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Posted on What Bandsaw to have?

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#1 posted 08-21-2019 06:53 PM

I m with keeping both. When I only had one, the blade changes/setups became a real drag even though it only takes a few minutes. Often times I found myself using a very non-optimal tool/method because “doing it the right way” on the BS required a blade change for just the one cut.

Now with the big saw set up for resawing/straight cuts and the smaller 14” set up with a 1/4” GP blade, I ve never had to touch either setup since.

- splintergroup

When I bought a 17” band saw to satisfy my resaw needs, I sold my 14” band saw. Really sorry I sold it now. Blade changes on larger saw are no fun. Really hate wrestling with 1” re-saw blades with large scary teeth, anymore than absolutely necessary. If all you ever used was recommended 1/2” re-saw blade on 14” saw, you may not understand that 1” blade is thicker and goes where it wants to go.

Currently trying to decided If I want another 14”, or smaller 10-12” for light work. Leaning towards 14” for one reason: Smaller band saws lack power to gnaw through 3-5” thick band saw box projects comfortably.

Suggest the best setup is having the biggest 18/19/20” band saw you can fit you shop for re-saw and timber cutting work with 1/2” and 1” blades, AND a smaller 14” saw with 3/16-1/4” blades for curvy work.

Best Luck.

-- I'm an engineer not a woodworker, but I can randomly find useful tools and furniture inside a pile of lumber!

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