Pros: Lightweight, Portable, Good Value
Cons: Some Assembly Required
Need a small bandsaw due to space restrictions? Hobbiest? Don't need "industrial" capacity or a lot of bells & whistles? Then this may be the bandsaw that you have been looking for. I had been looking for a bench-top model and had done comparisons on at least 6 different models from 4 manufacturers. When I bought this saw, it "listed" for $179 but they were on sale for $139. At check-out, I presented my "Craftsman Club" card and both me and the salesman were shocked when the price dropped to $99!!! The 21459 will accept work up to 3 ? inches thick and there is 9 inches between the frame and the blade. This saw comes with a decent Owner?s Manual, detachable flex-neck work light, hex/Allen wrench that is needed for adjustments and 1 blade. A mitre gauge is available as an accessory.
Pros: 1) This saw tips the scales at a mere 30 pounds, which is ideal for portability. While this saw is light in weight, it does not lack for power. My first test of this product (hey, you gotta see what the new Toy can do, right?) was to rip a 2 inch thick piece of Maple. Obviously, at 1/3 HP this saw won't power through planks like the industrial models that you see the guys use on TV, but even with moderate pressure this saw was hesitant to bog down. 2) A top mounted tension adjustment makes fine tuning blade tension simple. 3) The blade guide height adjustment is ideally located and has a positive lock. 3) The rear mounted, 2 ? inch exhaust port is designed to accommodate a shop-vac hose to help keep your workplace clean. 4) Permanently lubricated, sealed bearings eliminate both maintenance and possible oil contamination of your work. 5) The saw comes with detachable a flex-neck work light. 6) The power switch features a removable key to help prevent accidents from unauthorized usage. 7) On-board storage for the hex/Allen wrench that is used for table leveling and blade guide/tracking adjustments. 8) The table tilts up to 45 degrees. 9) Very simple to change blades.
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Cons: 1) The initial set up of the blade guides can be tedious and requires good lighting. A feeler gauge helps also. 2) Getting the table square to the blade is also a bit tricky and a drop of Loc Tite (not supplied) should be used on the adjustment screw. 3) Due to the saw?s lightweight and small footprint, it MUST be mounted or clamped down to keep it stationary while cutting. However, the Owners Manual provides excellent instructions for this. 4) The table?s tilt scale is located on the back side (opposite side of cutting teeth) of the saw and may make adjustments difficult if the saw is permanently mounted. 5) The provided hex/Allen wrench was too short for easy adjustments. A 6 to 8 inch long wrench is preferred. 6) The flex-neck on the light is too short for ideal light placement, and the saw lacks an on-board electrical outlet for the light. 7) A rip fence is not available for this model. 8) The design of the table makes clamping something to it a bit cumbersome, but a simple modification cures this (email me if details are needed.)