I have a 14” Delta bandsaw with a riser block to clear 12” and quickly realized with a 3/4hp motor that wasn’t going to have enough power to cut any significant amount of wet wood. I have collected a large inventory of rounds over the last year or so and wanted to start cutting them this Winter into planks and turning blanks.
I’ve been reading as many reviews as I can and want to keep the purchase under $2,000.00. The Jet 18” with a 3 hp motor seems like a good fit for me.
But do any of you LJers out there have experience cutting near max height with green wood on this machine? Is the 3 hp motor strong enough to handle a large amount of wet wood cutting? Will the abuse of cutting out blanks and planks effect the finesse, of course with changing to an appropriate blade, to perform delicate resaw work? Am I looking in the right direction, or am I going to have to take the bullet and look at a more powerful machine?
All advice welcome, I would like to know if I should continue in this direction as I heard Jet is having a 15% sale sometime around Thanksgiving.
-- ---Joel; Central MD...rookie empter nester and getting back into woodworking!