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Band saw #1: What kind of bandsaw would be best?

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Blog entry by Yostriker posted 01-06-2012 04:30 PM 4749 reads 0 times favorited 4 comments Add to Favorites Watch
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Hello all,

I am currently looking to get a band saw to put into my small garage shop. I would be using it for re-sawing (up to 4”) hard and soft woods. There are many to chose from but I would like to get your trusted opinions of 10-14 inch types. Any information and personal experiences you can provide will be useful. I would normally purchase a Canadian machine just because the shipping charges are horrendous at the boarder. Size is deffinatly a factor in this buy as well, my shop is small and finding space is difficult, to say the least.

Thanks and have a great New year!



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firehouse

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#1 posted 01-06-2012 05:33 PM

HELLO YOSTRIKER I HAVE A 12IN AND 10IN CRAFTSMAN I USE THE 12 FOR RESAW 10 FOR CUT OUT,THEY ARE 3 YEARS OLD DO A GOOD JOB. THAT SAID NEXT TIME I WILL GET A 14IN OR BIGGER NOT SURE WHAT BRAND BUT NOT SEARS. GO AS BIG AS YOUR CASH WILL LET YOU AS FOR BRAND NOT SURE. CHECK TO SEE WHO HAS THE BEST CUSTOMER SERVICE GET A GOOD BLADE. FIREHOUSE

-- duke 66 ocala fl.

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Viking

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#2 posted 01-06-2012 06:10 PM

The Rikon 10-325 is a 14” that can resaw up to about 13”. I am very pleased with mine. Whatever you pick, get some good blades for it. Most bandsaws come with really crap blades. I use the Timberwolf and have 1/4”, 1/2”, and 3/4” which do everything I need.

Good Luck!

-- Rick Gustafson - Lost Creek Ranch - Colorado County, Texas

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HalDougherty

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#3 posted 01-06-2012 07:42 PM

Ditto on Viking’s comments! I bought a Rikon 10-325 for my main shop bandsaw. For the money, I don’t think it can be beat. My main use for this saw was to resaw 3/4” thick boards 8 to 12” wide. It does a fine job of sawing through walnut, cherry and even hard maple. However changing blades from 3/4” to 1/4” to cut smaller radius curves takes about 30 minutes to swap blades and adjust both sets of roller guides. When the saw is set up with the blade teeth just past the bearings so the teeth don’t lose the ‘set’, the saw cut is straight down the center of the table, so you don’t have to adjust for drift.

I don’t switch to thinner blades now! I found a Rikon 14” bandsaw in like new condition for $125 last Fall. I keep a 1/4” blade on it to cut anything that needs a tighter radius cut.

-- Hal, Tennessee http://www.first285.com

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Viking

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#4 posted 01-07-2012 07:30 PM

Hal;

You have two Rikon’s? That is livin’. Woo Hoo!

-- Rick Gustafson - Lost Creek Ranch - Colorado County, Texas

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