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Callum Kendall

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07-07-2008 08:46 PM

Topic tags/keywords: question bandsaw

I was wondering if any of you have any advice on buying a good sized band saw. I am looking to spend the eqivelent of about $500-$600, what do you think i should expect features and quality wise on a saw that costs this much. Also any saws that you would recomend in this price range would be appreciated!

Any ideas ?



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#1 posted 07-07-2008 09:15 PM

In this price range you can get a decent 14” band saw. There have been several reviews posted here. I would not go with anything less than a 1 hp motor and an included dust port would be nice. You should also get a riser block as well. This will enable you to resaw boards if you need to.

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#2 posted 07-07-2008 09:34 PM

i think you could get a good jet bandsaw for that kind of money. you should check out their models. i think they have 3 14” models so you should be able to find what you need in that price range from them.

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#3 posted 07-07-2008 10:24 PM

Definitely agree with Scott. The riser block will boost up the resaw capability. Also, look into adding Carter type bearing to replace the blade guides.

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Dick, & Barb Cain

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#4 posted 07-08-2008 12:05 AM

Check out the band saw reviews on Lumberjocks. here’s my Rikon review.

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#5 posted 07-08-2008 02:25 AM

My advice, after you get your bandsaw, is to stay away from snake oil. Carter anything, quick release anything. Good solid tool steel guides out perform everything else.

I’ve resawn 7” cherry with 3/4 horsepower with a well setup saw with an old blade that has never been detensioned in its life using OEM blade guides.

Everyone I’ve talked to that has these seems to have more issues than I do, cognitive dissidence tells them they don’t. Of course they use linkbelts on everything because a $40 belt has to be better than my $7 gates.

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#6 posted 07-08-2008 02:48 AM

March sure has a point there. I purchased a Kreg fence and otherwise mine is stock facrory and works great for me.

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#7 posted 07-08-2008 03:03 AM

Callum, if you get one that accepts a riser kit it will give you the potential to cut deeper. If you can’t afford it now you could add it later.
Get one with a good fence,it makes a lot of difference.

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#8 posted 07-08-2008 03:06 AM

I will tell you this …. ” I WILL NEVER BUY GRIZZLY AGAIN” ... end of story …......

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#9 posted 07-08-2008 08:10 AM

I saw that you were seeking opinions on table saws as well and I was going to advise you to spend your money on a band saw instead. So here it is . . . spend your money on a band saw. 600 bucks American is probably a little light for a good one so you might consider waiting on the t/s to maximize your bang for the buck.

If I were just starting out I would definitely buy a band saw first . . .

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#10 posted 07-08-2008 09:48 AM

Your best option at this price would be the grizzly. Save a little more and you can get a lot more though.

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#11 posted 07-08-2008 03:36 PM

Follow Dick Cain’s advice. Save up and get a Rikon. I just bought one, the same in Dick’s review, and it is terrific! The saw cuts thru 14 inch oak like it’s a marshmallow. It’s got a 14 inch resaw capacity. The saw has a 1 1/2hp motor. It doesn’t bog down. It was way worth the money. I have no bandsaw experience at all, and I was able to resaw the first couple times after minor adjustments. It truely is a great saw. If you need more, shoot Dick or I an email.

I was going to buy a Grizzly until I started hearing things about their equipment. I don’t know if any of that is true or not, as I do not own any Grizzly equipment. I can vouch for the Rikon though, and it’s one heck of a machine that you will not regret saving for and buying.

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