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#1 posted 12-03-2018 06:04 AM

Resaw height is often rounded off and you can have a little more or less than the spec. If you really are going to be cutting 12” of hardwood regularly then you might consider saving a little longer and getting a more capable saw.
- AHuxley

I defer to AHuxley on overall bandsaw knowledge but I can say this is definitely true with my saw. I own the Grizzly G0513X2 and really like it – max cutting height is 12”. Actually, they say it’s 12 1/8”. Right now I’m making a little end table and needed to resaw a 12” wide board that could barely fit in there. (Didn’t want to glue two boards together in this case, I had something that was one piece that I could not pass up.) The end result will very slightly less than 12”, don’t care. But if you think you’re going to regularly need the max resaw value, I’d definitely shoot for higher than 1/8” of what you’re expecting to use. I’ve owned this saw for about three years and this is the only time I’ve maxed out the resaw capacity. I don’t expect to push it to that limit much at all in the future, and I’m OK with that limit. 12” is good for my purposes, for others it is not. Depends on what you’re doing. Just something for you to consider.

Can’t add anything else to what’s been said except – in general, buy the maximum amount of saw you can afford. The last thing you want to do is come to the realization months down the road that you just flushed $750 or $1000 or whatever the amount down the toilet and should have spent just a little more. Not a lot more, but some more. A lot more is easier to reconcile. I don’t know how many people are gonna say: I should have bought a $3K bandsaw instead of a $1K. But saying I should have bought a $1,200 bandsaw instead of a $900 bandsaw? Bring on the curse words.

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