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02-20-2019 12:25 AM

So I just picked up a 14” PM Bandsaw with a 6” riser 1 1/2 hp to replace my 3/4hp Delta. I was going to sell the Delta due to a small shop…. But now I’m wondering if I should just keep it and put a 1/8” or 1/4” blade on it for small things and curves.. then keep use the PM for resawing and bowl blanks…. Any suggestions?

Rich


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#1 posted 02-20-2019 12:33 AM

lol, i just went thru this, had a harbor freight for misc. minor stuff, my old delta for my detail stuff, bought a 20 inch delta for resawing, then came a cross a newer delta for peanuts, so after accessing my needs and the uses, i just today sold the 20 inch a fella here in az that refurbs older stuff more than uses it, the harbor fright went to a friend, so he can learn some skills, not bad for a starter, it had many miles on it, and the peanut delta went last week, so i have the old guy, that does just fine, change out some blades, and cuss while taking off my dust set up, but i do now have room for ”’other stuff;

best of luck with a direction. only took me a year or so to figure it out. lol
Rj in az

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#2 posted 02-20-2019 12:47 AM

I have a Rikon 14” deluxe bandsaw 1/2” resaw blade and a porter cable 14” with a carter stabilizer and 1/8” blade. I think is great having 2 bandsaws.

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#3 posted 02-20-2019 12:48 AM

This was the PM. $600

Rich

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#4 posted 02-20-2019 02:20 AM

Keep both. Very nice not having to switch out blades once you get one dialed in.

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#5 posted 02-20-2019 03:20 AM

Right now my 2nd is a table top… I want to “replace” that one with one with a 20” clearance… Should be able to do that next year…

2 bandsaws are a great luxury.

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#6 posted 02-20-2019 03:36 AM

WISH I had room for 2 was thinking of putting old one on table somplace but where wonder if the vibration would come out of it if i did that UMMM :<((( GRATZ Rich its a wonderful saw

-- Tony---- Reinholds,Pa.------ REMEMBER TO ALWAYS HAVE FUN

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#7 posted 02-20-2019 12:06 PM

Looks like the shop stays more crowded for now….. lol

I ordered a 3/4” Timber Wolf for resawing, a 3/8” for green wood (bowl blanks)... and then I have a bunch of cheap Olson’s I’ll set up on the old Delta for small curve work and dovetail waste I guess.

Rich

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#8 posted 02-20-2019 12:16 PM

Killer deal on that PM. That’s squarely in “You Suck” territory

If I had the space, I would do exactly what you are talking about – two bandsaws, one set up for ripping and resawing and the other for curves.

-- In theory, there is no difference between theory and practice. In practice, there is.

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#9 posted 02-20-2019 12:36 PM

Rich – are you, Grant, Kenny, and Dave K having a contest to see who scores the best deals? You are making the rest of us seriously jealous. Nice score.

+1 JayT


Killer deal on that PM. That s squarely in “You Suck” territory

- JayT


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#10 posted 02-20-2019 03:29 PM



Rich – are you, Grant, Kenny, and Dave K having a contest to see who scores the best deals? You are making the rest of us seriously jealous. Nice score.
...

- EarlS

What do I have to do with it? I haven’t bought anything in months and haven’t scored a good deal in… well I don’t recall when. In fact, the best deal I’ve gotten recently, was the 45 I bought from Mos’ which I believe you took advantage of too ;-) Actually, I did score a good deal on an old miter box recently if that counts ;-p

But, back to your question Rich, I had two for a while. It is convenient but wasn’t worth the sacrificed space to me so I sold one. Changing blades does take a few minutes but, I ain’t running a production shop. If I had more space, I’d be happy to keep 2 bandsaws but with what I have, I’d rather have the room than the convenience.

-- Kenny, SW VA, Go Hokies!!!

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#11 posted 02-20-2019 03:30 PM



So I just picked up a 14” PM Bandsaw with a 6” riser 1 1/2 hp to replace my 3/4hp Delta. I was going to sell the Delta due to a small shop…. But now I m wondering if I should just keep it and put a 1/8” or 1/4” blade on it for small things and curves.. then keep use the PM for resawing and bowl blanks…. Any suggestions? Rich

- RichBolduc

As other suggested do so. I have two as well, one benchtop for curves and detail work, one 14” for resaw work.

-- Live to tell the stories, they sound better that way.

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#12 posted 02-20-2019 03:32 PM

That’s my dilemma. Guess I’ll run 2 for a little bit to see how crowded the shop is then decide from there. Not like I don’t have a bunch of unused Olsen blades for the Delta. I did order a couple of new blades for the PM for resawing and one for cutting green bowl blanks. I’ll run the 1/4” blade the riser kit comes with until it needs swapping.

Rich

But, back to your question Rich, I had two for a while. It is convenient but wasn t worth the sacrificed space to me so I sold one. Changing blades does take a few minutes but, I ain t running a production shop. If I had more space, I d be happy to keep 2 bandsaws but with what I have, I d rather have the room than the convenience.

- HokieKen


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#13 posted 02-20-2019 04:12 PM

I have two on purpose. One old refurbed Craftsman with a modified Carter single roller guide with a cheap 1/4” blade most of the time (use it for a lot of stuff) and a 14” ShopFox with a 6” riser and carbide tipped blade which I only use for good wood. Have them both on rollers and they take only about two square foot of floor space each. Well worth having both.

-- I,ve had amnesia for as long as I can remember. Vernon

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#14 posted 02-21-2019 03:26 PM

I’ll join the echo chamber 8^)

Having two saws is a wonderful, wonderful, thing. Resaw on one and utility cuts on the other.

I keep a 3/4” blade on the Minimax and a 1/4” blade on the Powermatic I restored a few years ago. I haven’t needed to swap a blade since (well, only once when I resawed some logs with a 1-1/4” 3TPI).

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#15 posted 02-22-2019 08:20 PM

I have two as well. One 14” and the other 17”. I however, no longer use a tablesaw so having them is a huge bonus. Well worth it.

-- Dave - http://kelleycrafts.com/ - pen blanks - knife scales - turning tools

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