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The question is….
What do you (currently & in the future) want to do with a bandsaw???

A bench top model will have:
a smaller throat clearance…. width of cut.
a smaller resaw capacity…. height of cut.
Won't take a wider blade, which again limits resaw ability.
Smaller HP motor…. potentially limiting the thickness of cut.

Generally speaking, you should purchase the biggest saw you can.
This will be determined by both budget and shop space available.

With a floor standing model, a closed base will be a more rigid machine.

What you want to do, along with budget and space are the driving forces in the purchase decision.
 

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I agree with DIY.

My first bandsaw was a Craftsman 10" table top model. It was practically useless for the kind of work that I wanted to do. It wasn't so much the size, but the power.

My guess is that if you shop around that you can find a nice 14" saw (maybe used) for a reasonable price. The only qualifier would be shop space. The floor model will require more space.

Let us know what you decide and how well it works out for you.
Charlie
 
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