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12-29-2009 04:57 AM

So my birthday is coming along on January 20th and my wife wants to get me whatever I need for my shop. Originally it was going to be a surprise but I knew what she wanted to get me which was the Ridgid BS1400 band saw. I need a new band saw and that is what I’ve been eyeballing in my range but then I also want to get the new Dewalt DW735 planer because my planer is slowly failing me. I’m in a ditch here because I don’t use the band saw too much and I use a planer like crazy but like I said I have a current planer (slowly going out) but no band saw so how do I figure this one out? What’s your opinion?

-- M.K.

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#1 posted 12-29-2009 05:04 AM

I never use our band saw, I will grab the DW jigsaw way before I use our bandsaw. But the reason is more likely because we own the Hitatchi 10” bandsaw benchtop, good price on it for 90.00 on sale. My good friend once said that ‘if you have a good quality tool you will look for ways to use it, if it is of poor quality then you might just avoid using it.’

So I guess while I feel the planer may be more usefull for what we do a lot of and that would be my choice, I do know a good quality band saw would be a nice addition to most shops.

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#2 posted 12-29-2009 05:10 AM

Dewalt DW735 planer my choice Mark, band saw can wait it is not something that is used often.

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#3 posted 12-29-2009 05:23 AM

ya thats what i was thinking so far thx for the opinions

2 / nil

-- M.K.

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#4 posted 12-29-2009 05:39 AM

Just imagine having to build anything and you’re given the choice of only a bandsaw or only a planer. The bandsaw wins hands down. Heck it can even suffice as a planer fo up to 6” wide boards!

-- "The way to make a small fortune in woodworking- start with a large one"

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#5 posted 12-29-2009 05:43 AM

Get the one you will use the most!

-- Matt Garcia Wannabe Period Furniture Maker, Houston TX

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#6 posted 12-29-2009 06:05 AM

How about shopping for used equipment and get both

-- Custom furniture

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#7 posted 12-29-2009 06:18 AM

I’d ask for a 12” jointer. 8^)

-- Only the Shadow knows....................

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#8 posted 12-29-2009 06:22 AM

Bandsaw. I think once you get into woodworking and the projects start stacking up you will find that you use the bandsaw more often then you’d think. I use mine constantly. Just being able to make my own veneers is enough to get me to need my bandsaw, let alone everything else I can do. I typically purchase diminsioned lumber so I don’t need to use the planer that often. Maybe to plane saw marks off of my frame stock or parallel a panel I’ve ran over the jointer now and then. I don’t know. I guess I like both. LOL. But I love my bandsaw.

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#9 posted 12-29-2009 06:37 AM

Let her buy you one and you buy the other. Problem solved.

Glad I could help.

I use a band saw all the time.. I resaw instead of planing wood to chips. If I have a 1” board and I want 3.4 then I’ll resaw 1/8 off and salvage some wood for other uses.

-- I've been blessed with a father who liked to tinker in wood, and a wife who lets me tinker in wood. Southern Delaware soon moving to Virginia †

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#10 posted 12-29-2009 06:50 AM

I am with Miles 125, band saw hans down

-- Tom From Winnipeg

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#11 posted 12-29-2009 07:03 AM

ouch this is getting hard…lol…band saw would be nice

-- M.K.

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#12 posted 12-29-2009 01:32 PM

Mark take the bandsaw, fix up your planer. I use my bandsaw all of the time bandsaw. Ripping rough cut wide boards so they’ll fit my jointer, trimming work before heading to the router for flush trimming, resawing. It’s a very useful piece of shop equipment.

-- Wood Chuck (Bruce)

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#13 posted 12-29-2009 01:41 PM

Mark, I have 2 bandsaws. A 9” Ryobi and 14” Ridgid. I use the little one more that the Ridgid, but I use my planer more than the 2 combined saws. Remember, a planer will save you money on buying finished lumber. each board you plane, throw a couple quarters into a coffee can. Use that to buy a bandsaw.

-- Carpenter assembles with hands, Designer builds with brains, Artist creates with heart!

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#14 posted 12-29-2009 05:41 PM

i like that theory papadan…thats another thing too is all the wood i buy is rough cut just because its cheaper and i’ll plane it at home…anything to save a buck

and woodchuck you got me hugging the bandsaw because i do alot of that type of work too just differrently. and i am heading to leevalley on the 7th to get more blades for my planer so i’ll hear a few more and i’ll let everyone know.

-- M.K.

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#15 posted 12-29-2009 06:02 PM

Happy future birthday, Take the bandsaw, you still have a planer, when it dies, then you have to buy a new one, because it basically pays for itself. I like the idea of buying used and just getting them both now, but you may have to retune them, and bring them back to useable life.
I am geussing, that the surgery went well, and you are back up and running. That is great, and we are all glad to hear that.

-- Even a broken clock is right twice a day, unless, it moves at half speed like ....-As the Saw Turns

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