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Forum topic by StanStann posted 06-13-2021 04:30 PM 393 views 0 times favorited 11 replies Add to Favorites Watch
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06-13-2021 04:30 PM

Topic tags/keywords: bandsaw

I have a small shed I work out of, and have to roll my mitre saw and table saw out to do anything.

I’m looking for a small bandsaw, capable of cutting 3” (2 2×4) repeatedly, for a reasonable amount of dollars.

Ryobi? Porter Cable? Grizzly? Wen?

A fence would be nice.

So…suggestions are welcomed and appreciated..

Stan in Kelowna…

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#1 posted 06-13-2021 04:43 PM

Some people have been pleased with Rikon saws.

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#2 posted 06-13-2021 05:29 PM

watch what your buying some 9 inch only have 3 inch capacity :<(((((((((

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#3 posted 06-13-2021 06:02 PM

I’ve a 60 year old Atlas I’d let go for $150. You’d be mostly paying for all the blades I have hanging on the wall.

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#4 posted 06-13-2021 06:09 PM

I ve a 60 year old Atlas I d let go for $150. You d be mostly paying for all the blades I have hanging on the wall.

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#5 posted 06-13-2021 06:49 PM

Used to have the use of a Delta 9”.....not bad.

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#6 posted 06-14-2021 03:48 AM

Bear in mind that the smaller the bandsaw wheel size the more the blade is flexed on each revolution. The more flex, the shorter blade life.

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#7 posted 06-14-2021 04:11 AM

Not sure which one to buy but I can say Do Not buy the Ryobi 9” or the corresponding Harbor Freight version of that saw. I have had one for 9 years and it is basically passable as a band saw but accurate it is not in the slightest. Just a word of warning there.

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#8 posted 06-14-2021 04:16 AM

If you want to cut 3” all day, don’t get one with max 3” capacity. Just cause it can…

The new Rikon 10” deluxe has a 5” capacity.

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#9 posted 06-14-2021 11:29 PM

I hear good things about the Rikon 10-306

But i would make two disclaimers
1) I personally have never owned one
2) I am band saw biased, if I was in your place I would get a 14” band saw and ditch my table saw. for the past 6 months my table saw has essentially been overflow bench space and my band saw gets used every day. Either way a good band saw is worth spending the money on so I would get the best one you possibly can, skimping now will be more expensive in the long run (that i do have personal experience with)

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#10 posted 06-16-2021 03:55 AM

Stan, I upgraded from that old Atlas to a new Powermatic 14”. It’s a total game changer. My shop is 30’x30’ 2 car garage. When the wife pulls her car out I have free use of the full space. Everything is on mobile bases so I can arrange tools as I need them. At the end of the day. I park everything back so the wife can pull her car back into the garage stall. It works for us.

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#11 posted 06-16-2021 10:32 AM

My shed is 10’ x 16’ and the first tool I got rid of is my electric miter saw. That thing took up way too much space. I have a 9” Ryobi and used it once before I found a 14” used saw. I should probably get rid of 9” but am waiting to see if I will maybe keep a small blade on it and a wider blade on the 14”.

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