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  • Which Horizontal 7x12 bandsaw to get - choice of 2

    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
    "Patriotism is the last refuge of a scoundrel"

  • #2
    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.
    Cheers,
    Gary

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    • #3
      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

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      • #4
        I wouldn't buy either at those prices. You can find a real saw for this money. Let's say, a used Johnson bandsaw.
        Mike
        WI/IL border, USA

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        • #5
          Originally posted by MichaelP View Post
          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

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          • #6
            I'd get the new HF. they suck on parts but there the same as ENCO, Grizzly, & many other labels.

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            • #7
              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

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              • #8
                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.

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                • #9
                  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.

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                  • #10
                    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
                    OPEN EYES, OPEN EARS, OPEN MIND

                    THINK HARDER

                    BETTER TO HAVE TOOLS YOU DON'T NEED THAN TO NEED TOOLS YOU DON'T HAVE

                    MY NAME IS BRIAN AND I AM A TOOLOHOLIC

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                    • #11
                      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.
                      Kansas City area

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                      • #12
                        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!
                        Andy

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                        • #13
                          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.
                          "Patriotism is the last refuge of a scoundrel"

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                          • #14
                            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.
                            "Patriotism is the last refuge of a scoundrel"

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                            • #15
                              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 .
                              if you can't take criticism, do the right thing.

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