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hokieman

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1635 days ago

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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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zwwizard

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#1 posted 1635 days ago

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

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#2 posted 1635 days ago

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!

-- Julian, Park Forest, IL

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8iowa

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#3 posted 1635 days ago

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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Paul M Cohen

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#4 posted 1634 days ago

Shopsmith still makes one.

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a1Jim

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#5 posted 1626 days ago

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 1626 days ago

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.

-- 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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FMG

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#7 posted 1626 days ago

I thought Mini Max was made in USA still

-- FMG- Woodworking is 90% mental the other half is physical

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TheDane

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#8 posted 1626 days ago

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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JuniorJoiner

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#9 posted 1626 days ago

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 1626 days ago

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

-- Ed

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TheDane

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#11 posted 1626 days ago

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

-- 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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