Thanks all! much appreciated.
Jim Im late to the party, but I'm a bit of a bandsaw junky. :mrgreen:
In general, look for something older and made of cast iron. 2 wheel units are generally better than three wheel as they make life easier on the blade. As far as parts availability there's not a lot to go wrong on a bandsaw. The tires are a wear item but their easily found on line.
The single most important part of a bandsaw and something people overlook when buying is...THE BLADE. Skinny flimsy boxed/Box store blades are money pits and some people think they are stuck using that saw MFG's (Delta, Craftsman, etc) blades.
Find someplace that will custom make you a good blade from good blade stock and buy those. Yeah they will be 2x the cost, but their worth it.
I'm a Toolmaker so I have a metal cutting bandsaw and was lucky enough to find a blade welder for cheap.
You're probably not going to be that lucky, but with a brazing outfit you can silver solder your own blades and come out way ahead in the long run cost wise. I buy rolls of bandsaw blade for pennies on the dollar from CL and FB market and can make blades cheap at will whenever I need them.
A couple months ago I bought a 100' roll of metal cutting bandsaw blade for what one single blade would have cost.
Food for thought.