|Item Weight||43.1 pounds|
|Package Dimensions||31.1 x 17.7 x 11 inches|
|Item model number||BS900|
|Item Package Quantity||1|
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POWERTEC BS900 Band Saw, 9-Inch
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- Patented blade guard adjustment for quick and easy blade change
- Table with rack and pinion adjustment for easy tilt to 45 degrees
- Blade tracking window
- Quick release blade tension lever makes blade changing easy (patented)
- Blade width range 1/8-Inch to 3/8-Inch increased versatility for scroll cutting and resawing
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|Item Dimensions||—||31.15 x 16.25 x 12.75 in||20 x 25 x 58 in||12 x 31 x 19 in||19 x 14.1 x 29 in||30 x 17.7 x 11.5 in|
Induction Motor. 1/2 HP, 2.5 Amps, 1725 RPM, Blade Size: 62" x 1/8" x 3/8", Aluminum Die Casting Table Size: 11-3/4" x 11-3/4", Dust Port: 2", Throat Depth: 9", Max. Depth of Cut at 90 degrees: 3-5/8", Max. Depth of Cut at 45 degrees: 2". 50 lbs
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Induction Motor. 1/2 HP, 2.5 Amps, 1725 RPM, Blade Size: 62-Inch x 1/8-Inch x 3/8-Inch, Aluminum Die Casting Table Size: 11-3/4-Inch x 11-3/4-Inch, Dust Port: 2-Inch, Throat Depth: 9-Inch, Max. Depth of Cut at 90 degrees: 3-5/8-Inch, Max. Depth of Cut at 45 degrees: 2-Inch. 50 lbs
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I wouldn't attempt to cut heavy stock very often, but for the quick & simple jobs it's pretty good.
When hooked up to a vac/dust collector it leaves almost no sawdust behind.
(beware that the vac connection on all Powertec tools [that I've used] is non-standard, but hunting around the shop usually finds some kind of non-standard adapter.)
The base on mine was a little warped (welded wrong?) but bolting it to a 2x12 fixed the issue and added better support.
Overall, a cheap solution for quick jobs and light materials.
"December 2012 Woodworkers Journal"
Review of 9" Bandsaws
While the Powertec is not mentioned, it is obvious that the same OEM company is manufacturing these as the specs & styles are all pretty much the same with only minor variations.
Identical [for the most part] machines:
Craftsman, Ryobi and Central Machinery.
They all have minor differences but all share the same frame, case walls and fittings.
Update: Jan 2013:
Having used it for over a year now, I'm upgrading the score from 3 to 4 stars.
I'm grateful that I bolted it to a 2x12 stock of wood; it seems to really help for my purposes.
This unit offers greater versatility than I first imagined, and is tougher than I first gave it credit.
I guess the old days of all metal are history [in this price range].
I'm happy with this product considering what I paid for it.
I haven't broken any bands, yet, but I'm glad I purchased a bunch of extra styles to have on hand when I ordered this unit.
Update: Sept 2014:
Still running just fine.
Update: Aug 2015
No problems, still working as expected.
The general consensus seems to be that the Central Machinery 9" saw, which is sold under various names, is the best of the bunch. It has a tubular steel frame (the cheapest saws have a cast alloy frame), and that alone suggested it would be more solid than the little Delta. It also has a spring blade tensioning system, a 1/2HP motor, belt drive (the cheapest use direct drive), and a lot of adjustability. You can even adjust the lower wheel bearing if necessary, though mine came not needing any tweaking. I looked at the Harbor Freight version, which is currently on sale and would cost less than the Powertec labeled version, but a trip to an HF store and a number of reviews convinced me that Powertec has better quality control.
I ended up buying a used, "Like New" unit, which saved me $15 off the regular price. As far as I can tell, it hasn't been used at all. It looks like someone opened the box and sealed it back up again. I unpacked the saw and temporarily clamped it to the top of my work bench. It took me about 20 minutes to assemble, mount the blade, adjust the blade guides, and give it a test run, and it cut smoothly in 1" oak without difficulty. I don't have a dial indicator to check for runout, but I don't detect any excessive vibration or wobble in the blade. As one reviewer noted, the blade guides are steel pins, which are not my first choice, but if you take your time and don't push too hard they shouldn't be a problem. I certainly wouldn't try to resaw planks with it, or cut tropical hardwood boards much thicker than a 2" or so. I also ordered Powertec 3/8" 6tpi blade along with my saw, as most of my sawing involves long straight cuts on narrow pieces of hardwood. Blade changeover was easy, thanks to the blade tension lever, and the 3/8" blade cut much straighter and faster. I'd recommned buying one along with this saw.
If I was a serious woodworker I'd probably give it a pass and buy a larger Jet, but for my purposes- mostly bowmaking and some musical instrument work- it should be fine. If you understand its limitations, it's not a bad bandsaw for the money.
I've used 3 different blades with it over the past few months, and it's great. Changing the blade is very easy. I've cut wood, MDF, 1/4" nylon, and 1/8" aluminum on this saw with no problems. The dust collector exhaust port is a standard size that i can hook to a shop vac, no problems. Every once in a while you should open it up and clean out the collected dust though, that's unavoidable.
Also, I bolted this to my work bench through the built in bolt holes, and it works great. But if you decide to use this skinny machine without bolting it down, your results may suck, because you're an idiot.
I have 2 extra blades to work with. Assembly was not all that difficult. Adjusting the blade tension was easy when following their instructions. I cut out a couple detailed patterns on 3/4" cedar and 4 less complicated ones. (Birdhouse parts.) I changed blades several times trying them out on this medium. All went as it should. Getting the blade around the wheels and keeping it in the guides was a learning curve problem. Each adjusted fine and cut well.
For a hobby saw, this is a fine product. It is not of a rugged construction and will not do well for production work in my opinion. It is a great portable band saw for the money.