This article is from the Woodworking FAQ Collection 2, by multiple authors.
From: jrm@cblpe.UUCP (John Miller)
Date: 13 Nov 86 15:02:03 GMT
> I'm about to purchase a Sears 12" bandsaw. I can buy it through
> through the catalog for $277 or at the store for ~$300.
> I would be interested in hearing from anyone who has used this
> machine. It seems to be fairly well built but I've grown a little
> weary of Sear's products. They seem to be getting cheaper all the
I have looked at them to and found them to be lacking in sturdiness. One of
the operations that bandsaws should do well is resawing. The Sears bandsaw,
in my opinion, could not handle anything over 1 inch.
Further, the throat is restricting - 12" does not give you much room when
you are swing something around.
Also, Sears saves money by making changes that are not visible - like
bearings (usually lack of good bearings) , etc.
Since you are considering purchasing a cheap imported tool, why
not spend about the same money and get a Delta 14" clone? It has
the same heavy casting as the original, but is usually a little
rougher. It often has better components, but usually needs tuning.
By this I mean the wheels may not be balanced quite right - etc.
Another option would be to but a Delta, they can be had at a discount
in the $550 range.
Another option, if you are handy is to buy the 18" bandsaw kit from
Gillom Manufacturing. The parts are high quality, the price is right,
but the suggested frame is a bit weak for resawing. However, if you
can weld, it can be beefed up.