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Posted on Reasons not to buy a 9 inch bandsaw?

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#1 posted 02-18-2018 06:43 PM

Eventually I d like to get a 14”+ bandsaw but that s not going to happen in the foreseeable future… so it s either a 9” or 10”. I m leaning towards a 9”. Is there enough of a difference between a 9” and 10” that it s a poor decision to go with a 9”?

I currently have a jigsaw and a diy table that can mount the jigsaw upside down. This setup works fine but I keep wanting a bandsaw every time I use it. If a jigsaw is good enough I would think a 9 inch is good… or is a 10 inch the smarter choice?

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Personally I would recomend buying the Craftsman (Rikon) 10 inch bandsaw. Your capacity is really limited to about 2 inches thick hardwood. I could slice a 2×4 on mine but it was slow and a 2×4 is not very hard.

Stick with a 1/4” blade, the biggest problem with the smaller saws is they are not stiff enough for a wider blade to tension it enough.

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