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Thread: Is this Bandsaw Any Good? 14" Porter Cable at Lowes

  1. #1
    Join Date
    Jun 2012
    Laurinburg NC

    Is this Bandsaw Any Good? 14" Porter Cable at Lowes

    Is this bandsaw any good?

    I have found an older Delta but it is a 2 1/2 hr.trip to get it.
    I need one to rough shape bowls blanks and resaw...I wont be cut great big blanks ..just ones for my Jet 1642

  2. #2
    Join Date
    Jul 2009
    Amherst, New Hampshire
    I work in Lowes tool department so I have lots of time to compare the tools. We sell it for $449.00.
    Honestly, it reminds me of a tin can spray painted grey. For that price nothing about it impresses me. Maybe if it was $299 it would be worth buying.

    You can get a Grizzly or a Rikon on sale for about the same $. I think I paid Under $400 for my Grizzly GO55P.
    Faith, Hope & Charity

  3. #3
    Join Date
    Nov 2006
    I'm with Bob. You could probably get it to work for you, but at $449 you shouldn't have to force the issue. I'd be inclined to either upgrade, or pay less and downgrade to an HF or a Ridgid and make one of those work.
    Got Wood?

  4. #4
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    Dec 2008
    Santa Claus, In
    Not to beat up on PC but I would wait around for a Grizzly 0555. Holiday sales should be coming up and maybe a good deal or two.

    I do have the PC drill press from Lowes and it is a fair machine.
    If you don't take pride in your work, life get's pretty boring.

    Rule of thumb is if you donít know what tool to buy next, then you probably donít need it yet.

  5. #5
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    Nov 2006
    Mountain Home, Arkansas
    Agree. Go for the G0555.
    "Folks is funny critters."

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  6. #6
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    Nov 2006
    Austin, Texas
    I upgraded from a Delta 10" to a Jet 14" to a Grizzly G0555. The G0555 is a great saw, especially for the money, so I kept it when I bought a MM24 for resawing. (Hint - I don't know any 14 inch bandsaw that is great for resawing. Adequate maybe, but not great)
    Charlie Plesums, Austin Texas
    (Retired early to become a custom furnituremaker)
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  7. #7
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    Jun 2012
    Laurinburg NC
    Thanks Guys That was helpful. I wasnt impressed with the PC saw either.

  8. #8
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    Mar 2010
    SW MN
    I would certainly wait for the new model--- should be introduced soon. I bought same china built saw a year agoo The castings were so far off I could not line up top and lower blade guides.After hours of work and grief the dealer took it back and refunded my money. Bought the Rikon light duty saw which I really like

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    Speaking of new Bandsaws...I bought the Grizzly GO555LX Bandsaw on August 8, 2012... at time of purchase i also wanted to order the Riser kit for it so i could Resaw as needed.
    At the time of purchase it was out of stock so i said dang i really want to get that. I went ahead and bought the saw with intentions of getting the riser kit later. It is now October
    26th and after several emails to Grizzly they say the riser kit is supposed to arrive November 23rd. If i do my Math right that is 3 frikking months and 15 days..That is totally UNEXCEPTABLE t

    Thanks for listening to me Vent

    Nash Ranch

  10. #10
    Join Date
    May 2009
    Lafayette, Indiana
    Hi Al Welcome to the forum. I think the bandsaw you bought will work just fine for the average homeowner depending on what you want to do with it. There are other options out there that will also allow you to do more. I had a very cheap small Craftsman band saw for many years. It never did track the blade very well and it was not much good for anything over about 3/4 inch wood. But it worked. It served its purpose. When I wanted to start cutting bowl blanks I had to buy another saw. So the saw you have will indeed work. It's just a matter of how much it will do for you. Every tool has it's limits. However as Bob suggested in the second post of this thread...there may be better options for your money.
    It's not what you achieve in life...It's what you overcome!

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