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18-in. Bandsaw 22450

Craftsman - 18-in. Bandsaw 22450

Craftman’s 18-in. bandsaw features a steel frame and a four-speed 2-hp motor.

$1,300 (As of 10/25/2005)

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Editor's Review: 18-in. Bandsaws

by Roland Johnson

review date: October 25, 2005

If you cut a lot of thick stock, or if you resaw stock in the 9-in.-wide to 12-in.-wide range, an 18-in. bandsaw is worth considering. Not only does it offer extra capacity, but most 18-in. saws also have more horsepower to cut faster. I looked at 11 models ranging in price from $900 to almost $3,000, evaluating cutting ability, machine sturdiness, and blade-changing ease. The Craftsman showed acceptable results in the resaw test, did well in the curve-cutting test, and ranked ninth in the frame-deflection test. The fence is not adjustable for drift or squareness to the table, and the fussy-to-adjust guides made blade changing a chore.

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Editor Test Results:

Blade Changing Fair
Table Flatness N/A
Frame Deflection 0.0470 in.
Wheel Alignment N/A
Runout N/A
Tension N/A
Quality of Cut Curve-Cutting Test: Excellent; Resaw Test: Good
Table-Lock Effectiveness Fair

Manufacturer Specifications

Manufacturer Craftsman
Manufacturer's Web Site www.craftsman.com
Manufacturer's Phone Number 800-697-3277
Rip Fence Included N/A
Riser Block Option N/A
Rip Capacity 17-3/4 in.
Guide Type Steel Block
Table Tilt 3° left, 45° right
Table Size 19 in. x 18 in.
Horsepower 2 hp
Amps 14 amps
Volts 115v
Speed N/A
Blade N/A
Resaw Capacity 10-7/8 in.

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