer than a bandsaw. A scroll saw is suitable for Scouts of all ages. I see young people operating scroll saws often. The local scroll saw club has an annual booth at the county fair. Most of the time, the kids are running the saws for people to watch, while the grownups sit around and "schmooze."

Given a choice between the two bandsaws, I would choose the Craftsman one as long as it is in good working order. I had the same model a long time ago. It was okay, not great. I would consider getting a scroll saw instead, if the Scouts will be using it to make their own projects.
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Upon further research and input have decided against the discontinued Carolina Bandsaw. It was originally offered at $400. Negotiated down to $200

The Craftsman bandsaw is at $90 cash. Includes 6 blades.
Looking to make wooden cars for the Pinewood Derby races and other projects. Most jobs will be done by adults but scroll saws are in our future.
I have two of my own kids in our scouting program. Woodworking is in their future education.
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Going to pickup the behemoth! The Crafsrman. Now, how to Load up on my f-250?
I have a thick plywood Sheet I can use as a ramp and a carpet dolley but I would have to lay it on its side and push/pull up the ramp.
Not sure if laying on it’s side is a good idea.
Maybe, a tree and ropes. Haha.
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Going to pickup the behemoth! The Craftsman. Now, how to Load up on my f-250?
when you get there, you'll figure it out ~ we all do.

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Remove the table first!

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Going to pickup the behemoth! The Crafsrman. Now, how to Load up on my f-250?
I have a thick plywood Sheet I can use as a ramp and a carpet dolley but I would have to lay it on its side and push/pull up the ramp.
Not sure if laying on itís side is a good idea.
Maybe, a tree and ropes. Haha.

many a bandsaw has been made useless when it's been moved around by the table for leverage OR having fallen over on it. Remove the table before anything can go wrong .....


After that you CAN lay it on it's flat side without damage, but either remove the motor or securely strap it down or up? Unless of course it got a built in motor that's not removable like the newer Craftsman 14" saws.
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Well, I just picked up. It’s not all that heavy. The previous owner and I were strong enough to lift straight up on the truck.
The plywood makes a good anchor point and feels solid. The table is flush and resting on the Plywood. Solid and secure.
The drive is nearby.
The previous owner demonstrated the bandsaw and looks to be in good working order. We shall see.
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