Bandsaws #1: Tips on larger bandsaw selection

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Blog entry by Schwieb posted 08-23-2011 03:16 AM 2083 reads 0 times favorited 5 comments Add to Favorites Watch
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I have a 14” Delta Bandsaw that I have had for 20+ years and I bought it well used back then. It’s still a good saw for doing much of the work that I do and I don’t intend to get rid of it. It suffers in the resawing capacity that I would like to have and for cutting out big turning blanks for bowls etc. I have the riser block but that involves tearing apart the saw and getting all new blades and I’d need to beef up the motor. Besides I do enough different work that having one set up to resaw and the other for detail work would suit me just fine.

I want to get an 18” saw. I have drooled over several. The Rikon sounds like a good value and I could spend more for a Powermatic or Laguna but it is hard to justify. In reading the reviews for the various saws, I hear good things and terrible things about all of them. I haven’t even considered the off brands in my opinion like Shopfox or Grizzley. I live very far away from any woodworking stores that would sell these things so checking them out there isn’t a very good option. Highland Hardware in Atlanta has the Rikon on sale for $1100 but I hear they have a lot of motor problems. Any advice to share, LJs?

-- Dr. Ken, Florida - Durch harte arbeit werden Träume wahr.

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#1 posted 08-23-2011 03:56 AM

I wish I could help but I have the 14” delta with the riser block. Mine does ok with re-sawing but in hardwoods I have to go slow. I will have to make do with this one. I just have to get better quality blades! Good luck in your search.

-- Erwin, Jacksonville, FL

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#2 posted 08-23-2011 04:03 AM

Check here, right now they do not seem to have much but its where I got my 16” Laguna Band saw for $600.00 and it has turned out to a good saw. I was lucky that it was only 10 miles from my daughter so I got in a visit as well. Bring extra cash. They almost always have other stuff to sell. While I was there I also picked up a Powermatic 6” belt with 10” disc sander and about 8 six foot clamps for an additional $200

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#3 posted 08-23-2011 04:06 AM

I love my 17” Extreme series Grizzly. I did a LOT of research before I bought it and have never regretted the purchase. I have resawed some tough wood [Osage Orange/Hedgeapple] and it hasnt faltered yet [3 years and counting].

-- " I'll try to be nicer, if you'll try to be smarter" gfadvm

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#4 posted 08-23-2011 05:31 AM

not sure what your budget is, but there is no way I would spend money on a new saw. you will find much sturdier construction on an old saw, and probably a better price. I would suggest shopping around and finding an old Davis and wells, walker turner, or such . still runs off domestic power, has the resaw capacity, and looks much nicer in the shop.
better than exporting my money to whatever country the new saw was made in.

-- Junior -Quality is never an accident-it is the reward for the effort involved.

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#5 posted 08-24-2011 02:10 AM

I have a 17” Grizzly and love it!

-- Chuck

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