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kajunkraft

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08-21-2019 12:52 AM

I am sort of paring down my shop. Have two 14” bandsaws (both Jet and perfectly satisfied). One has resaw capacity (12”) and is 1.5 hp. The other is 1 hp and less height. I think that I have been able to do whatever I wanted with the larger one, but am thinking about selling both and getting only one that can do about anything I may ever want to do.

So, thinking about size, horsepower, features, brand, etc. am wondering what to do. Looking for suggestions, comments, etc.

In other words, if you could have any bandsaw you wanted, what would it be and why

Thank you.


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wncguy

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#1 posted 08-21-2019 11:34 AM

I make a lot of bandsaw boxes, in my perfect world I’d have the room to keep both saws since you’re satisfied with them.
One set up for re-saw & the other for smaller/tighter cuts.

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#2 posted 08-21-2019 12:22 PM

To save on sanding, I’m really impressed with the Rilkon with the Striatech motors. I’ve seen examples of the exact same blade on the same pieces of lumber where the only difference is the motor. The finish quality is pretty amazing as the motor doesn’t bog down really. That being said, there’s a huge benefit to two saws. One set up with a thick blade for resawing and another for fine cuts. I plane on getting a Rikon 10-326 with the Striatech package and using it strictly for resawing and possibly bowl blanks. My Powermatic 14” will become my thin blade saw… and my current Delta will get sold.

Rich

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kajunkraft

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#3 posted 08-21-2019 12:30 PM

Will have to look into the Striatech motors & Rikon. Hadn’t heard about them.

Yes, it was nice to have two bandsaws set up separately. However, I’m trying to make room for better access to other machines and having only one bandsaw makes a difference. My shop is not exactly huge!

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#4 posted 08-21-2019 12:40 PM

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=vPuMlYrG8j4

Thats the saw/motor combo

Rich

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#5 posted 08-21-2019 05:35 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.

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#6 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

+10
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.

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#7 posted 08-21-2019 07:14 PM

Assuming keeping both is off the table, I’d be inclined to keep the larger one instead of selling both and buying a different one. What are you thinking you may need to do that the larger one couldn’t handle? More resaw?

I have a 14” bandsaw and if I ever find myself needing to resaw 16” or something like that, I’ll pay the $20 to have a local shop do it. It would have to be a very special piece of wood and a very special project for me to ever require that (i.e. not probable or certainly not frequent) so I’m not inclined to buy a bigger machine for the one off use.

Personally, I’d rather use the money from the smaller saw toward something I needed more or otherwise didn’t have

All that said, if I’m just dreaming here – regarding your “if you could have any bandsaw” question – I’d want a minimax MM16

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#8 posted 08-21-2019 07:29 PM

As much as I “love” changing blades on a bandsaw, I would love to have two or three of them so I wouldn’t have to change blades.

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#9 posted 08-21-2019 07:45 PM

Ditto, I have one with a riser and one with a 3/16 blade for scrolling. It is most excellent.

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#10 posted 08-21-2019 09:12 PM

+1 for a 14”
-2 for Laguna 1412—mine (probably the operator) has just been a bit to strange.

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#11 posted 08-22-2019 12:17 PM

I have two Rikon BS, the 14in w-3/4” blade for mostly resawing, and later added the 10in. with-1/8” for curves. By having two bandsaws, I don’t have to worry about changing/adjusting the blades.

I am with PaulDog!
QUOTE: ”...As much as I “love” changing blades on a bandsaw, I would love to have two or three of them so I wouldn’t have to change blades…” UNQUOTE

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#12 posted 08-22-2019 12:55 PM

Definitely should just keep both and save that money for another tool. I have a 10-326 and pm 141. Love being able to just walk to either one and cut, instead of having to change blades.

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kajunkraft

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#13 posted 08-22-2019 06:00 PM

Thanks for the input. I love having two bandsaws but trying to increase floor space by going with only one, even if somewhat larger than either.

Could the 1/4” blade be used for resawing and curves, so wouldn’t have to change blades?

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#14 posted 08-22-2019 06:04 PM

No, you really want at least a 1/2” blade for resawing.

What model is the smaller jet?

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#15 posted 08-22-2019 06:14 PM

The question is, what will you buy that will be better than the bigger Jet you have?
A quarter inch blade will not resaw very well, resaw blades need fewer teeth per inch and big gullets to remove the waste, these types of blades will leave a very rough edge if you start making curves with them.
Just for the record, I to have two bandsaws a Laguna 14-12 used for resawing and a delta clone with a thin blade.

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