14-in. Bandsaw DD90 - Fine Woodworking Tool Review
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14-in. Bandsaw DD90

Reliant - 14-in. Bandsaw DD90

A low-priced saw, with four speeds.

$ (As of 1/1/2002)

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Editor's Review: 14-in. Bandsaws Reviewed

by Tom Begnal

review date: January 1, 2002

The bandsaw is a versatile tool that rips, resaws, crosscuts, and cuts curves. And when the table is tilted, it makes all kinds of angle cuts, too. Plus it can be used to cut tenons, dovetails, and various other joints. The 14-in. size is good for most small shops, so we decided to test nine popular models on the market, evaluating them for wheel roundness, alignment, blade tension, and table flatness.

One of the lowest-priced saws and a near twin to the Central Machinery, the Reliant is the only saw in the test with four speeds, a plus for metal cutting. It made acceptable resaw and curve cuts. But while resawing, the motor quickly bogged down when the stock was pushed too fast, a problem corrected by slowing the feed rate slightly. The fence doesn’t adjust for blade drift the table insert is a piece of flimsy plastic. There’s no dust port. Yet, if price is a big consideration, and you’re only an occasional bandsaw user, the Reliant is worth considering.

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Editor Test Results:

Blade Changing N/A
Table Flatness 0.015-in. dish
Frame Deflection N/A
Wheel Alignment 0.040 in.
Runout 0.006 in. upper; 0.007 in. lower
Tension Tension at 3/4 in. 11,000 psi
Quality of Cut N/A
Table-Lock Effectiveness N/A

Manufacturer Specifications

Manufacturer Reliant
Manufacturer's Web Site
Manufacturer's Phone Number
Rip Fence Included No
Riser Block Option Yes
Rip Capacity 13-1/2 in.
Guide Type N/A
Table Tilt 16° left; 52° right
Table Size 13-3/4 in. square
Horsepower 1 hp
Amps 9 amps
Volts N/A
Speed N/A
Blade N/A
Resaw Capacity 5-13/16 in.

I bought this saw for it's resaw capabilities. I have found the saw to be under powered for this.The unit seems to be constantly need tuning with the cool blocks and bearing settings.I experience a lot of drift when I use the saw.I have tuned a lot, read manuals and still and marginally successful with the tool.

Underpowered, poorly built. You get what you pay for. I bought it a few years ago because it was all I could afford at the time. For regular duty cuts, it's OK. Resawing is VERY slow even with a new Timberwolf blade, and the quality of the cut is poor. I tried my best to tune this saw but the machining is so loose that it's hard to maintain it. I just upgraded to a Grizzy 14" Ultimate bandsaw with a riser block and have high hopes.

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