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05-29-2015 12:14 AM

Topic tags/keywords: tools band saw planer

I’ve sold off some stuff that wasn’t being used and have come into some cash. I need some advice re: what tools you think are best for me to buy, as I do need some new ones to replace some old, rather well-used ones in my shop.
Most of my projects currentyl are boxes of various sizes, an occasional cabinet or picture frame, and small projects for the house as well. I offer the boxes for sale.
I use only reclaimed lumber or logs that may be trashed or burned, and only domestic woods. My current bandsaw in ancient, but works well, but it only has a 6” resaw capacity. I could have a riser block made for it by a local machine shop to bring it up to 12” capacity, but I’m concerned that resawing at that size will overwork the 3/4hp motor. What are your thoughts?
IF I have to upgrade the motor to 1 1/2 or 1 3/4hp, plus get a riser block made, might it not be a better idea to just get a new saw that has the capabilities built-in?

My lunchbox planer is an older delta 12” that work OK but doesn’t have ANY facility for chip collection. Since the bulk of my lumber needs planing, this mess is getting on my nerves! What new 12” or 13” bench-top planer would you recommend as a “best-buy”??

I think that some new blade in my older Jet 6” jointer will be sufficient for my forseeable needs.

I also need to install some more efficient dust collection, as I’m currently working with 4” flex tubing all over the floor and a 1/2hp Delta bag unit that has a problem drawing sufficient air in my long, narrow shop. SOO—some funds will have to go towards that as well.

I’ll probably run out of cash before I get everything I would like, but I’d like your input on how to spend the cash in the wisest, mosteffective way.
Thanks for your help!

-- Jim, Altadena, CA

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#1 posted 05-29-2015 12:24 AM

May not be for you but my drum sander has become my favorite tool in my shop. It is especially useful for cleaning up recycled lumber that is really hard on planer blades. That said, I did have a decent tablesaw, bandsaw, jointer, and planer before I got the drum sanders.

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#2 posted 05-29-2015 12:29 AM

What your budget is will help.

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#3 posted 05-29-2015 02:28 AM

I think that a table saw would be a good idea for the projects you build, maybe a cabinet saw. If you already have one though, a band saw would be the way to go.

-- Ethan,

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#4 posted 05-29-2015 06:34 PM

gfadvm-yeah—I’ve been thinking about a drum sander, too. Sure would be nice, and save a bunch of wear and tear on the planer.

fridge—budget is approx. $3000

esmthin—got a good cabinet saw, but my band saw is a junker, and too small.

Thanks for your input—great to share ideas.

-- Jim, Altadena, CA

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#5 posted 05-29-2015 06:45 PM

A bigger bandsaw would be a hard way to go wrong. A riser block probably wouldn’t be worth your time on a saw with a 3/4hp motor unless you do a lot of work with balsa.

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#6 posted 05-29-2015 06:50 PM

yeti—not much balsa in my future! I went over to Rockler and looked at the Laguna 14” w/1 3/4hp motor on 110V, 12” resaw capacity, nice fence system. Lotta bucks, but a really nice saw. I think it’s big enough for anything I may be doing. Logs bigger than 12” will just be ‘rough-squared” with a chain saw, then transitioned to the and saw.
My only concern is the 110V rating. I’d prefer a 230V unit, but with Laguna that jumps the price by approx. $500.

-- Jim, Altadena, CA

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#7 posted 05-29-2015 06:50 PM

Here you go. Bigger bandsaw with more power than the Laguna you looked at. Since the bandsaw is the most important part for resawing, that’s where you should drop some money and get a good one. $1775 $650. I have it and it’s by far the best of the “portable” planers.

That leaves you $575 for a dust collector and jointer blades which should be enough.

-- The quality of one's woodworking is directly related to the amount of flannel worn.

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#8 posted 05-29-2015 06:56 PM

jmartel—thanks. I think you nailed it. Do you have any experience with the Grizzly band saws? Any thoughts re: overall quality, customer service, replacement parts, etc.??

-- Jim, Altadena, CA

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#9 posted 05-29-2015 06:59 PM

I’ve got the G0555 which is their small 14” Delta clone with a riser block to get me 12” of resaw. I’ve also got the G0771 Tablesaw. No complaints from me on either one. I’m pretty happy with them. Both of them have crappy fences, but it is what it is. The one I linked to has a much nicer fence and a lot better features. I bought mine in person at the Bellingham warehouse, but the customer service was great both times. They seem to have a large amount of parts available, and that particular saw is pretty popular from what I gather.

It gets you 12” resaw, 3hp, and 18+” of throat capacity. Perfect for you cutting up logs. Only thing better would be more than 12” of resaw capacity.

-- The quality of one's woodworking is directly related to the amount of flannel worn.

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#10 posted 05-29-2015 07:03 PM

Jmartel—thanks! That one is going on the list!

-- Jim, Altadena, CA

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#11 posted 05-29-2015 08:35 PM

Cleaner planer, then a dovetail jig.

-- Willie, Washington "If You Choose Not To Decide, You Still Have Made a Choice" - Rush

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#12 posted 05-29-2015 11:20 PM

pinto deluxe—100% on the planer (I’m thinking the DeWalt 735X). I’ve got an OK dovetail jig for now—don’t use it much for what I do most of.

-- Jim, Altadena, CA

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#13 posted 05-30-2015 10:17 AM

18” bandsaw will resaw just about anything you want.

15” stationary planer will be a good step up.

8” jointer (and when you get one, you’ll want a 12” ;-)

Spiral heads on the planer and jointer if you can swing it.

I use my drum sander more and more, especially surfacing thin stock.

As far as DC, stepping up to a 2HP unit would be a start.

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#14 posted 05-30-2015 10:52 AM

I’d say get a bigger bandsaw you can find decent ones on craigslist if you take your time to hunt down the right one.

-- tools are only as good as the hands that hold them

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#15 posted 05-30-2015 05:16 PM

Thanks for your input, guys. I’ve decided on :
Grizzly 19” band saw
DeEWalt 735X “portable” planer (I’ve already got a permanent table to mount it on)
Drum sander—haven’t decided which one yet, but a 12” should be plenty.
Upgrades to my DC system.
This will undoubtedly bust the budget, but I’ll cross that bridger when I come to it.
Thanks again for all your help.

-- Jim, Altadena, CA

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