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
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.
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.
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.
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