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New Shinys!! #1: New 14" bandsaw in my future?

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So one of the big items on my OMG DO WANT list for a while has been a 14” bandsaw (I currently have a 10” Ace benchtop that I got free and that has been a pretty solid performer, but really I need something beefier and bigger.) Considering my budget and the fact there really are other things I do need more, I put it on the back burner for the near future.

THEN I see the latest HF add, their 14” is on sale for $299, plus one of my stack of 20% coupons would bring it down to $239…which is doable….ooooooo…..

Then figure in the upgrades everyone seems to recomend for it…Timberwolf blade, urethane tires, brush, link belt, cool blocks, that’ll bring the total to just shy of $400, which is still less than the grizzly I was contemplating (figured at the original price of $350 be better to hold out for the grizzly but now…) (I’m not worrying about the riser since i dont do any big resawing as of yet)

I figure a simple mobile base (I forget if it comes with casters or not) should be easy enough to kitbash together, and then the only issue is a fence (that was a big plus for the grizzly also) but I found some plans in Wood Magazine 149 for a really nice do-it-all auxiliary table and fence, so I’d rather go that route then spend $100 or so for an aftermarket fence.

So we’ll see if I can squeeze that into my budget, and this might end up being the first addition to Jei’s Workshop v2.0 :D

\o/

-- - Jei, Rockford IL - When in doubt, spray it with WD-40 and wrap it with duct tape. The details will attend to themselves.



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richgreer

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#1 posted 1643 days ago

A bandsaw is a great addition to any woodworkers shop. I wish you well. I also encourage you to not be too fast to buy all the upgrades you mention. The stock tires will be fine until you wear them out (make sure to de-tension after each shop session and the tires will hold up well). The stock belt will be fine for the first few years. I may be the only one, but I am not a fan of cool blocks. I actually switched from cool blocks back to conventional metal blocks on my small bandsaw. The only upgrades I would want shortly after purchase are the Timberwolf blade(s) and the brush. I would get the TImberwolf blades in widths that differ from the stock blade. The stock blade, while sharp, will still do a good job for you.

-- Rich, Cedar Rapids, IA - I'm a woodworker. I don't create beauty, I reveal it.

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Jeison

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#2 posted 1643 days ago

With the HF bandsaw in particular those are the ones that the LJs that own it seem to mention as “must haves” to significantly improve its performance. I didn’t mean to make it sound like I was getting it all at once (the bandsaw itself + 1 or 2 blades will eat up my new tool budget for the month most likely lol) I don’t like to rush out and get all the bells and whistles for anything till I’ve had a chance to put it through its paces.

And to wait for Woodcraft or Rockler to have a good sale on what I need :D

-- - Jei, Rockford IL - When in doubt, spray it with WD-40 and wrap it with duct tape. The details will attend to themselves.

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Jeison

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#3 posted 1643 days ago

This is the table/fence I mentioned that I want to make for it. Thats part of my motivation for getting this sooner rather than later, it looks like fun to build LOL.

Bandsaw Table/Fence

-- - Jei, Rockford IL - When in doubt, spray it with WD-40 and wrap it with duct tape. The details will attend to themselves.

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jerryw

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#4 posted 1643 days ago

i have a 14” hf bandsaw. bought it 4 years ago. it is my workhorse. i do most of my ripping on it plus a lot of resawing. i use it everyday. i have had no problems with it. throw the blade that comes with it away before you even try it out and get a timberwolf blade. the plastic guide blocks won’t last every long so you will need some coolblocks. good bandsaw for the price.

-- jerryw-wva.

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