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I NEED SOME HELP PICKING OUT A BAND SAW!!

by Cozmo35
posted 10-24-2010 01:03 AM


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interpim

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#1 posted 10-24-2010 01:07 AM

This is what I would want :)
http://www.powermatic.com/Products.aspx?Part=1791257&cat=332112

-- San Diego, CA

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a1Jim

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#2 posted 10-24-2010 01:15 AM

Interpim has a good choice but I’f I were to buy again I would buy a grizzle product. I have a laguna 16” and I think it’s highly over rated .Save $ 1000 and buy a grizzle and get a good machine and good customer service.

-- http://artisticwoodstudio.com Custom furniture

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Cozmo35

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#3 posted 10-24-2010 01:18 AM

Yeah! Me too! LOL! I was looking for something around a grand or so,....

-- If you don't work, you don't eat!.....Garland, TX

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Cozmo35

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#4 posted 10-24-2010 01:19 AM

Jim, what size should I get? Do you have Interpim’s website?

-- If you don't work, you don't eat!.....Garland, TX

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a1Jim

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#5 posted 10-24-2010 01:27 AM

There seems to be about three close to a grand. here’s the the closest

http://www.grizzly.com/products/17-Bandsaw-2HP-w-Cast-Iron-Trunnion/G0513X2

-- http://artisticwoodstudio.com Custom furniture

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a1Jim

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#6 posted 10-24-2010 01:29 AM

Here’s one with more power and it’s 19”

http://www.grizzly.com/products/19-3-HP-Extreme-Series-Bandsaw/G0514X

-- http://artisticwoodstudio.com Custom furniture

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richgreer

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#7 posted 10-24-2010 01:38 AM

I have an 18” Jet but, if I were to do it over, I would get a Grizzly.

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

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Stevinmarin

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#8 posted 10-24-2010 01:41 AM

A grand or so???? Holy crap that’s more than my whole shop! Whatya sawing redwood trees into boards?

Well, my less than humble advice is to decide what you will be doing most with it. If it’s mainly a lot of resawing, yeah…get the biggest, beefiest machine you can. If you want it mainly for cutting curvy stuff, you don’t need to spend much.

I have a Rigid saw that cost about $300. I’ve never encountered a need too great for it. Sure, it bogs down sometimes, but that’s cool. Also, look into how much blades will run you. That is an eternal expense.

-- Entertainment for mere mortal woodworkers. http://www.WoodworkingForMereMortals.com

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a1Jim

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#9 posted 10-24-2010 01:45 AM

Like Steve
I was thinking a smaller one would do the job too but becuase you said the bigger the better and a grand.
It all depends what your going to make.

-- http://artisticwoodstudio.com Custom furniture

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rance

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#10 posted 10-24-2010 01:53 AM

I go by what looks best in my shop. I’d suggest a nice purdy blue one! :D Or one like Steve suggests.

-- Backer boards, stop blocks, build oversized, and never buy a hand plane--

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a1Jim

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#11 posted 10-24-2010 01:57 AM

If you like pur d and low cost here’s a goody

http://www.grizzly.com/products/14-1-HP-Bandsaw-Polar-Bear-Series/G0555P

-- http://artisticwoodstudio.com Custom furniture

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Woodenwizard

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#12 posted 10-24-2010 02:19 AM

I have a 14” Jet with carter guides and a carter quick release. It works great for me and does all the things you indicated you wanted to do. I have a riser block in it but have never tried to resaw anything taller than 6”. I use it a lot for resawing 4/4 stock about 4” wide, edge glue them to 12” wide and run them through the planer to 3/8 or 1/4. This is what I use to do most of my clocks and scroll saw projects. If I had it to do over again I would probably get the same saw or maybe the powermatic 14”. It already has the carter guides and quick release.

-- John, Colorado's (Wooden Wizard)

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rance

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#13 posted 10-24-2010 02:33 AM

That one looks plenty pur d to me.

-- Backer boards, stop blocks, build oversized, and never buy a hand plane--

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EPJartisan

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#14 posted 10-24-2010 04:05 AM

I have no complaints about my machine, I do a lot of re-sawing and cutting apart small logs and branches.
Jet JWBS-16B, 16’’ Bandsaw. My partner gave me one for my birthday, winter solstice, and our 15th anniversary gift. He asked what I wanted most to improve the studio, so I researched and found this one on sale at the time for $200 off. I special order my blades from R&D Bandsaw, www.tufftooth.com.. they have decent quality blades at great prices, even with shipping. I have 8 different blades and change them often to suit tasks… Okay I LOVE my band saw… or at least having one of this caliber.

www.rockler.com/product.cfm?page=21322&filter=Jet%20Bandsaw

I would say the drawbacks are the thumbscrews for adjusting the brushings are bad and the welding in the arm catches on the blade when trying to change them. BUT I also say that I might not be the best source for determining quality. I started woodworking with old used tools and got used to fixing them, so I make do a lot.. over look and work around faults. But the beast has not let me down yet with fine detailed woodworking to horrid practices of sheer will vs machine to get the job done…. Oh the base sucks unless you make (or purchase) feet for it. Hope this helps some.

-- " 'Truth' is like a beautiful flower, unique to each plant and to the season it blossoms ... 'Fact' is the root and leaf, allowing the plant grow and bloom again."

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Stevinmarin

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#15 posted 10-24-2010 04:10 AM

heh heh…yeah, purdy. I want a bandsaw that brings out the highlights in my eyes.

-- Entertainment for mere mortal woodworkers. http://www.WoodworkingForMereMortals.com

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Chip

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#16 posted 10-24-2010 05:04 AM

Coz, like EP mentioned, leave some money in the budget for a variety of good blades too. 3 or 4 different ones at least for different tasks. A band saw isn’t worth diddly and isn’t much fun if the blades won’t do the job. Good luck to you and keep us posted…

-- Better to say nothing and be thought the fool... then to speak and erase all doubt!

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John Ormsby

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#17 posted 10-24-2010 06:09 AM

I prefer Minimax bandsaws. They are built like a tank and will last a couple of generations. You can put carbide toothed blades on the 20” and larger.
Or, a good used 20” rockwell delta.

-- Oldworld, Fair Oaks, Ca

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trasner

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#18 posted 10-24-2010 06:18 AM

Rikon 14 inch deluxe bandsaw. Cast Iron wheels, 13 inch resaw capacity (no riser block needed). Great machine. Usually can get on sale at Woodcraft.

-- Todd

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flatboarder

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#19 posted 10-24-2010 06:21 AM

I have the Mini Max MM16 It has a 4.8 hp motor you can resaw up to 15”7/8 and It built to last forever. If you like Carter makes a set of guides that even enhances the machine even more. I use the euro guides that came with the machine probably 90% of the time. And they work beautifully. I use a 3/4” Lennox carbide tooth on this machine no problem. However I perfer The Wood slicer from Highland And Timber wolf. For detail work I use stainless steel meat cutting blade 5/16”. I wouldn’t trade this saw for nothing. It’s without a doubt the most important machine in my shop.

-- Ive cut this board three times and its still too short?

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twokidsnosleep

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#20 posted 10-24-2010 06:40 AM

I have a Grizzly GO555P with the riser kit that I am pretty happy with and does everything I ask of it. Good bang for the buck, but get an aftermarket blade like a Timberwolf no matter what you buy….whole world of difference.
If I had 220 in the garage I would have gone for this one:
“http://www.grizzly.com/products/17-2-HP-Bandsaw-Polar-Bear-Series/G0513P”

-- Scott "Some days you are the big dog, some days you are the fire hydrant"

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Roger Clark aka Rex

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#21 posted 10-24-2010 07:58 AM

Cosmo35:
Listen to Jim, the Grizzly 17” models are great and will handle re-sawing well where you need some height and power. I have a Grizzly 17” Band Saw, it’s a great tool that won’t wear out in a hurry.
Remember you need different blades suitable for the the types of work you will do. In particular for re-sawing you need a Timberwolf or better still a re-saw blade from Highland woodworking called the Wood Slicer.
The Grizzly will handle all blades up to 1” wide, if you wanted a wider blade than that you would be running a saw mill. The Grizzly will go 110 or 220, so that is another advantage.

Hope you get fixed up OK …...... and Happy Birthday

-- Roger-R, Republic of Texas. "Always look on the Bright Side of Life" - An eyeball to eyeball confrontation with a blind person is as complete waste of Time.

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Triumph1

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#22 posted 10-24-2010 03:06 PM

I think the “problem” now is there are actually a lot of good bandsaws out there…proven by all the recommendations. I run a Rikon 14” deluxe and love it. I also swapped the guides with carter products. It would leave a little money left over to pick up some Woodslicer resaw blades…those things rock!

-- Jeff , Illinois Please...can I stay in the basement a little longer, please!

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Mario

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#23 posted 10-24-2010 03:27 PM

Push for a little bit more…....maybe??

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wiswood2

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#24 posted 10-24-2010 05:41 PM

I have a grizzly. 14 years old and never 1 bit of trobble, the only draw back is that they never go bad ,so you dont get to up date to new and better things. good luck. wating to hear what you bought.
Chuck

-- Chuck, wiswood2 www.wisconsinwoodchuck.com

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Moron

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#25 posted 10-24-2010 06:22 PM

I bought an old 20” rockwell for 700. Put new tires on it

works like a charm

-- "Good artists borrow, great artists steal”…..Picasso

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TheDane

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#26 posted 10-24-2010 07:18 PM

I have a 14” Jet (closed stand) with the Jet resaw fence and a Carter quick release. I bought it on sale at a local machine shop … with a mobile base I have about $800 invested in it. I’m not that crazy about the fence, but the rest of the package is A-OK.

I had really seriously contemplated a Grizzly G0555X. I went with the Jet because I could buy from a local guy I trust and can provide support, plus I didn’t have to pay shipping so the cost was close to the same as the Grizzly.

-- Gerry -- "I don't plan to ever really grow up ... I'm just going to learn how to act in public!"

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Dick, & Barb Cain

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#27 posted 10-24-2010 07:25 PM

I really love my 14” RIKON, check out my review. on Lumberjocks.

-- -** You are never to old to set another goal or to dream a new dream ****************** Dick, & Barb Cain, Hibbing, MN. http://www.woodcarvingillustrated.com/gallery/member.php?uid=3627&protype=1

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SCOTSMAN

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#28 posted 10-24-2010 07:27 PM

I ended up making a mistake when choosing my bandsaw, and bought what I thought was a big enough saw .And then within a year decided to go all out and buy a very big bandsaw which takes a 1.1/2 inch resaw blade and can resaw wood eighteen and a half inches high by 23 inches throat width.I therefore would suggest you buy the biggest bandsaw you can afford especially when requiring it for resawing.Alistair ps happy birthday and have fun good luck.

-- excuse my typing as I have a form of parkinsons disease

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PeteJacobsen

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#29 posted 10-24-2010 07:37 PM

Another vote for Grizzly. I recently upgraded from my second 14” saw to a Grizzly 17” G0513×2. Quite a difference. Quiet, strong, no lead at all with both 1/4” and 1/2” blades. Had I known what a difference it would be, I would have upgraded much sooner. It is really nice to set the fence and cut a straight line w/o worrying about the cut wandering off to one side. If I had to grumble, I’d say the bottom guide bearings are hard to get at to make adjustments when I change blades. I can live with that.

-- At war with my faults, at peace with my neighbors

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