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Forum topic by Holbs posted 11-06-2015 02:06 AM 687 views 0 times favorited 12 replies Add to Favorites Watch
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11-06-2015 02:06 AM

Grob Bandsaw coming up in a local auction. Should I dare? :) Probably 3 phase… and taller than my garage ceiling, and looks to be 1,000 lbs, also is considered a metal cutting bandsaw, not wood cutting. But I can only assume this surely will not go for $50 :) Do not even know if metal cutting bandsaw is compatible in a wood shop.

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#1 posted 11-06-2015 02:11 AM

Looks like wayyyyy to much hassle, unless you have a huge shop and a forklift.

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#2 posted 11-06-2015 02:52 AM

I like a lot of the old metal bandsaws because there is so much throat depth to be able to do cut curves in large panels but the difference between a metal bandsaw and a wood one is the speed.

Metal saws run much slower. If it has a way to speed up the blade, then it could work for wood but if it’s a single speed, then it’ll be too slow for woodwork.

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#3 posted 11-06-2015 06:12 AM

Even if the price is right, you are tiring to make a silk purse out a sows ear!!!

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#4 posted 11-06-2015 04:09 PM

For a smaller saw, a metal bandsaw can be as versatile as a wood saw. With a saw that large, you give up the advantages a large wood bandsaw has.
Some differences are:
1. As mentioned, metal saws usually run at slower speeds.
2. A large wood saw can usually spin a wide blade, perfect for re-sawing. Metal saws usually can’t do that.
3. Dust collection. The large metal saws are geared towards oily metal particle containment, forget dust!

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#5 posted 11-07-2015 12:17 AM

If you could actually buy it for $50, you could haul it out of there and get more $$ for it at most ANY scrap yard! :-)

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#6 posted 11-07-2015 12:40 AM

Forget bandsaw boxes; you could make a bandsaw dresser on that! And bandsaw kitchen cabinets and cupboards, too!

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#7 posted 11-07-2015 01:20 AM

Ah. Ok.. a no go then. Was un-aware metal cutting bandsaws run at slow speeds. And the dust collection of metal bandsaw vs wood working bandsaw makes sense too. Oh well. I always keep an eye out of monster machines (as compared to desktop models). I currently have a Taiwan early 2000’ish clone of a 14” bandsaw (aptly named American Machine & Tools, made it Taiwan).

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#8 posted 11-07-2015 01:34 AM

Scrap steal is .75 cents a pound right now, so unless you get it for less than $75 and can move it for free and get free gasoline and your time is valued at nothing I would pass on it. You can slow down a three phase wood saw to cut metal but it’s not quite as simple the other way around.

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#9 posted 11-07-2015 01:37 AM

I only have a dodge ram 1500. Doubt that would even carry this behemoth. I’ll pass. But if it were a 20” wood cutting bandsaw from Jet or Grizzly or such… different story.

-- Yes, my profile picture is of a Carpenter Bee! The name is derived from the Ancient Greek "wood-cutter"

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#10 posted 11-08-2015 03:34 AM

Where are u located?!? What auction?? I would love the hell out of that band-saw! I Am looking for one right now and was considering building my own. It is usually not hard to change around the speeds by changing v-belts if u know what doing, really not hard. Is a monster, but I could use that for ether wood or metal. Lots of good ideas on pintrest for adding dust collectors to just about any tool. ....And now going onto Craigslist to look for band-saws in MY area!! well, that’s my night booked…. and most of tomorrow…

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#11 posted 11-08-2015 03:57 PM

You an can slap a meet cutting blade on it and have perfectly cut stake for your weekend party !

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#12 posted 11-08-2015 05:48 PM

That saw may also have a blade welder built in which is great for welding up blades. Much better than brazing. Grob saws take blades ranging from 13’-6” to 20’-2” long; pretty expensive.

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