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Reasons not to buy a 9 inch bandsaw?

by InstantSiv
posted 02-18-2018 01:34 AM


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John Smith

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#1 posted 02-18-2018 02:02 AM

I had a 12” Craftsman for over 30 years and it served me well. (I gave it to my brother).
around 2005, I bought the Delta Shopmaster BS100 9” bandsaw and it works well for
the work that I do. I am not building large projects anymore and is a good saw for the size and money.
look around C/L and you may find a good one for $50 or so.
it is so small and light, you could hang it on the wall out of the way on a hook.
this is the only bandsaw I have had other then the Craftsman so this is the only one I can comment on.
if you could find a 12” table top model for cheap, I would suggest that one over the 9”.
just a note: I do miss the vertical clearance more than the width.

also – you will not have the noise and chattering with a 9/10” bandsaw vs the upside down jigsaw.
I put in the cool blocks simply because that is what I had used before and was satisfied with them.
the Vermont brand blade cuts better than the ones that came with it.
I will give it 4.9 stars simply because of the low vertical clearance.

.

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#2 posted 02-18-2018 02:05 AM

I have the 12” craftsman and a 14” jet. Both good saws. I would be patient and keep watching craigslist. Something will come up. Go with the biggest you can afford.

-- Bruce, Boise, ID

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#3 posted 02-18-2018 05:23 PM

Most of the 9” are small, under powered, have limited capacity, and high vibration. Getting one with a cast iron table helps. I have the 12” Craftsman that has been a decent compromise.

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#4 posted 02-18-2018 05:40 PM

A cheap bandsaw is better than no bandsaw but the smaller they are the cheaper they are built. If you buy a small one spend as little as possible.

-- Rick M, http://thewoodknack.blogspot.com/

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#5 posted 02-18-2018 06:07 PM

One of the problems with the smaller bandsaws is that the blades run too hot and when they get hot they break. If you want a 14” bandsaw, I’d put the money you will waste on a 9” saw towards that and look for one on the used market.

-- Bondo Gaposis

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Loren

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#6 posted 02-18-2018 06:19 PM

I wouldn’t have much of a preference either
way. Narrow scrolling blades are likely to
break on you with either size.

On the used market the old Shopsmith 10”
band saws are well made. INCAs are as well
but hard to find.

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#7 posted 02-18-2018 06:42 PM


One of the problems with the smaller bandsaws is that the blades run too hot and when they get hot they break. If you want a 14” bandsaw, I d put the money you will waste on a 9” saw towards that and look for one on the used market.

- bondogaposis


I have never had a blade break on my 9 inch.

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#8 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?

- InstantSiv


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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#9 posted 02-18-2018 06:57 PM

Not knowing exactly what your intend to use is so it makes it hard to make a recommendation but in general I would not suggest getting anything less than a 14” saw. In my opinion you might be better of with your jig saw than a 10” band saw.
The measurement on band saws is related to the depth of the cut between the blade and the back of the saw. The height or thickness of the cut in not usually stated. For example my 17” saw is actually 16.25 deep and 12” high.

Here is one of the best videos on setting up a bandsaw I have seen: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=wGbZqWac0jU

-- Les B, Oregon

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#10 posted 02-18-2018 07:48 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?

- InstantSiv

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.

- patcollins

That’s the saw (Craftsman) that I purchased a year or so ago and also picked up a 3 pack (1/8” – 3/8”, I think?) of blades from Sears that were dirt cheap compared to better brands and work okay for non-critical work. I’ve cut 8/4’s maple with mine as a test with the blade that comes with the saw. I just won’t purchase a long extended warranty from Sears, IMHO.

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000

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#11 posted 02-18-2018 08:04 PM

I have a Delta 14” and I couldn’t think of a reason to have anything smaller.
I think of my Delta as the minimum for an entry band saw.

I agree with Bondo,
(“I’d put the money you will waste on a 9” saw towards that and look for one on the used market.”)

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Tabletop

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#12 posted 02-18-2018 08:09 PM

I have a used powermatic 14”. I’d take 500.

I upgraded to a 19” grizzly.

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#13 posted 02-18-2018 08:22 PM

I’ve got two Delta 14” machines, but have been on the lookout for a while for a 10” machine to dedicate to smaller scroll work (to compliment my scroll saw). Something like the model 768:

Or the way cool Delta Homecraft Gumby machine (Cat #28-110):

They show up infrequently, and every time one has around here, I’ve been too slow – they don’t stay for sale very long.

Cheers,
Brad

-- Brad in FL - In Dog I trust... everything else is questionable

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000

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#14 posted 02-18-2018 08:51 PM

It’s great to have the 9 or 10” for smaller stuff, IF you had a bigger one also.

But if you don’t have a bigger one then you are Always going to be limited on what you can do.

The 14” is still small enough to put an 1/8” blade on and do scroll work,
yet big enough to rip thicker stuff also.

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InstantSiv

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#15 posted 02-18-2018 11:20 PM

Thanks everyone for taking time to respond.

To clear up… I don’t think I would use a bandsaw enough to really justify going with a bigger model and my shop is small so a 14” bandsaw isn’t really practical for me right now… I don’t plan on increasing shop size or needing a bigger saw anytime soon so a smaller one seems better for my needs.

The question I have has to do with 9” or 10” ones… Like Rick_M said… spend as little as possible. That was my thinking and why I am leaning towards 9”... I was wondering if the difference is big enough between 9” and 10” models that the 10” would be better bang for buck because I noticed quite a difference in price.

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MT_Stringer

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#16 posted 02-19-2018 12:17 AM

A 9 or 10 inch doesn’t offer much throat capacity. Even your basic 1×12 would get caught up on some projects. I have one that sits on the shelf unused. The 14inch Grizzly gets used a lot, and I don’t even have the riser to make re-sawing thicker wood possible.

-- Handcrafted by Mike Henderson - Channelview, Texas

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OldDon

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#17 posted 02-19-2018 01:01 AM

The 10” Craftsman or Rikon saw has bearings vs. friction blocks as found on the 9’ for upper/lower blade controls.

OBTW, if you are a military veteran then Sears has a VERY good discount program for non-sale items. Show a form of veteran or active duty proof and 20% off.

-- Retired old guy enjoying the golden years. Ha!

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Woodmaster1

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#18 posted 02-19-2018 01:44 AM

I went with a porter cable 14” bandsaw from lowes works great and was not that expensive. You could also check harbor freight for a cheap 14” bandsaw (295 with 20% off) they would be better than a 9” or 10” bandsaw.

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#19 posted 02-19-2018 02:26 AM

I used a Craftsman 3-wheeler for a LONG time…

Have used it mainly for scroll work….even made a bench for it…More of just a stand. All tuned up, all I have to do is bring it out to where I can plug it in, and it is ready to work.

Also have a Craftsman 12” normal style bandsaw..

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#20 posted 02-19-2018 05:23 AM

I have a 10” craftsman. It takes 70 1/2” blades. Just wanted to mention that you don’t find that size in stores unless you still have a sears store around you (even then it’s not a given). They are readily available on the internet though. Food for thought.

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runswithscissors

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#21 posted 02-19-2018 05:30 AM

I have looked at the HF small (9” or 10”?) saw, wondering if anyone has tried it. Actually doesn’t look too bad. They used to have a cast iron table, but since have gone to aluminum. Too bad. (No, I don’t need one, as I have a 14” now, used for metal, and an 18” that I use for wood).

Has anyone tried the little HF saw? I’d be curious to know what they think of it.

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#22 posted 02-19-2018 12:17 PM

I’m not sure, but I think the 9” HF saw is more or less the same as the other 9” saws on the market. I do know that most of the small metal lathes all come out of the same plant (Sieg) – configured as each company desires. HF normally goes with the base model, fewer options.

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OldDon

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#23 posted 02-19-2018 12:21 PM



I have a 10” craftsman. It takes 70 1/2” blades. Just wanted to mention that you don’t find that size in stores unless you still have a sears store around you (even then it’s not a given). They are readily available on the internet though. Food for thought.

- Ezekial

Craftsman Item # 00929867000P Model # 29867

Includes 1/8 in. x 15T blade
Includes 1/4 in. x 6T blade
Includes 3/8 in. x 6T blade
70-1/2” Length

Might be discontinued? Was about $20-$25 ??? for the 3 blades.

-- Retired old guy enjoying the golden years. Ha!

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YesHaveSome

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#24 posted 02-19-2018 02:18 PM

I bought this about a year ago: http://a.co/cevDmQz

It’s my first bandsaw. The original blade absolutely sucked and it made me hate the bandsaw. A few months ago I got a Highland Wood Slicer for it and the bandsaw has done extremely well since. I would like to get a 14 or 17 some day but this is working well for me now with the new blade.

-- But where does the meat go?

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OSU55

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#25 posted 02-19-2018 04:28 PM

A few years ago I shopped for a 9–10” bandsaw. The 9’s all looked like toys to me, and I ended up with the 10” Craftsman. Much more steel/cast iron vs the 9”, and better guides. With A good set of blades and proper setup does quite well. I’ve resawn 4-1/2” thick oak with it, just to see if it could. Excellent small saw.

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Karda

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#26 posted 02-19-2018 11:28 PM

get the largest your budget will allow, I got a 10 inch wen it a cheap saw but it does what I want, I cut some bowl blanks with it. Has 6 inch clearance. as was mentioned u get a small saw u get small power

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bandit571

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#27 posted 02-20-2018 04:45 AM

This one still works great, for the kind of things the OP was asking to do…

Mitre gauge is merely sitting like that, to keep it from getting knocked onto the floor….otherwise, it would be facing the correct way. Has a 1/4” blade on board….works great for scroll work…..Emerson made back in the 1980s….no plastic in the frames. Wheels are easy to re-tire….DirtDevil drive belt is just the right size. 12” wide, I think it was…

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OldDon

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#28 posted 02-20-2018 02:13 PM

Nice old classic.

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#29 posted 02-20-2018 04:40 PM

I’d just use a jig saw or look for a used 10” saw. Those 9” saws almost look like toys (toys that could cut off your finger).

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#30 posted 02-21-2018 03:43 PM

well when I buy one, I want it to have a least a 13” throat to cut telecaster bodies. anything smaller and it would just not work for doing that.

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