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#1 posted 03-15-2016 07:32 PM

Based on your shop size, I wouldn’t eliminate the thought of a benchtop band saw. I agree with William’s advice, but I too am somewhat limited in space. I share a two car garage with a minivan, and a zillion kid toys/bikes. Right now, my only option is a bench top band saw. I bought it 2 years ago (10” Craftsman), and have been very happy with it. It’s very accurate with a good blade, and can even do a limited amount of resawing. It’s resaw capacity is only around 4 3/4”, but it has worked for me.

Bottom line is this: I won’t have space for a 14” bandsaw for at least 3-4 more years. I was more than happy to spend $160 on the 10” band saw for 6 years ($27 a year), as opposed to having none at all. Another benefit to having the small bandsaw is once I Do have a new shop with more space, I can leave a narrow blade on the 10” and put a resaw blade on the 14”.

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