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    C Man Band saw

    Got a #22401 14" BS on my local CL for $300.00. Sounds a little steep on the price but Im not sure how old this model is. Looks clean in the pic.



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    That looks like a decent bandsaw. It looks clean so it probably had very little use. That model appears to have been discontinued around 2008.

    Most new 14" saws are in the $500-600 price range. $300 seems like a good price if it has good tires and possibly a few extra blades.
    Steve

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    The professional line of Craftsman tools were more than decent back in the days. I would have been happy to buy that saw for $300.

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    That saw is about 10-12 years old. If you are familiar with Craftsman tool pricing there were constant sales and stacking coupons so what someone paid may have varied widely. I remember people getting them for around $350, I think the average was closer to $400 and retail was around $475 then at the end it jumped to $550, but someone should never have paid that if they were a decent shopper. I think $250 would probably be fair for a clean example.

    It is a decent little saw, IIRC it had a 1hp motor and an 8" vertical capacity. I don't remember many complaints but then a lot of the guys bought them for around or under $400 so they probably wouldn't have been too nit-picky.
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    It looks like the saw I had for many years. It was totally satisfactory except that I had to replace the top wheel bearings after a relatively short while. It was two-speed. I never used the "metal" speed. Max blade width I used was 1/2" I did not ever find out if I could tension a wider blade. The fence was OK, but a bit finicky. I made a tall fence for re-sawing. Dust collection was good. Cast iron table was a plus. Work light was a minus. From appearances, it was the same basic saw as a Rikon of the same era.

    Doug

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    I would have snagged it for $300, and I already have two bandsaws with no real need for a 3rd

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    Mall Saw, I thought they were out of business by the mid 1960's. I thought they only made circular saws, chain saws, and maybe jig saws.
    Bill D.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Van Huskey View Post
    That saw is about 10-12 years old. If you are familiar with Craftsman tool pricing there were constant sales and stacking coupons so what someone paid may have varied widely. I remember people getting them for around $350, I think the average was closer to $400 and retail was around $475 then at the end it jumped to $550, but someone should never have paid that if they were a decent shopper. I think $250 would probably be fair for a clean example.

    It is a decent little saw, IIRC it had a 1hp motor and an 8" vertical capacity. I don't remember many complaints but then a lot of the guys bought them for around or under $400 so they probably wouldn't have been too nit-picky.
    Van--am I recalling correctly that some of the Craftsman steel spined saws were made by Meber (maybe 17" and up??) for a time, at that some of that series were fundamentally Rikons in different paint?? Thanks for your input.
    Whether Europe or Asia--that one is worth at least a look at $300.
    earl

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    Hey that is my saw. I really like it except for the 7 " resaw. I replaced the stock bearings with a Carter kit. There was a good review in PW I think, can't find it now. I think I paid about $400 for it. The Carter kit was $200 at the Woodworking show. I really like the saw, but would like the resaw of the newer Rikon 14". To spec it is almost identical to the Rikon that had the same resaw height. Dan

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    Quote Originally Posted by Earl McLain View Post
    Van--am I recalling correctly that some of the Craftsman steel spined saws were made by Meber (maybe 17" and up??) for a time, at that some of that series were fundamentally Rikons in different paint?? Thanks for your input.
    Whether Europe or Asia--that one is worth at least a look at $300.
    earl
    If Craftsman imported a Meber I am not aware of it. This saw is made in the image of the Rikon 10-320. The review Dan mentioned in PW was in late 2009, maybe the October issue? It is a decent enough saw for a lot of hobbyist, just as long as they are aware of the resaw height and horsepower limitations.
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    Your bandsaw weighs more when you leave the spring compressed instead of relieving the tension.

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    I had the 12" version of that saw. I compared it to the 14" Delta clones and thought it was the most bang for the buck. The factory blade guide bearings didn't last very long. I replaced them with bearings I got at a local bearing seller, not Sears. Other than that, I thought it was a good saw. It got replaced by a 19" Grizzly.

    John

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