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Thread: I made the jump to a 14in Bandsaw

  1. #1
    Join Date
    Mar 2007
    WNY, Buffalo Area

    I made the jump to a 14in Bandsaw

    Well, I finally did it. I had been seriously looking at the SteelCity 14in'er, but being that this is only a hoby (with limited resources), I had to opt for the best combination of features for the best cost.

    I ended up getting the Craftsman Pro 22401 14in bandsaw. Initially the Craftsman name turned me off, and I didn't pay much attention to the saw. However after some research, I had to reconsider my opinion.

    Here are some of things that helped me make this decision.
    -Online feedback from owners has been very good.
    -Including feedback from FWW member Jeff Miller. - Thanks Jeff
    -Popular Woodworking gave it a Best Value in their Nov.06 issue.
    -Woodworkers Journal said "...this saw seems an exceptional buy."Aug.07
    -This saw is made for Sears by Rikon, who's bandsaws are highly rated.
    -Cast Iron wheels
    -Large cast iron table 15 3/4in by 20 1/2in.
    -8in resaw capacity
    -Ball bearing guides
    -2 dust collection hookups (4in and 2 1/2in)
    -Blade tracking window
    -Nice extras: a light and a fence
    -Cost - all of that for less than $500

    I felt that I made an educated decision with this purchase as I already know the things that aren't quite 100%. The fence is Ok, but not great. Eventually it will get replaced with a Kreg. They cheaped out on the guide bearings. They will evenutally spit grease and need to be replaced, but they can be replaced with standard skate bearings so this isn't a big deal. The trunion doesn't provide the best support when it is loosened for adjustment. However when it is tight it supports the big table very solidly. The blade is a non standard size 99in. Not as big of a deal as it sounds, Suffolk Machinery (make the timberwolf blades) makes all of their blades to custom length, and the cost isn't as much as you might think. Being a steel frame, it is not expandable beyond the 8in resaw. I only have a 6 in jointer (and am not planning on upgrading that anytime soon). I wanted something bigger than the standard 6in, but 12in was too much. It should work well for sawing blanks for the lathe.

    I made a mobile base for it, and will post some pictures when I get a chance.

    I have been pretty busy and a little sick lately so I don't have it 100% set up. I still have to allign the guides, wax the table, and a few other fine tuning items. I will update this post when I get it up and running.
    Last edited by Sean Wright; 02-24-2008 at 07:54 PM.
    We create with our hands in wood what our mind sees in thought.
    Disclosure: Formerly was a part-time sales person & instructor at WoodCraft in Buffalo, NY.

  2. #2
    Don Taylor is offline Former Member (by the member's request)
    Join Date
    Jan 2007
    Sounds to me like you did your homework Sean.

    Have fun with your new toy.... Uh, tool.


  3. #3
    Join Date
    Mar 2007
    I also have been eyeing up this band saw, but, I see now that it may have been discontinued.
    It is no longer on the website and as someone else stated is not in their most recent tool catalog.

    The saw did get great reviews on the Sears website and high marks on tool forums as well.

    Congrats you may have gotten the last one!
    Donít have the best tools, don't use the best woods and projects donít always turnout perfeck.
    I just feel the need to work with wood!

  4. #4
    Join Date
    Apr 2007
    No, not all of SoCal is Los Angeles!
    Sounds like you made a good decision Sean. Many folks here and elsewhere that have that saw speak very highly of it. That's always a good sign. Add to that the fact that there will be a pool of others to discuss any additions, questions or features and you've got yourself a pretty good thing going. Congrats.
    Any sufficiently advanced technology is indistinguishable from magic.
    - Arthur C. Clarke

  5. #5
    Join Date
    Oct 2006
    ABQ NM
    Congrats, Sean. I looked at that saw real closely when I bought my Shop Fox, and I agree that it sure looks like a good machine for the money. Have fun with it.
    When the going gets weird, the weird turn pro. - Hunter S. Thompson
    When the weird get going, they start their own forum. - Vaughn McMillan

  6. #6
    Congrats Sean! Give us a detailed report after you've used it for a while!

  7. #7
    Join Date
    Mar 2007
    WNY, Buffalo Area

    How the Craftsman lines up to the Rikons

    I had mentioned that Rikon makes the 14in Craftsman Pro (22401) for Sears.

    I went to Rikon's site and did some digging before I made my final decision.
    Rikon has two 14in bandsaws. The 10-320 and the 10-325 Deluxe. Typically the 10-320 goes for about what the Craftsman goes for, under $500. The 10-325 Deluxe usually goes for in the $700 range.

    The Craftsman is not a duplication of one of those saws, but a blend of both at the right price.

    The stickers are even the same on both the Rikons' and the Craftsman, with the exception of the brandname.

    10-320: 6 inches
    22401: 8 inches
    10-325: 13 inches

    10-320: cast aluminum
    22401: cast iron
    10-325: cast iron

    10-320: 1Hp
    22401: 1 Hp
    10-325: 1.5 Hp

    Built in Light
    10-320: no
    22401: yes
    10-325: yes

    10-320: no
    22401: yes
    10-325: yes

    Table size - same for all

    DC ports
    10-320: Two 4in & 2 1/2in
    22401: Two 4in & 2 1/2in
    10-325: One 4in

    2 speeds - all have 2 speeds for cutting different materials.

    Blade Tracking Window
    10-320: no
    22401: yes
    10-325: yes

    Quick Tension Release
    10-320: no
    22401: no
    10-325: yes

    Rack and Pinion Trunion
    10-320: no
    22401: no (same trunion as the 10-320 - cast aluminum)
    10-325: yes
    We create with our hands in wood what our mind sees in thought.
    Disclosure: Formerly was a part-time sales person & instructor at WoodCraft in Buffalo, NY.

  8. #8
    Join Date
    Mar 2007
    WNY, Buffalo Area

    New Saw Update

    I know its taken me a while to get these up. Things have been pretty crazy with work recently.

    I haven't had much time to spend in the shop lately. For the handfull of cuts I have made with it, it has worked well.

    I swapped out the stock guide bearings for ABEC-7 inline skate bearings from my local sporting goods store. They seem to work fine and it was an exact fit.

    In the picture of the saw I don't have any DC hooked up to it. I have run it with out DC and with just my shop vac connected to the 2in port that you can see under the table. It definitely needs some sort of DC hooked up. The shop vac does a decent job of controlling the dust for quick cuts. If I was going to use it for any extended cutting, I would also hook my DC up to the 4in port on the side.

    The 2nd picture isn't great but it shows the 8+ in resaw capability.
    Attached Thumbnails Attached Thumbnails Bandsaw01.jpg   Bandsaw02.jpg  
    We create with our hands in wood what our mind sees in thought.
    Disclosure: Formerly was a part-time sales person & instructor at WoodCraft in Buffalo, NY.

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