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Forum topic by NoSpace posted 08-29-2015 06:43 PM 641 views 0 times favorited 1 reply Add to Favorites Watch
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08-29-2015 06:43 PM


I’ve had a couple of bandsaw posts here and got great feedback and so this is kind of a continuation of those conversations. I have a 10” craftsman that I use primarily for resaw (highland woodslicer), but it’s becoming apparent that (thanks to Mr. Huxley and others) that some real limitations are beam strength to support a longer-lasting blade than the thin woodslicer, and also short blade length.

My issue is space, but resawing, now that I have my planer dialed in, is becoming the core operation to my shop. I will remove and rebuild a cabinet to accommodate a bigger band saw. So vertical height and depth problem is solved. the main problem: width. between the table jutting out to left and motor jutting out to right, some of these take up some space. Plus, the saw will need to be mobile so I simply pull it out, use, push back into its space.

The sure fire solution: get a 14” stand-mount saw, toss the stand away, mount to plywood on casters (like my craftsman) and then I’d build the cabinet to the left up to the table at one spot, and higher, more to the left to the neck, and the motor is low enough to slide under the lower part of new cabinet build. Interestingly, given that the motor is inside the cabinet, the Powermatic 14” for 1200$ would be easier to accommodate than some, if I can put it on wheels. haven’t seen others in that style. for 6” of resaw though…

I suppose the 3 saws I’m looking at most seriously:

Laguna 14-12: awesome saw, but it would seem a crime to not that one on its stand given I can get it with wheels and it’s such a work of art. Heavy. It’s overall a little big and going to be a little more space sacrifice than I can afford.

The Grizzly G550: Looks like footprint similar to the jet 140 I see at rockler but slightly better value. Will probably do everything I need.

Rikon 321: forgettable stand I have no problem throwing in trash. cheap. 8” of resaw depth out of the box, and I’m pretty sure that’s enough for me. 6” is borderline, and not sure I want to go riser-block route. weight is more manageable than Laguna and less space sacrifice. 1 HP motor/9A is low enough power I can still hook up to my Fein Turbo1 to use auto-turn on and off. Will this unit have the beam strength to tension some good blades? Any other concerns? any other recommendations based on my explanation?


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#1 posted 08-29-2015 07:13 PM

Not sure if you want to consider the extra $$$, but I have had a Rikon 325 for about 2 years now and have no complaints other than the worthless light is came equipped with (I took mine off). It easily handles everything I put on it and resaws with dead accuracy. If you invest in a Woodslicer blade from Highland Woodworking it is even better.

The closed stand it includes gives you storage space for extra blades, etc. and is worth having.

I regularly cut thick bowl blanks up to 12” thick from green wood using a 3 TPI blade and it goes through it like it was balsa wood.

Hope this helps.


-- Once in awhile I make something really great. Most days I just make sawdust.

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