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    Champion band saw?
    I'm going to look at a used band saw tomorrow. It is a Champion, model M1401. I have no idea of it's age but assume it's older. Info about it is hard to come by online but I've seen two of these on Craigslist in the past week.

    Can't find a single mention of a Champion band saw searching here on this forum or on Google. Anyone know this brand or what kind of quality to expect. (Also don't want to drive over an hour if I'm just going to look at junk.)

    Thanks for any input.


    My saw is a DeWalt788 Measure twice; cut once; count fingers after cut

  • #2
    Here are some interesting links for you. - Photo Index - Champion Blower & Forge Co. - 14 in Band Saw

    Champion appears to be a Canadian Company and they deal primarily in portable saw mills. The bandsaws appear to have been made back in the 50's. Your guess is as good as mine. I'm sure if it works it probably will be a rugged machine.
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    • #3

      My only concern would be: Can you get parts for it? I tried doing a little searching but did not come up with much either. Old Woodworking Machines has a couple of posts on them. Mike already found the Vintage Machinery site. If I find anything else I'll keep you posted.

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      • #4
        I don't think I would worry too much about parts. You can most likely find things you may ever need on the shelf or easy to modify into cooperation
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        • #5
          Got a new (to me) bandsaw

          Well, guys, I finally went to see that Champion bandsaw today. I was not just junk it was a heavy duty 14"er. I tried it out and it cuts like butter with a 2X4. I went a head and bought it and the guy had a brand new blade on it. I think this will fit in fine in my shop and will give me good service.

          Thanks for the info.


          My saw is a DeWalt788 Measure twice; cut once; count fingers after cut


          • #6
            I visited the link and saw the pictures of Champion band saw. Classic and simple. Glad it works for you like everything is new.


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