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post #1 of 6 Old 10-04-2011, 03:13 PM Thread Starter
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Thoughts plz on this Bandsaw

I'm search and waiting for a used 14" bandsaw want to pay under $200, however for the brand in this deal less than what is being asked. What do you think of the brand and deal in this post?
Purchased at Harbor Freight for $350.00
Central Machinery 14" wood cutting band saw with 1 hp motor, volts 115/230v.


Should I wait to find a better 14" brand/deal? I have been looking for a used 14" delta per several forum members saying they own them and think they are great even after many years of use. However I have no problem starting with something less and if I get the usage out of the tool then upgrading later. At $150 or less this CM Bandsaw can easily be sold again without any loss $$.

I intend to do some resaw stuff on some rough cut oak that I have.
Your thoughts would be appreciated...
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post #2 of 6 Old 10-04-2011, 03:35 PM
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things that go wrong

Bearings and motors, which have bearings.
Bearings are replaceable.
I like the 1 HP motor for power. Cast iron wheels are good.
and add to the flywheel effect. They can be balanced if necessary.
Blade guides can be upgraded to cool blocks if desired.
Cast iron table need not be perfectly flat for a bandsaw.
Trunnions made from...? These are fragile.
Remove the table in transport to avoid breaking the trunnions.

Other than that I've pretty good things about HF bandsaws. Used tools are always risky, but things that go wrong generally do in the short run. Wear and tear on moving parts is normal but bearings generally last a very long time. bill

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I guess I didn't post the price $150 is what is being asked...
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The price sounds right. If your resaw height is within the limits of the saw as is that will work with the proper blade. I don't know if there is a riser kit for that saw. You might check first where parts are available.

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I have that same saw with a riser block installed. It's fine. My concern would be if the pulley guard is missing. I see it off on two of the pics, and on on one of them... Between that, and the end panels for the stand being gone, I would offer $120.00. Going as high as $150.00 is fine, but try to talk him down a little... And expect to replace the guide blocks with Cool Blocks, good blades, and throw a link belt at it. The OEM belt stinks...

Not sure if Harbor Freight still sells a riser block kit for the 14" band saw. You'd have to call up their parts people. When I got mine in I guess it was 2008, the riser block kit was item #24536-0ZZA. I don't recall exactly which # to call to get to the right people, but contact HF customer service they should direct you the right way...

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Thanks for the input guys. I think I'm going to pass on this one, look for a Delta or possibly another brand, I would buy this one but the guy won't budge.
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