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11-20-2009 02:46 PM

Well we just took a look at buying a tablesaw. Which bandsaw do you folks recommend? Say spend around 500.00. Will be using it for blanks for the lathe as well as other things. Any recommendations? David

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#1 posted 11-20-2009 03:12 PM

i got the 14” delta with blade release from lowes ,
for $500.00 .
it took about an hour to assemble the stand and saw/motor .

works great !
just get some timberwolf blades for it ,
the ones that come with it are toys .

-- david - only thru kindness can this world be whole . If we don't succeed we run the risk of failure. Dan Quayle

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#2 posted 11-20-2009 03:55 PM

I got the Grizzly G0555 for a little less. Its actually on sale right now for $395 so with shipping its about $465.

Setup was pretty easy. Wheels were already coplanar, I just had to adjust the angle of the top wheel. Took about an hour to install the riser and tune a nice new timberwolf 1/2” blade. It cuts like butter now and is great to work with. My favorite tool in the shop!

-- - Eric Noblesville, IN

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#3 posted 11-20-2009 03:57 PM

I have an older. 1968, delta/rockwell and it has served well after being restored. I have heard good things about the Grizzly G0555 and 0555x. I have used the Griz a little and it seemed to work well. If you are patient and watch craigslist you might get lucky and score a nice Grizzly, Jet, or other offshore gem. If you want to buy new I would suggest the Grizzly. Dont forget about Rikon, but a little over $500

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#4 posted 11-20-2009 04:04 PM

I agree with Eric_S, I also have a Grizzly Bandsaw. They are a great piece of equipment for the performance as well as for the price. But also agree with patron on the blades, the timberwolf blades are really good blades.

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#5 posted 11-20-2009 05:47 PM

I was thinking of maybe spending a little more. Maybe even 1000.00. David

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#6 posted 11-20-2009 06:22 PM

i have the craftsman pro 14 inch. it has lard cast iron wheels and roller bearing guides to and bottom. i re saw
with at least 1 a week is very smooth and accurate. down side is it is a euro. design so there is no adding a riser block if you want more than the 8 1/2 inches of vertical capacity

-- self proclaimed copycat

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#7 posted 11-20-2009 06:24 PM

The Rikon 14” Delux is a great bandsaw and are on sale right now for $600. Many LJ’s have these and love them.

-- Never board, always knotty, lots of growth rings

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#8 posted 11-20-2009 06:34 PM

Still take a look at Grizzly in your higher price range.

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#9 posted 11-20-2009 06:39 PM

If your doing turning blanks, I would make sure you get a saw with 12” depth of cut.

-- We must guard our enthusiasm as we would our life - James Krenov

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#10 posted 11-20-2009 08:05 PM

There are a number of good 14” saws out, from Rikon, Grizzly, Delta, Jet, Powermatic. Most in your price range. If you think you might be doing a lot of resawing I would consider a larger 16 to 18 inch saw and some of those are still in your price range. Grizzly has a couple of 17” saws under $1000. I just ordered their best 17” saw which is on sale for $1075 + shipping.
If you pick one of Grizzly’s saws take your time and monitor their web site for a month or two. They often put different saws on special or offer free shipping. The saw I ordered was back ordered and shortly after I placed my order it went on sale. I contacted them and they immediately adjusted my price.

What ever saw you get be sure to buy some good quality blades. That can make all the difference in how the saw preforms. Wolf bandsaw blades seem to get top rating. Grizzly carries the Wolf blades to fit their saws.

I will have a nice 14” Delta for sale in a couple of weeks but I’m clear across the country from you.

-- Les B, Oregon

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#11 posted 11-22-2009 01:29 AM

I am with LesB on this one. I prefer a saw larger than 14 inches. I have a 14 inch Craftsman Professional. I think it is built by Rikon. It is a very nice saw, but I am use to using a big Delta and a 14 inch seems a little small to me. It is however, the recommended size by many LJ’s who’s work and skill I greatly admire. Many people do everything they need with a 10 inch band saw.

I think you should consider how much you are going to use the saw and let that guide your spending.
I would spend the most on the items you will be using the most. For example I use a plainer much more than I do the band saw because of the abundance of rough sawn hardwood in our area. So I will be likely to spend more on that tool, in hopes that it will hold up under heavy use.

What ever you choose, go for quality construction. Roz

-- Terry Roswell, L.A. (Lower Alabama) "Life is what happens to you when you are making other plans."

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#12 posted 11-22-2009 02:05 AM

I bought the 14” Powermatic a year ago. It is a wonderful saw. I added the riser block and bought some good blades. Amazon has it for $1000 with free shipping.

-- “Big man, pig man, ha ha, charade you are.” ― R. Waters

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#13 posted 11-22-2009 02:57 AM

I have had a girzzly for 12 years now and still no trouble other than the pully on the motor came louse a year a go still works great I dont have a riser on mine wish I had it know Good luck Chuck

-- Chuck, wiswood2

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#14 posted 11-22-2009 05:03 PM

I bought a Jet 14” and have had it for about 6 months now. There is really only one minor thing I would change about it and that is tensioning the drive belt. Otherwise I am very happy! I believe Grizzly now makes a saw that is comparable but comes with a few more bells and whistles for the same price.

-- James -

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