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#1 posted 11-01-2012 05:57 PM

Thanks for the comments all. I pulled the trigger on the plans and have already ordered many of the parts that I could have trouble finding locally.

@Brad – Based on the plans, it would be very easy to change to an 18”. Although I think if I were going to modify it, I’d just give it more resaw capacity and not change the throat depth/wheel size.

@James – I’ve got a spare motor and half of the lumber already laying around. The rest of the materials and hardware will probably be around $100. The G0555LX is over $500 delivered and only has 6” of resaw. You really have to move up to a $1000 saw to get comparable specs. Yes, seasonal movement could be an issue, but I really don’t see that causing too much of a problem with the construction method and a proper finish.

@poopie – Unfortunately, it’s the 12” combo bandsaw/sander (it will handle 1” sanding belts) with the smaller table that doesn’t tilt. I’ve been looking for a big, used saw for over a year with no success.

I did finally find another blog series on building this saw. It’s a pretty funny read, but a lot of the details are in the comments, so you have to run through all of that as well. I’ll be sure to keep good photos and notes so I can share the project as I make progress.


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