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12-16-2015 10:19 AM

I am planing on buying a floor model bandsaw soon and I need some input on what to buy. My budget is around $1000 give or take. Any input would be appreciated. Thanks.

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#1 posted 12-16-2015 11:47 AM

If you plan to do a lot of resawing, or to cut a lot of larger pieces, a larger bandsaw would be advisable.

If not, save some money and just get a 14” model.

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#2 posted 12-16-2015 11:59 AM

I think the one bandsaw to start with is a 14” although, I will qualify by saying you will never regret going to with more power if resawing is important to you. But, you can certainly resaw on a 3/4 HP machine with the right blade.

Personally I have a Rikon 17” 2HP and a Jet 12”. For me a larger saw is a little tedious using a 1/4” blade. I picked up the Jet for a song just to keep a narrow blade for thin or curvy cuts. Plus the convenience of not having to change blades so much.

A friend of mine has a Laguna and really likes it but that will top your budget.

There’s a ton of reviews out there. The Grizzly and Rikon seem to get consistently high ranks, IIRC so I don’t think you could go too wrong with either one. Plus you’ll have a little wiggle room in your budget for blades—or some other tools—never a bad thing, right?

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#3 posted 12-16-2015 12:13 PM

I don’t know the usa prices but take a look at minimax a SCM company who is selling the Centauro saw in the us under the minimax brand.


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#4 posted 12-16-2015 03:53 PM

Thanks for the replies. My eventual goal is to get into turning and it seems like a bandsaw is a good piece of equipment to have for this and other things. I’d like to buy only once if I can work it that way so it seems like bigger is better within my budget. I’m not sure that I understand what resawing is if someone could explain. Thanks.

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#5 posted 12-16-2015 05:03 PM

I’d say get the most you can for your budget, while getting quality :)

If you looking for a 14” BS, I’m a fan of the Grizzly G0555-series. The G0555X is more stout than the other versions, but also $220 more. It has much more cast parts versus aluminum.

The G0555LX & G0555LANV are the same unit with different paint. – Cast iron Wheels – 1HP

The G0555 & G0555P are the same unit with different paint. – Cast Aluminum Wheels – 1HP

Personally I’d stay away from the G0580 as has a 3/4 HP motor, and overall appears its not but as well using more lightweight aluminum parts.

While I’m no expert, I’ve looked over ALL grizzly BS’s many times as I’m in their showroom at least 2-3 times per month. I personally own the G0555 as I purchased it like-new from craigslist for $350.

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#6 posted 12-17-2015 05:10 AM

Resawing is making a board thinner by sawing it with the board held vertically. It may be to get a board at or near the right thickness (prior to planing or sanding), or making one board into two (or more), or cutting a series of thin veneers. Bandsaws are favored for this because they can handle wider boards (6” for a 14” saw, or 12” with a riser block), and because they make a very thin kerf, which means less waste.

Resawing is quite a topic in itself. There are many LJ threads that deal with it in detail. Just enter “resaw” into the topic window.

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#7 posted 12-17-2015 05:45 AM

I dont kow where you are located or your time frame, but watch Craig’s List you may find what or more then you need in your budget used.

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#8 posted 12-19-2015 01:42 AM


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#9 posted 12-19-2015 01:48 AM

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#10 posted 12-19-2015 06:11 AM

Find a bandsaw with square guide blocks instead of bearing guides. You’ll get better results.

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#11 posted 12-19-2015 12:46 PM

My vote goes for the bandsaw I researched for months, then pulled the trigger. Never looked back.
The Grizzly G0513X2BF
With the cast iron wheels, it takes forever for them to stop. A mechanical foot brake gets old quick. The electric clutch brake on the X2BF stops the blade in under three seconds, and doesn’t seem to put any undue stress on the blade or wheels. Once you’ve used this saw with plenty of horsepower, cast iron weight in the cut, and the fast stopping power of the brake, you will be sold. The other thing is the table is generous.

I’ve had mine for almost three years, and so far, the only thing I had to replace has been the tires on the wheels, which were due anyway. The brake on the motor shows absolutely no signs of wear, never adjusted it. The bearings on the guides I do have to clean them and spray some penetrating oil into them occasionally. So far, they are holding up fine.

Blade changes are not that big a deal if you just take off the bottom door before you start. Makes it a lot easier.
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#12 posted 12-19-2015 01:57 PM

Thanks for the input. So far I’ve got it narrowed down to three saws. The Jet jwbs-14dxpro, the Rikon 10-325, and the Laguna 14-12. Any thoughts?

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#13 posted 12-19-2015 03:51 PM

I just bought the Laguna 14-12 and it works quite well. The only complaint I have with it so far is I need to make a zero clearance insert. I was cutting some tenons the other day and a few of the small pieces fell through the opening. I also didn’t like the rolling base or the light. I put Rocklers all terrain mobile base on mine and it is great and looks like it was designed for the saw. Lagunas mobile base with three wheels is a little tippy. I also put Rocklers magnetic base light on it. $47.99 vs almost $100 for the Laguna one and where Laguna mounts theirs I banged my head on it in the showroom.

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