What 14" or bigger bandsaw to get?

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Forum topic by planesNchisels posted 12-30-2013 03:18 PM 4282 views 0 times favorited 22 replies Add to Favorites Watch
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12-30-2013 03:18 PM

Topic tags/keywords: question bandsaw ash maple walnut

OK I’m looking to get a new band saw that is 14” or larger if need be with about 12” re saw capacity and it would be used mainly for re sawing a lot over my life time of rough sawn lumber of ash, walnut, & splattered maple. we are talking around 4000 br feet If i can use it all in my life time. I’m not a pro or anything just a hobbyist. I have a delta 12” band saw that has seen better days and does not do what i want. I’m looking to get a new one. I see on this site an others that people have good and bad experience with Grizzly, Jet, Powermatic, Rikon & Laguna band saws. Some more then others and some just the the customer service dept. I understand not everything is perfect. but if I’m sending $800-$1500 for one I want the best I can get. I mainly use hand tools for my woodworking but don’t want to re saw lumber by hand.

So now to the question. What one to get. I see the new Laguna 1412 has good reviews except some have had issues with the table not being level. I see others that love the Grizzly & Rikon and some that don’t. the powermatic I’m unsure if I have seen anyone that like it for the price. So what one would you get?

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#1 posted 12-30-2013 03:53 PM

If you’re looking at $800+, I would get a 17” from Grizzly. I got my 14” Grizzly with extension block for under $550. They are running their year end sale through tomorrow.

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#2 posted 12-30-2013 04:00 PM

Look at the Grizzly G0513P.

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#3 posted 12-30-2013 04:22 PM

I went with the Laguna LT14 SUV since I had 240V power available. The 3 HP Leeson motor makes short work of resawing wide boards. It’s been a good saw for my needs.

-- John, BC, Canada

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#4 posted 12-30-2013 05:59 PM

I would get a grizz 513×2 or the laguana 1412, with cast iron wheels you can run bigger blades and have plenty of power it takes power to run 3tpi blades for resawing if you want to resaw in a shorter peroid of time if you buy less powered BS it takes longer to resaw because you can’t feed ata fast rate

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#5 posted 12-30-2013 06:03 PM

I own the Grizzly G0513 with magnetic brake and foot pedal. Great saw, 2HP, cast wheels, magnetic starter, cuts like a dream.

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#6 posted 12-30-2013 07:14 PM

If you’re mainly going to do Re-Sawing and you need a depth of 12” then I’d Highly recommend this saw…

Rikon 10-325 14-Inch Deluxe Band Saw

You can find em on sale for right around $1,000 bucks. With a 1” Timberwollf Re-Saw Blade you can get quality veneer cuts with this saw.

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#7 posted 12-30-2013 07:40 PM

get cast iron wheels if you do anything that’s a must

-- Staining killed the wood<<<<<>>>>>Dyeing gave it life

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#8 posted 12-30-2013 11:30 PM

I have the Grizzly G0555 Ultimate 14” band saw and I love it!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! You’ll not go wrong with that machine!!...........................Jim

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#9 posted 12-31-2013 01:30 AM

but if I’m sending $800-$1500 for one I want the best I can get.

rikon or grizzly for the best value. powermatic or jet if overpaying for faded brand names is more to your liking. jet and PM won’t deliver any better performance than a comparable grizzly or rikon, just cost more. from a biased former jet, and current rikon, owner.

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#10 posted 12-31-2013 01:55 AM

I did a LOT of research before I bought my Extreme Series 17” Grizzly and have been very happy with it for over 5 years. That said, a GOOD blade makes a big difference when resawing hardwoods. I use the Timberwolf 3/4” bi-metal 2-3 TPI. Pricy but cuts great and is supposed to outlast conventional blades 10:1.

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#11 posted 01-05-2014 01:39 PM

Update even with all the people that when with Grizzly I ended up picking the laguna 14/12. I liked the guide system better and it was 1 3/4HP with 12-13” resaw. from what i have read Laguna Band says are really really god. I will do a review on it once i have had time to play with it and try it out

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#12 posted 01-06-2014 03:32 AM

Highland Woodworking has the Rikon 10-325 on sale for $799 now with a free Wood Slicer blade…

Edit… Just realized you bought the Laguna. Congrats!

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#13 posted 01-06-2014 11:52 AM

I just bought a Extreme Series 17” Grizzly.
This a very nice saw especially for the price.

“from what i have read Laguna Band says are really really god”
I have read too many problems reports on LJ during the last few years to buy any Laguna tool.
I would stay away from the brand of tool.

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#14 posted 01-07-2014 12:53 AM

I own both a Laguna table saw and a Laguna band saw. No problems with either. I also own a Laguna air filtration unit that had a minor problem when it was new. Laguna resolved the problem the same day. So, my experience with Laguna has been positive. Most of the negative reports that I am aware of are from several years ago, so perhaps things have improved since then.

-- John, BC, Canada

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#15 posted 01-07-2014 03:40 AM

gfadvm,I just checked Grizzly’s xtreme Series 17” bandsaw and it looks quite impressive,did you have a hard time choosing which one of the extereme models you like the best? it would drive me crazy to pick one when I see for $75 more I could get the next one up with extra this or that.
none the less,it’s one good bandsaw and the price is great .

-- Ken from Ontario, Canada

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