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#1 posted 01-29-2017 11:38 PM

For 14” saws look for Powermatic 141/143 (assuming you don’t need over 6” of resaw height) those and the General 15” 490 are the best small cast saws ever made along with Walker Turner. I shy away from suggesting Walker Turner for someone just sticking their toe small used bandsaws since parts can be an issue.

American made Delta’s are also good but they quality varied over the years and in the end they are pretty light weight. They were designed 80+ years ago with the idea of running a 1/4” general purpose blade. Many users really stretch their capacity these days. In reality many of the 14” steel spined saws are much more capable than even the best Delta.

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