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Forum topic by romain posted 06-23-2014 04:59 PM 3423 views 0 times favorited 9 replies Add to Favorites Watch
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06-23-2014 04:59 PM

Topic tags/keywords: bandsaw

Hello all,

I’m very new to the Lumberjocks forum and have a question.

I have just constructed a new (small) shop (for tinkering and hobby woodworking/ some light commercial; not full-on commercial) and it will be nice not to have to drag power tools out each time I want to use them.

My main “missing tool” is a bandsaw and I want re-saw capabilities. My experience with bandsaws is limited. Occasionally, I will have projects that have a good bit of re-saw work but (again) this is not for a commercial shop.

Thank you so much for your product reviews (such as Don K’s grizzly review) which I’ve used so far in my search for the “right” bandsaw.

I’d like a larger bandsaw with re-saw size at or near 12”. I am economy minded. The saws I’m presently considering are:
  • Grizzly 17” model GO513X2 (2hp; cast iron wheels & trunion, etc.) (about $1,150 w/ shpg)
  • a cheaper 17” Grizzly GO513 (about $924 w/ shpg.)
  • a Rikon S18” model 10-341 from Woodcraft supply (about $1,075 w/ shpg.)
  • a 14” bandsaw w/ risers which I can get significantly cheaper and possibly second hand (I’ve found many more 14” saws for sale on craigslist than 17” ones. I live in OR but away from the population centers – Eugene, Portland so 2nd opportunities are limited.)

I realize this is a subjective decision but thought I could get some good direction & advice off the forum. Don’t want to buy way more machine than I need but don’t want to be “penny wise & dollar poor” either.

thank you, Romain Cooper, Cave Junction, OR

-- Romain, Southwest Oregon

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#1 posted 06-23-2014 05:10 PM

Second-hand is good economy-wise, but if you’re really looking to saw 12” of hardwood, you’ll want a 17” saw with decent motor. A 14” saw will get the job done, but will lack the power to do it efficiently. I’m not the expert though, I have yet to graduate from my 9” harbor freight… just giving what I know. The saws you mention get generally good reviews, and I’ve heard equally good things about them.

Whichever saw you choose, setup and blade choice can make or break a saw. I reccomend Timberwolf blades for resawing and pretty much anything else, and many more people swear by Highland’s Woodslicer. As for setup, I found youtube to be a great resource, especially Marc’s video for a new bandsaw.

-- Tristin King -- When in doubt, sand it.

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#2 posted 06-24-2014 01:02 AM

I have the 17” Extreme Series Grizzly and have been very happy with it. The features it comes standard with make it a better value than adding features to the cheaper 17”er. Mine is used almost exclusively for resawing since I was gifted with a smaller (14”) saw.

-- " I'll try to be nicer, if you'll try to be smarter" gfadvm

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William Shelley

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#3 posted 06-24-2014 02:12 AM

You could build your own :)

-- Woodworking from an engineer's perspective

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#4 posted 06-24-2014 02:15 AM

I have the smaller Grizzly GO555 with a riser and I use it mainly for re-sawing 8” maple and cedar. I have a 1/2” carbide re-saw blade on it and use a grizzly re-saw fence. I have had mine six years and like it.

-- No PHD just a DD214

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#5 posted 06-24-2014 04:48 AM

I just bought an old powermatic 81 from 1965 for $1000. It is a 220v, 1.5 hp, 800 lb beast. I have already been resawing on it and I love it. Throat is about 20” and resaw capacity is 12”. I’m a used tool guy, which may not be your thing, but if you are willing to search around and bide your time a little, you can get some awesome american made machinery that is very well built (dare I say better built than the Taiwanese machines). I have no doubt that those Grizzlys can hang, but I just love old machinery and you can get a lot of bang for your buck if you are willing to do a day of pick up, clean up, and calibration.

-- The Wood Is Your Oyster

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#6 posted 06-24-2014 05:07 AM

I’m in a similar boat…right now I’m keeping tabs on a Powermatic 141 on a local auction site. Hoping to get a solid American-made saw for half of what a new Grizzly would cost.

-- Dylan C ...Seems like all ever I make is sawdust...

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#7 posted 06-24-2014 06:06 AM

Thank you, everyone, for your posts. Helpful and appreciated. Going to call tomorrow re: a second hand Laguna LT18 that is being sold by a friend of a friend. Cheers, R

-- Romain, Southwest Oregon

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#8 posted 06-24-2014 06:43 AM

Resawn boards cup. It is more pronounced as you
go wider.

Resaw capacity is over-rated for furniture, imo. For
turners, they need a lot. Get a fine saw that can
take a wide blade.

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#9 posted 06-24-2014 09:11 AM

I bought a Laguna 14/12 in March so far I am extremely pleased with the machine has what I think is the best guides around with the ceramic and easy to set up. take a good look at that saw you can go to laguna tools .com and look at it and if you go to the video section they have a complete set that runs from un boxing the saw to using it. I also got great service from wood werks when I bought it it also has the resaw capacity you are looking for.

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