I want to add a bandsaw to my “bag of tools” to supplement
the Hegner scrollsaw for curve cutting in larger pieces as well
as resaw/veneer cutting.
I have no experience in projects which
would make good use of the bandsaw in resawing/veneer and cutting curves,
so I wanted to double check with those that have experience so I don’t
buy something which I will quickly “outgrow” :
Regarding curve cutting:
(a)in the specs I see min blade width for saws whose wheel diameter is < 500mm
usually approx. 6mm is specified and for those with >500mm, 10mm is specified
(except saws like Jet -I think I’ve seen 3mm is min). I know the width of blade affects
minimum radius of turning, but would 10mm be OK if I went for the larger saw?
(b)Ideally infinite height of cut would be nice;), but what would be a
min you wouldn’t go under and max you wouldn’t go over ?
I have no experience with veneer and can only think of things like furniture/cabinetry parts
where you could use resawn/straight grained/stable wood of whatever width (height of cut)you could
get/but what would be a reasonable “quality” height of cut to look for from a bandsaw?
I’m in Croatia, so I don’t have access to all the saws mentioned here (nor the nice prices)
but have possibility of getting hold of Jet, Hammer 4400, Felder, Centauro, Agazzani, Bini and Socomec,
with Jet and Hammer being the “light class” and others with dual quality guides
and heavier construction.
-- Vjeko Balas - Croatia