buying a new band saw

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Blog entry by banjojam posted 04-29-2016 04:28 PM 1027 reads 0 times favorited 13 comments Add to Favorites Watch

I am in the market for a new Band saw. My budget is 650 to 750. What is best for my money? Or should I blow the budget and go higher? I am replacing an old Delta. No sure how old it is. It was a hand me down. What do you think. Thanks

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#1 posted 04-29-2016 05:10 PM

For the budget you mentioned, it is going to be hard to beat the Grizzly G0555 series of cast iron band saws. They are close to being a modern day copy of the old reliable Delta design. If I had more like $1000 to spend, I would consider a 14 or 17 inch steel frame saw that is made for re-sawing as well as curve cutting. I own the Laguna 14/12 and have nothing but good things to say about it. Grizzly offers a G0513 series of 17 inch saws I keep hearing good things about. Ar the lower end of the price spectrum is Rikon. I have one of those too but they use a blade guide system that I absolutely despise. It is hard to adjust precisely due to very poor design and machining tolerances. I hardly ever change blades in that saw for that reason.

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#2 posted 04-29-2016 05:30 PM

A lot depend on what you plan on doing with it, and then how much you use it. If what you plan on using it for needs a bigger saw then the upgrade would be money well spent. If you don’t use it daily and don’t need extra size, grizzly, jet, delta all make great saws. I have a jet I like, but it is not a daily use for me. I would like to have one with a quick tension release though that can be added after market.

-- Chad -- Buffalo, NY

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#3 posted 04-29-2016 05:35 PM

Thanks that helps.

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#4 posted 04-29-2016 07:18 PM

What is it your current delta doesnt do for you that you want it to do? That mignt help guide the discussoon.

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#5 posted 04-29-2016 08:12 PM

I just bought a new 17” Grizzly. Love it.

-- Nature created it, I just assemble it.

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#6 posted 04-30-2016 01:00 AM

My current Delta needs to be over hauled. The bearing are frozen the tires are shot. Carter has a upgrade for my saw at about 200 dollars. So I figured put the the money toward a new saw. My wife uses the table saw a lot so I thought it would be a good investment.

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#7 posted 04-30-2016 12:55 PM

I absolutely love my 24” Tannewitz , has the blade welder , cutter, grinder, variable speed,air compressor, foot brake . , if You can find one , there has never been a better bandsaw produced . I use 1/4 ” blades and have them tight
Never in twenty years has one broke or thumped .
I have 6 other bandsaws , but the Tannewitz is so fun to use . Yes the Delta Rockwell is the industry’s standard, have 4 different ones of those couple of the metal/wood style . and the grizzly go555, seems to do well also . I guess I am a tool nut , and don’t switch blades , they all do a different operation ,
Never impressed with the Rockwell 20” , were problematic . . Three of my bandsaw s have the factory tension release , I find myself never ever using them , if I do , turn the saw on without the retention and will create havoc. Think it is a bunch of crap, also a few have the roller bearing guides , and I still think the ceramic retrofit guides are the best all around guide. I remember when I was younger , and all the carter accessories hype was making me think I actually needed that stuff . Like I said the Tannewitz has steel guides and has always been flawless.


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#8 posted 04-30-2016 01:48 PM

Rikon gets a lot of good reviews


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#9 posted 04-30-2016 08:44 PM

Rikon #10-325, 14” .... Lists for around $1000. , but watch your sales and talk to your dealer about specials ... I got mine for $750.
Now I’m ready to cut 13” material right out of the box, “don’t need no stinkin’ risers” or special blade sizes like with other saws … And you can use 3/4” resaw blades.

-- Grumpy old guy, and lookin' good Doin' it. ... Surprise Az.

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#10 posted 05-01-2016 01:20 AM

Bought my 18 jet barely used- 750. also have a 20” rockwell- 1950 it has run flawlessly for 15 yrs now. watch craigslist.
Rikon and grizzly have good sales though

-- "There are only two ways to live your life. One is as though nothing is a miracle. The other is as if everything is."– Albert Einstein

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#11 posted 05-07-2016 06:28 PM

I looked at most all of these saws. They are all very good saws. I saw on Home Depot online sale the Delta 28-400. They dropped the price from 699.00 to 549.00. I am considering this because I can get 12 months no interest. Is this a good saw?

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#12 posted 05-07-2016 06:29 PM

The Delta 28-400 dose not come with a fence or miter.

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#13 posted 05-09-2016 11:06 PM

Delta is a pretty good saw, hard to go wrong there, but but now you have to buy the riser block and that changes the blade size, so now a new blade … so is there really a savings?? are we being penny wise and pound foolish??
I’ve made that mistake in the past … Free interest is hard to pass up and a great incentive.
Let us know when you pull the trigger

-- Grumpy old guy, and lookin' good Doin' it. ... Surprise Az.

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