14" 1HP Wood Band Saw - Craftex CX-Series
The CX104 is loaded with features from top to bottom!
This band saw is equipped with a solid one piece upper frame steel body, a powerful 1HP motor and features a 14" x 18" work table. With resaw capacity at 7", precision balanced cast iron wheels and 2 working speeds, there isn't much this saw can't handle. Other features include quick tension release, large ON/OFF switch, upper and lower blade guides, tilting table and overall high quality construction.
Like all CX-Series machines, this unit features powder coated paint, sharp looking two tone colours and a full 3 year warranty.
Upper body solid one piece steel frame construction
Precision Balanced Cast Iron Wheels
Quick Release Blade Tension Lever
Precision Ground Tilting Table
Includes a blade and Solid Miter Gauge
Upper and Lower Blade Guides
Powder Coated Two Tone paint
Made in Taiwan
Motor: 1-HP, 110-V, Single Phase
2 Speeds: 2300 / 3200 FPM
Cast Iron Table Size: 14" x 18" (Including sheet metal extension table)
Table Tilt: -5° to 45°
Max Blade Width: 3/4"
Min Blade Width: 1/8"
Maximum Cutting Height: 7"
Floor to Table Height: 44"
Cutting Capacity/Throat: 13-5/8"
Dust Collection Port: 4"
Blade Length: 101"
Bearings: Sealed and Permanently Lubricated
Overall Size: 20" x 33" x 74"
Approximate Weight: 94 Kg
Carton Size: 22" x 22" x 52"
Warranty: 3 Years
Bandsaw works fine, advertised features are falsified.
I purchased this saw based on a number of factors. One of the primary considerations was the ability to use a variety of blade widths. The claim is that it supports blades as narrow as 1/8". It does not. In fact, it supports nothing less than 5/16". After contacting Busy Bee support, I was told that I would need to source additional parts (a totally different blade guide that they neither make nor sell) to use a 1/4" or 1/8" blade. I purchased a blade stabilizer from Carter Products, which is the closest fit, but no direct fit part exists, so I crossed my fingers and spent the $170 CAD to order it from the US. Very disappointed in the falsely advertised specs and poor customer service response to the very avoidable issue.
Best Saw in my opinion
I purchased this saw a couple of days ago and am so pleased i decided to go with the craftex CX104. In my opinion you cant get a better built rock solid saw by any other company at this price. Well done Busy Bee love your tools.
so far its been good
I havent used very much yet. I could better answer your questions in the spring of 2021
Band Saw 14 Inch. Deluxe Craftex CX Series CSA CS104
Today (Dec 28, 2019), we are close to the new year, and I am still using my CX 104 Band saw an am still very happy with it. I have used every size blade fm 1/8" to 3/4" with very good results. In particular, the 3/4" for Re-sawing worked really well. So after 7 years of almost daily use, the motor and all moving parts still works the same as being new. Of note is that I do not use the Quick tension release bar other than to replace blades as some people use on a daily basis to "save on blade life/stretching".
Have been using this for 6 months now with almost daily use and I'm happy with the decision to buy this over a Rikon that I closely compared to. Great overall design and works almost flawlessly. Added a Kreg fence overall saved some $$ with this saw. Recommend to anyone looking for an entry level bandsaw that still packs a power punch.
Ok to good
I assembled then used this saw for 2 weeks now. Advantages: clean design, good power, ease of assembly, good blade tension-release Disadvantages: runs rough (improved with slackening the belt and rebalancing the wheels with weights). Upper guide rollers tend to "aim" the blade non-parallel to table. Manual and video DO NOT give good instructions on how to make the table slot +blade parallel. Table extension slops downward to main table. Blade depth scale contacted the thrust roller requiring a deeper adjustment to provide a gap. General Comment: there are a couple of features that are different to the advertised features: the motor is 115/230 volt. The dust collection is now a 4" spigot beside the motor on the right of the tool.
Excellent tool Great add to my shop
Instrs were good and came with all parts complete. My last band saw was a Ridgid, so I have some experience with them. Just moved to BC from Ont and had to rebuild my shop. Is a solid tool. I really like the built in tension and release toggle to save blades and wheels. I also got the low profile mobile base, which is essential when you have a small shop in a garage. I have done a lot with it, including resawing, and it has performed well.
Finally I have the bandsaw I have wanted for 55 years
Ever since my first day at shop class in High school in Winnipeg, I have wanted a decent Bandsaw. I have recently been monitoring the available products and really liked the Craftex CX104 from Busy Bee Tools. The CX100 was also a contender but a bit of over kill for my needs. So, I bit the bullet and purchased a CX104 after some excellent advice from Roch at Busy Bee Ottawa. After some serious man/woman handling it is set up in the basement. I also installed it on a mobile base so it can be moved around. After the main assembly, I spent a lot of time making sure the required set up procedures were all completed as per the documentation. This bandsaw is wonderful. It is quiet, powerful and very solid. I will be using it for sawing up blanks for pens and small bowls. My sincere thanks to Roch, Carl & David at Busy Bee Ottawa for their assistance. Cheers, Ross