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    I am looking to buy a 7x12 bandsaw. I will be using it for a home hobbyshop. My main concern is something that gives a good accurate, straight cut so I dont have to square up the cut like I have to do with my chop saw. The saws I have been looking at have been in the $800-$900 range. My question is which would be the best one to buy for the money and where is the best place to from. I am from Ohio.

  • #2
    The first place I'd look is Craig's List. See if you can find an old Johnson, they're just about bullet proof and easy to repair if need be. If you find one with a 3 phase motor its easy to swap it out for a single phase.

    I'd also go to the Practical Machinist and contact Craig Donges. He sells used machinery and is located near Akron.
    Last edited by Dr Stan; 04-29-2010, 11:29 AM.


    • #3
      I bought over Christmas a General made in Taiwan, I am very happy with it. It was more spendy then the average one but I like the real industrial controls


      • #4
        Enco has a couple versions of the 7x12 and both have received very good reviews, have probably the best price, and often offer free frt...

        Their 'on sale' prices are even comparable to HF"s -- the saws look to be the same.

        I have the "ENCO" branded one which is usually a few dollars less than the "TURN-PRO" Have had about a year now and can find no faults with it -- its a nice saw, very good fit & Finish, and very accurate.

        However this month Enco has the Turn-Pro on sale and free frt

        I would imagine this would also be a very nice saw and with the free frt, makes it very attractice.
        Last edited by Bill Pace; 04-29-2010, 02:15 PM.
        If everything seems to be going well, you have obviously overlooked something........


        • #5
          I have a 1987 Taiwanese Enco 7X12. It's been a really good machine. The largest thing I've ever cut on it was a slice from a 6" aluminum round. It came out within .004 across. That's good enough for me.

          The newer ones have a hydraulic down damper. Mine uses a spring which works OK for my needs. Also the newer ones have a dry sump. Mine was originally a wet sump with all of the coolant flowing down into the open base. I built a pan and raised the unit up 6" on risers and I now have a dry sump tank that holds two gallons of coolant.

          The only thing that's ever gone wrong was the coolant pump quit running after 20 years and I replaced that with a pump from an evaporative cooler. It is a good replacement.

          My machine is now about $800 from Enco. If you watch their ads, they sometimes have discounts and even free shipping with a code number.

          Here's my Enco after conversion to wet sump and a nice, fresh coat of paint. It's really built like a tank.

          Last edited by gnm109; 04-29-2010, 05:48 PM.


          • #6
            I've got a similar offshore 7x12 thats been great but a buddy just picked an 8" HydMech off local buy/sell for $300 and it's the real deal..........his Kysor Johnson is about to go out the door...........
            Opportunity knocks once, temptation leans on the doorbell.....


            • #7

              I have the Enco Turn pro 7X12 gear head my cuts are never more than .005 over 7". I use a weld edge blade 10-14 vari pitch, no lie got almost 3 years out of blade before employee didn't check and tried to cut a dowel pin whoops. Got a free Starrett blade to try WHAT a piece of crap on the 3rd lost the set on one side anyone what a banana cut thats what the cut looked like, they offered to replace it asked what the batch # was they said they didn't know, so stayed with Lenox and imported. The imported blade is the one for a long time. In 8 years I've gone thru 5 blades. Yes the saw required a little tweaking when I got it but that was to adjust the blade guides. I would buy another one if I had to.


              • #8
                I would also vote for the Enco Turn Pro gear head saw that is on sale right now. My neighbor has one and it is much nicer than my U.S. made Wellsaw 58B. The Enco Turn Pro saw my neighbor has is made by Frejoth in Taiwan
                Mark Hockett


                • #9
                  I've got the HF model. Had it for a few years. Not complaining about it one bit. Probably the most used tool I have.

                  I think I'm using a Lenox Diemaster blade. I'd honestly have to ask the people at J&L to look up my order history it's been so long. I've went through about ten blades, each one lasted a looooong time.


                  • #10
                    Speaking from a fabricator perspective, and as a guy who started out with the 4x6" then moved up to a Wellsaw 58B and now own a 9x16" W.F. Wells, you should consider the Ellis saw. They work great, are intelligently engineered, and are built very well.



                    • #11
                      If you have the money *AND* space, great.
                      If you are a little short on space, you might consider one of the higher end 4x6" saws, like the one with hydrolic downfeed and swivel head
                      (Iv heard bad reviews about the 7x12" swivel head mechinism, the 4x6 is WAYY sturdyer)

                      I ended up paying like $700 and got a nice 4x6 with hydrolic downfeed and swivel head, No coolant, but iv never really needed it, I just use a few drops of rapidtap per cut.. some things I just cut dry. Iv cut a 3" round hot rolled bar in it and it did it with ease in like 5~10 mins, within a few mils of square.. without any adjustment yet from factory settings, or using anything more then the LARGE (like 14" diamiter or bigger) angle scale to set the swivel head.
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