|Forum topic by Kerry Drake||posted 02-17-2010 09:00 PM||2217 views||0 times favorited||7 replies|
02-17-2010 09:00 PM
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In anticipation of my upcoming tax return I am doing some research on my next tool… a 14” Bandsaw. I would appreciate any input you guys (and gals) may have on my decision process and any insights you may have with particular saws.
Currently these saws started on my list but are now out of contention:
Jet JWBS-14OS – Nothing really wrong with saw, but at 3/4 HP, aluminum wheels and $549 without a fence there is nothing real enticing about it either.
Jet JWBS-14CS – While this does have a slightly larger table than 1/2 the pack, and it is 1HP, it is 599 without a fence and that makes it one of the priciest models after you include a fence.
Rigid BS1400 – This unit does have a 13 5/8 throat which is a tad bigger than you would expect in this size bandsaw, and it was the 3rd least expensive in the group, but it is just 3/4 HP, aluminum wheels, and everything I read about it says it vibrates like a sex toy. This kind of bumbed me out as I have a Rigid Table Saw and I love it, and like brand loyalty when I can.
Delta 28-276 – The Delta tied for 2nd best in throat size at 13 3/4”, had a 6 1/4” resaw, a good size table at 16” x 16”, but also suffered from the 3/4 HP demon, and at $549 without a fence, just didn’t make the cut.
Harbor Freight 33208-2VGA – No surprise the Harbor Freight was the least expensive at $339, but also had the least amount of information. Can you add a riser block?, What are the wheels made of (at $339, I’m hoping they are Cast Aluminum, but who knows), how many Horse Power is it? Interesting to note it had the deepest Throat of anything on my list at 14”.
Powermatic PWBS-14CS – A really nice looking saw with good specs, but at $1069 it came in WAY at the top of list in price and it is outside my budget. (Sorry Marc)
The middle of the pack is next (as far as my scoring goes), and it includes a couple saws that really interest me.
Rikon 10-320 – Good throat (13 5/8”), big table (16” x 20 1/2”), 1 HP. If it came with a fence it would be right at the top of the list at $549, aluminum wheels and all. Too bad it doesn’t.
Grizzly G0580 – Standard thoat (13 1/2”), 6 1/4” Resaw, Standard Table (14” x 14”). It is only 3/4HP, but it DOES come with a fence and it is 2nd cheapest at $395.00.
Grizzly G0555 – Take the G0580 and boost it to 1 HP and make it $450.00 with a fence. Add in good reviews and I am leaning towards this saw.
Shop Fox W1706 – Everything about this saw is pretty standard, but it the first saw on the list with Cast Iron wheels. With 1 HP, good reviews, and included fence at $540 this could be a contneder.
Rikon 10-315 – WAIT A MINUTE, this is only a 12” bandsaw, what’s it doing on this list? Well, it does have only a 12” throat, but I’m really just a “serious hobbist” and that is probably enough for me. While it will not take a riser block, it will resaw up to 7 1/2” out of the box, had a huge table a 18 7/8” x 15 3/4”, uses cast iron wheels, and is a full 1 HP. It also comes with a very nice fence. List price at $699 puts it at the top of the list (Woodcraft said they could get to me for $630). My only problem here is the saw has only been on the market for like 3 months. NO reviews could I find.
By my scoring system, the next three made “top of the pack”, but then again I don’t really know what I’m doing.
Grizzly G0555X – Take the G0555, add a bigger table (20 1/2” x 14”), add another 1/2 HP (for a total of 1 1/2), and, oh yea, add $245 to the price ($695). I can’t see spending the extra money for basically a bigger table. For ME, I don’t think the extra 1/2 horse is worth it.
Steel City 50130 – A whole different beast. 13 3/4 throat (tied for 2nd biggest in the list), a mammoth 12” resaw capability (by far the most of anything in the list), a 16” x 16” granite table. It has one Cast Iron wheel and one Granite Wheel. It comes with a fence, a mobile base (the only one on the list), is 1 1/2 horsepower. At $699 its high on list when it comes to price, but packs a lot of features. Its more than I want to pay, but might be worth it.
Craftsman 22401 – This one floored me with how well it did on my ranking system. Good size throat (13 5/8”), good resaw (8”), good table (20 3/8” x 15 3/4”), cast iron wheels, included fence, 1HP motor. All for $559. This is makeing me take a second look at it.
So, what’s the communities opinion? What should I get? Do I have this dead wrong? Is there some glaring ommision from list? What do you have and love? What do you have and hate?
-- Kerry Drake, Loudon NH, http://thenickedfinger.wordpress.com/