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New Laguna 18" Bandsaw

New Laguna 18" Bandsaw

08-29-2008 03:32 PM by Wade Putnam | 32 comments »

Received my 18 ” saw and a Driftmaster Fence about three weeks ago, and the experience has been trying.First I received my copy of the invoice on Saturday, before my saw was to be delivered on Tuesday.When reviewing the invoice I discovered Laguna had shipped me a 16HD instead of the 18 I had ordered.Couldn’t speak with the sales rep until Monday the day before scheduled delivery to advise him of the mistake, (this was after waiting weeks for delivery).The sales rep admitted it wa...

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Grizzly G0555 Ultimate Bandsaw Assembly

Grizzly G0555 Ultimate Bandsaw Assembly

08-14-2008 01:43 PM by Matt Schnurbusch | 17 comments »

Grizzly G0555 Bandsaw Assembly ———————————————————————————————————————— This is a really long post. If you just want to see the slide show click HERE. Due to the recommendations of the woodworking world and the World Wide Web as a whole I bought th...

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Riser Block

Riser Block

07-12-2008 11:05 PM by khop | 5 comments »

The riser block made for the Grizzly G0555 14” bandsaw also works on the older Jet 14” saw. I compared the cost and it was a no brainer. The Grizzly H3051 Extension kit does the job for only $59.00 . This kit comes complete including a new 105” blade. The blade isn’t the best, so maybe order a good one for resawing. I also equiped this saw with new tires from Rockler. Most reviews say they are the ones to get. The cost of the tires are most resonable at rockler (HUH). ...

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Customer service

Customer service

05-30-2008 03:03 AM by Sawdust2 | 5 comments »

My Jet bandsaw is coming on 4 years old. I know because I bought it at the IWF in 2004.It has the “Carter-style” roller guides.The lower guides adjust on a cam to get close to the blade.There are a number of folks I let use my saw but I will accept responsibility for not loosening the adjusting nut. In any case, the cam broke.First call to Jet got me a very nice, but unknowledgeable young lady who passed me over to a guy in service who said that he would fax me a parts list. (Nowh...

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Just the right size for many projects

Just the right size for many projects

05-12-2008 05:58 AM by bkhop | 11 comments »

SST just left his review of the Shopsmith 11” bandsaw. What you’ll see between my bandsaw and his bandsaw is that both of them are the same “base” units. The saws are exactly the same, even though mine was manufactured about 45 years later, just as he mentioned in his review. The differences are what I’ll point out in my review. The table, as you can see, is the first main difference. SST’s bandsaw has a nice, heavy cast iron table. Mine has an aluminum ...

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Shopsmith by Magna 11" bandsaw...small, simple, unchanged for a half century

Shopsmith by Magna 11" bandsaw...small, simple, unchanged for a half century

05-11-2008 06:23 AM by Shopsmithtom | 29 comments »

I decided I’d review my 1956 Shopsmith band saw. Why would anyone care about a 50 plus year old band saw???(except for a couple of old Shopsmith nuts?)Because it’s a great saw and you can still buy one new today from Shopsmith, or used on ebay, and you’d be getting essentially the same machine as my 50 year old saw.(and I consider that a good thing) Now, why would anyone build the same tool for a half century while everyone around you changes stuff almost as often as car ...

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Steel City 14" Granite Top Bandsaw

Steel City 14" Granite Top Bandsaw

03-07-2008 06:10 PM by GaryK | 50 comments »

Here it is. The Steel City 14” Granite table bandsaw.The grand prize for the 2008 Winter Challange http://lumberjocks.com/jocks/msojka/blog/3434 Now since I just got it, this review covers just the assembly and some preliminaryperformance results and features. After I have used it for a while I will add anaddedum to this review. Since I also purchased the 6” riser block I will do a separate review for that. Assembly: Here is how they arrived:.The base came in the small...

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Craftsman 12" Bandsaw

Craftsman 12" Bandsaw

02-29-2008 11:50 PM by DennisC | 16 comments »

This is everything you could expect from 12” saw. It is manufactured by the same factory that makes Rikon saws. It has good power, 3/4 horse; capacity, 7”; and can be adjusted to cut pretty straight. The guides work nice and can be adjusted up tight. The factory fence is junk. I built one to use with the factory front rail and it works just fine. I’m using a 1/2” 3 tooth blade and have my fence set for about 1/8” drift from front to back.The trunion can be adju...

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Darn good product

Darn good product

02-29-2008 11:32 PM by Woodshopfreak | 10 comments »

This bandsaw is great. It allows me to cut curves, very thin peices, and resaw, and its only $150, thats right only $150. It is a great buy for the money. If your wanting one and you don’t want to spend a fortune for a huge bandsaw, then this is a nice substitute. It has about a 5 inch resaw compacity, which isn’t the best but alot better than the compeditors benchtop models. You would think for $150 it would be a plastic pile of junk, well that is certainly not the case here. The...

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General 15” Wood Bandsaw

General 15” Wood Bandsaw

02-29-2008 04:00 PM by toyguy | 3 comments »

Without a doubt, the most used/loved machine in my shop is my old reliable General 15 inch bandsaw. This particular saw is an older tool inherited from my Dad. It was manufactured in 1970 in DrummondVille, Que, Canada. Model number of this saw is the 490 and it is still manufactured today, a testimonial to its quality. This is an original General product; not to be confused with the now available General International products that are manufactured off shore. Like a lot of the tool manufactur...

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