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Forum topic by hokieman posted 01-31-2010 07:12 PM 9373 views 0 times favorited 11 replies Add to Favorites Watch
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01-31-2010 07:12 PM

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I am considering a new bandsaw. 12 or 14 inch with good re-saw capacity. Does anyone know if there are any band saws manufactured in America?


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#1 posted 01-31-2010 07:25 PM

No, But check out the Rikon 14” Deluxe Bandsaw, it has 13” resaw capacity

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#2 posted 01-31-2010 07:32 PM

I’m unsure of a new one that is made in the USA. Stay away from 12” bandsaws if you want resaw capability. Look at craigslist for a good used old delta if you want american iron, then get a riser block kit and a larger motor. Then you’ll get 12” resaw capabilities and have the power to back it up. I just saw an old oliver 36” bandsaw on craigslist for under $1000. Now that saw will outlast us and then some!

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#3 posted 01-31-2010 07:43 PM

If you are planning to do resawing, you need to find a bandsaw that not only has a lot of power, but a fence that can be easily set to compensate for the blade drift. This alone seperated a lot of bandsaws in “also rans”.

As boards get wider than 6” resawing becomes more difficult, requiring higher fences and stacked finger boards.

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#4 posted 02-01-2010 06:58 AM

Shopsmith still makes one.

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#5 posted 02-09-2010 09:54 PM

The trick part is American made most power equipment is made in places like Taiwan ,India, China, and if not made totally there many of the parts come from those places.

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#6 posted 02-09-2010 10:11 PM

Good luck … I doubt any of the current crop are made in the USA. To find a saw made in the US, the best bet would be to scour Craigslist, etc. looking for older Delta or Rockwell bandsaws.

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#7 posted 02-09-2010 10:18 PM

I thought Mini Max was made in USA still

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#8 posted 02-09-2010 10:28 PM

Dunno … does Mini Max even make a 14” bandsaw? I thought they only did 16” and larger.

-- Gerry -- "I don't plan to ever really grow up ... I'm just going to learn how to act in public!"

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#9 posted 02-09-2010 10:33 PM

Buy a Northfield, USA made. but they start at 20”.
Will probably handle everything you ever need it to do though.
Otherwise , nothing new and american comes to mind.

-- Junior -Quality is never an accident-it is the reward for the effort involved.

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#10 posted 02-09-2010 10:42 PM

You could “settle” for a General bandsaw made in Canada

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#11 posted 02-09-2010 11:13 PM

Ed—Good idea … that is General, as opposed to General International.

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