Craftsman 12" Bandsaw

WOOD magazine rating
Brand:
Craftsman
Model:
22400
Price:
$300

Description

Craftsman 12" Band Saw with steel frame construction reduces deflection under full blade tension. With upper and lower blade bearing guides, friction is reduced while blade life is increased.

WOOD magazine review

Craftsman 12" Bandsaw

Review Summary

Most 14" bandsaws provide a good combination of power, resaw capacity, and price. No wonder, then, that 14" saws have become a shop staple. Craftsman's 12" bandsaw (model 22400) offers ample power and more resawing capacity than most 14" bandsaws—at a price $100 less. The 22400’s all-steel design looks like a shrunken-down version of a 16"–18" steel-frame bandsaw.
And it sports many of the same big-time features, including a blade-tracking window, wheel-cleaning brush, and dual dust ports: a 2-1/2" port under the table and a 4" one behind the lower wheel. I found the all-ball-bearing blade guides easy to set and adjust, and I like that the back of the blade rolls on the perimeter of the thrust bearing, instead of wearing a groove on its face. After setting up the saw, I used the included 3/8" blade to resaw stacks of 7"-wide hardwoods—the maximum capacity of the 22400—and I never felt like it struggled. However, I struggled a bit with the included fence. It turns out that you use the same screws to adjust the fence perpendicular to the table and parallel to the blade. Unfortunately, I found a tweak in one plane messed up the alignment of the other, but eventually I got it dialed in. The huge 20-3/8x15-3/4" cast-iron table runs on a wide aluminum trunnion for stability, and I had no problem with it deflecting while I worked. A built-in work light illuminated the work area nicely. I was disappointed, though, that the 22400 lacks a quick-release blade tensioner, now almost a given on new bandsaws. And I wish, for resawing purposes, it would take a blade wider than 1/2". —Tested by Randy Zimmerman

Detailed Ratings

4.3
out of 5

Performance

4

Features

4

Ease of Use

4

Value

5

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