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Forum topic by MitchBigglesworth posted 10-18-2015 12:50 AM 646 views 0 times favorited 12 replies Add to Favorites Watch
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10-18-2015 12:50 AM

Looking to purchase my first bandsaw, as I continue to flesh out my work shop. Looking for a quality machine, but not really interested in spending more than $1,000 or so. Your recommendations are appreciated!

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#1 posted 10-18-2015 01:02 AM

Take a look at the Rikon 10-325. The price in in your budget. I own one and it has served me well. I just splurged on the Carter bearings, which arguably pushed me up into the next price range, but many on LJ have had great success without upgrading.

Other than that, you could luck out on a 2nd hand cast iron behemoth…

Remember when thinking of your budget that most stock blades are garbage, so you’ll need a bit of $ for a good blade.

Happy hunting.

-- No, I don't want to buy the pink hammer.

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#2 posted 10-18-2015 01:04 AM

Thanks, Sandra! I will check it out. My space is limited (and below grade) so the cast iron behemoth’s aren’t as attractive, lol.

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#3 posted 10-18-2015 01:14 AM

Hi there. I have a Jet 16” that I’ve had for about 10 years or so and am very happy with it. It’s a pretty stout floor model with decent locking casters. I’ve cut loads of wood with it and am glad I went with that one instead of one of the smaller table top saws.

Hope this helps.


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#4 posted 10-18-2015 01:17 AM

Ditto to Sandra… I’ve had mine for about 2 years, very happy.

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#5 posted 10-18-2015 01:20 AM

Get the most basic bandsaw you can find. Deluxe models usually have roller bearings for the blade guides and they are terrible. Ordinary guide blocks are much less trouble in the long run. Blocks don’t seize and squeal and they aren’t affected by sawdust.

Blades don’t have to be costly. I use standard high carbon Starrett or Morse blades and they cost less than $20 per blade. Find a company that does a good weld job otherwise you may as well stick to cheap blades from Menards.

-- See my work at and

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#6 posted 10-18-2015 02:36 AM

I’m with Sandra also, I have had my 10-325 for nearly ten years and it still continues to amaze me as it peels paper off a ten inch wide maple board during a resaw.

-- Learn Relentlessly

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#7 posted 10-18-2015 03:01 AM

Love my Grizzly G0513X2. Resaw up to 12”, and today I did that max. for the first time. Handled it better than I imagined.

Whatever you get, you’ll be glad you got it. Best power tool I’ve ever owned.

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#8 posted 10-19-2015 01:28 PM

Can’t go wrong with a Delta 14”.
Look for one on Craigslist.

As far as which one, research them and read every review you can find.
What you’ll mostly get here are “one-man-one-machine” reviews.
I think you’ll find they are all pretty close bandsaws are not complicated machines.

My advice: No stamped metal stuff. The more cast iron, the better.

-- Everything is a prototype thats why its one of a kind!!

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#9 posted 10-19-2015 02:37 PM

If you want to go really nuts keep an eye out for an old Walker Turner. Everything on it’s cast, nothing on them is stamped out. Even the doors are cast aluminum.

-- Trust me I'm an engineer.

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#10 posted 10-19-2015 03:02 PM

The bandsaw depends on what you are going to do with it.

Like ColonelTravis I do a lot of resawing so I need a wide blade to minimize blade deflection and rough surface. Plus I need the added height to resaw wide boards. I also have the Grizzly G0513X2 and love it. This is a 220V only bandsaw so you will need 220V to use it. It came with roller blade guides and a lever tensioning system (for some saws these are add-ons).

You can get away with a 14 inch bandsaw if you want to do boxes, etc.

-- "I love it when a plan comes together" John "Hannibal" Smith

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#11 posted 10-19-2015 03:06 PM

If space is limited and for a great price the General International Model #90-030 is a great saw that will handle a 1/2 ” blade. The wheel size is 10” and it comes with a stand. The whole saw is 15 1/2×12 1/2 and will give you everything you need for under $500. I purchased this saw at Woodcraft and was recommended over the Rikon. Features like full adjust on the blades and a tension release.

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#12 posted 10-20-2015 12:25 AM

GO513X2 here as well. I have been very pleased with it but you can get by with less saw if resawing wide stock is not in your plans.

-- " I'll try to be nicer, if you'll try to be smarter" gfadvm

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