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Blog entry by 2007rusty posted 01-15-2008 03:08 AM 936 reads 0 times favorited 5 comments Add to Favorites Watch

Hello all. I’m looking to purchase a bandsaw. I plan on using it quite often. what to buy, new or used and size of throat, horsepower,brand of tool. what ever advice would be appreciated. thanks

-- I know all about hard work. It's that R & R I need to learn

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#1 posted 01-15-2008 03:34 AM

New or used I would stick with a name brand. Throat size depends on what you plan on doing with it.
A 14” saw is typical for a first purchase.

-- Gary - Never pass up the opportunity to make a mistake look like you planned it that way - Tyler, TX

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#2 posted 01-15-2008 03:42 AM

I 14” with a riser block give you some respectable resaw height. But, the motor id then too small to resaw effectively. You probably need 3HP or more to do effective high resaws cuts.

So it all comes down to what you want to do. Some of the brands have what they call resaw models with respectable height and poser.

-- I've been blessed with a father who liked to tinker in wood, and a wife who lets me tinker in wood. Appomattox Virginia †

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#3 posted 01-15-2008 11:30 AM

Like Karson says, figure out what you are going to do with it then you can narrow it down to which manufacturer and which model.

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#4 posted 01-15-2008 03:04 PM

I’m not stuck on any brand. Delta is very popular on the web. (e-bay). Jet tools are sold locally at Menards. Rikon and General are sold at Woodcraft and last but not least there is Grizzly tools.I was looking for a 14”” cut not 14” wheels. I did read about the riser kits and understand. thank you for that insight. I will be resawing and ripping wood, but not that frequent. i just want enough power to perform those task when needed. I know now that power,weight, depth of cut come at a proportional cost. I don,t want to fight the saw and I want accuracy. I will use this tool but not on a daily basis or on every project. I watched David Marks use this tool frequently. That guy is good and I’m not him. I know there is plenty of quality used bandsaws out there. I think what i need to look for is, cast iron table, minimum 11/2 hp. accessibility for a riser kit something used,not abused. What about the wheels and guides is there that much difference. I would like to spend under $500.00 for a used bandsaw Is this a reality. . I’m going to the woodshow this weekend and bug the hell out of these guys. Thank you again for your input

-- I know all about hard work. It's that R & R I need to learn

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#5 posted 01-15-2008 03:05 PM

The end use is what will determine the saw you buy. Do your research. I have a 15” General, that I just love. Will do most everything.

-- Brian, Ontario Canada,

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