Another power tool question for you jocks & jockettes

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Blog entry by tennjock59 posted 02-19-2010 04:19 PM 1125 reads 0 times favorited 10 comments Add to Favorites Watch

I’m wondering about the advantages and disadvantages of a 2-hp, 17-inch band saw versus a 2-hp table saw? Grizzly offers each at a price of $850.

Your input on these two would be greatly appreciated.


-- jselrahc, east Tennessee

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Todd A. Clippinger

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#1 posted 02-19-2010 04:34 PM

Are you trying to decide which to buy?

Do you have a tablesaw? If you do not, get a tablesaw first.

-- Todd A. Clippinger, Montana,

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John Steffen

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#2 posted 02-19-2010 05:15 PM

I had the same dilemma when I was deciding on starting tools. I had considered the band saw for a few months before I ultimately went with the table saw due to it’s accuracy, joinery capability, and ease of use with sheet goods.

-- Big John's Woodshed - Farmington, IL

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#3 posted 02-19-2010 05:59 PM

Buy both…that way the decision is much easier.

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#4 posted 02-19-2010 06:09 PM

In my humble opinion a tabe saw is the first essential power tool to have in the shop. Of course it depends on what you want to do and your level of skill. For me and the work I do; table saw then belt sander then drill press then band saw then planer then jointer as a priority listing, but that is me and there are a million other lists that are right as well.

-- "aim small miss small" m g breedlove

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#5 posted 02-19-2010 06:17 PM

I own both a table saw and a bandsaw. They are both important to me and they each serve a different purpose. For me, if I had to have only 1 it would be the table saw. The table saw is an essential tool for most woodworking projects.

Regarding the bandsaw – - A key question is “will you be resawing?” If so, the 17” Grizzly will serve you well. However, if resawing is not in your plans then a 14” bandsaw (at half the price) may be sufficient. The G0555 is a great 14” bandsaw for $450. It is significantly better than the G0580 ($395).

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

View hObOmOnk's profile


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#6 posted 02-19-2010 06:25 PM

If you don’t need a table saw, then don’t buy one.

I am always surprised by the “table saw first” response.
Woodworking isn’t just one-way and no one asks the essential question, “What is it you want to do?”.

I know many professional woodworkers who have only a band saw, some only a table saw, others that have both and a few that have neither.

What is it you want to do?

-- 温故知新

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#7 posted 02-19-2010 07:03 PM

Well the bandsaw you can wait for a table saw is a must if your’e serious about jocking wood.Alistair

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

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Kent Shepherd

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#8 posted 02-19-2010 07:07 PM

In my not so humble opinion—LOL (Sorry mgb_2x, I couldn’t resist)—-I personally would get a table saw first. But, you are not me. Frequently, the questions on tool buying here are very broard, and therefore require very broad answers. I would totally agree with Randy, you can’t generically answer this. I all depends on what kind of work you intend to do. If what you do first is round widgets, then you need a band saw first. If you are planning on doing cabinets, you will have to have a table saw, and maybe all you then need is a jig saw. I know a lot of professional cabinet makers that don’t own a band saw. If we had a better idea of what where you’re headed, it will help with more specific answers. The 2 saws are very different machines, with different functions.


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Jon Spelbring

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#9 posted 02-19-2010 10:02 PM

I would say that it depends on what you build…

If you’re doing straight cabinetry, and dealing with plywood, then I would get a table saw first.

If you’re doing somewhat smaller work and/or curvy work, then the bandsaw makes more sense.

Personally, I find a properly tuned and set up bandsaw to be more a more versatile (IMO) – the one exception being the aforementioned sheed goods.

-- To do is to be

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#10 posted 02-20-2010 02:53 AM

For a somewhat differing opinion, I would first ask if I prefer quiet time with hand tools or in knocking out projects with the most speed and accuracy possible. If all you need is a cutting machine to rough out pieces for finishing to size by hand, then a bandsaw would seem more versatile (at least when dealing with non-manufactured stock).

-- Kacy, Louisiana

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