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

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Blog entry by Jeison posted 01-29-2010 02:50 AM 3464 reads 0 times favorited 4 comments Add to Favorites Watch
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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 01-29-2010 05:05 AM

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 01-29-2010 05:10 AM

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 01-29-2010 05:14 AM

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 01-29-2010 05:26 AM

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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