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#1 posted 02-17-2017 02:02 AM

Ripping with band saws and table saws is not directly interchangeable between the two. A table saw can leave a pretty clean edge, and usually a light sanding will put you at the finish ready level. A band saw leaves a much rougher finish, meaning additional smoothing is necessary, usually with a planer or jointer….not a trivial thing to someone who doesn t own one, and still extra steps for those who do. Once all is said and done, the total kerf width of the actual band saw cut, plus planing away the rough finish are likely to consume as much or more material than a TS with an ultra thin kerf blade. Am I missing something about ripping with a band saw?

- knotscott

Nope that was my thinking also, I’ve never had a cleaner cut from a BS than a TS and as you stated all that kerf you save will be gone and more after smoothing/sanding.

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