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jep24601
06-06-2013, 04:22 PM
Which of these is the better buy? I would occasionally cut material up to the capacity of the saw. I want to replace a small HF bandsaw and a big old reciprocating cast iron monster which is worn.

http://stlouis.craigslist.org/tls/3826110190.html Carolina Saw


http://stlouis.craigslist.org/tls/3819228597.html HF type 7x12

gcude
06-06-2013, 04:32 PM
The HF should be the better buy if nothing is broken. I have read bad reports about Carolina saws. The HF brand sometimes gets a deserved bad rap, but their bandsaws are workers, especially once you take the time to tune them up.

doctor demo
06-06-2013, 05:05 PM
Just wondering, is the Carolina $300 like it says at the top of the listing or is it $400 like it says at the bottom?

If it is $300 then that is $180 cheaper than the H. F. in the other ad, go look at it can't tell how worn out it is from the pic and you know the H.F. is new so it's not worn out.
I wouldn't be against saving $180 if the Carolina does the job.

Steve

MichaelP
06-07-2013, 12:02 AM
I wouldn't buy either at those prices. You can find a real saw for this money. Let's say, a used Johnson bandsaw.

doctor demo
06-07-2013, 12:13 AM
I wouldn't buy either at those prices. You can find a real saw for this money. Let's say, a used Johnson bandsaw.
Not around here, not in working condition, more like $800 and up.

Steve

flylo
06-07-2013, 12:28 AM
I'd get the new HF. they suck on parts but there the same as ENCO, Grizzly, & many other labels.

tmc_31
06-07-2013, 12:32 AM
That "HF Type" saw looks just like the gear drive Turn-Pro 7X12 that I bought from Enco a couple of years ago. It was manufactured in Taiwan. I bought it new for about $900. It has been an excellent saw. Much better than the little 4X6 that it replaced.

Tim

taydin
06-07-2013, 04:14 AM
I have a Jet that pretty much looks like the HF. Mine was made in Taiwan. Bought it about 6 years ago and it was the first big machine in my shop. Never regretted it.

flylo
06-07-2013, 06:01 AM
I have a new HF w/coolannt just like the pic I bought new for $500 in the box because afer I get it home I bought a 20" I think "Tanawitz" that has the biggest turntable I've ever seen. This saw is a montster but so easy to use.

bborr01
06-07-2013, 07:04 AM
Stay away from the Carolina saw. Pure junk from what I have read. I have a similar saw to the HF one and it is a pretty good saw for not much money.

Brian

Toolguy
06-07-2013, 08:04 AM
Also it looks like you can change blade speeds with just a knob on the HF. I would take the HF in a flash over the Carolina regardless of the price. The $180 you would save (if it's 300 not 400) would soon not matter when you find it's a piece of junk. Then you would have wasted 3 or 4 hundred dollars instead of saved 180.

vpt
06-07-2013, 08:09 AM
I have the rong fu equivalent to the HF saw and love it! No problems ever and it has been around the block and back again! Thats the saw I would go with!

jep24601
06-07-2013, 11:47 AM
Many thanks to all those who responded. I went to look at the HF type saw (no indication of the source of the saw HF or otherwise) and made a deal on account it is also missing one wheel axle, one plastic knob is broken and there is a hole in the coolant tube.

jep24601
06-19-2013, 01:22 PM
The saw turns out to have the lever change gearbox - only 3 speeds though - they seem to have dropped the slowest speed when compared to the 4 speed belt change.

bosox
06-20-2013, 02:49 PM
I claimed Trajan 712 band saw. It has 4 step belt speeds and can be used either horizontal and vertical. It has carbide blades and it is powered by 110V .

MikeHenry
06-22-2013, 03:18 PM
I claimed Trajan 712 band saw. It has 4 step belt speeds and can be used either horizontal and vertical. It has carbide blades and it is powered by 110V .

Trajan's web site sure doesn't make it easy to find out prices, where they are located, where their saws are made, and whether or not they have any distributors or sell direct only.

Mike

bosox
06-25-2013, 03:06 PM
On their website there is Link tab on the upper part of the site where their distributors are listed. They are from Houston, Texas. Metal Sawing Technology is affiliated with Trajan . I requested a quote from them thru email using their site . They called me about my inquiry and the salesman was really helpful and knowledgeable. It was my old friend who referred me to them since he is from Texas and he owns Trajan saw also.

MikeHenry
06-30-2013, 02:07 PM
Thanks BoSox. I'd found the links tab but it wasn't at all clear that distributors were listed and in fact, the links looked more like associated businesses than distributors.