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Forum topic by BOB67CAM posted 04-08-2010 07:26 PM 5407 views 0 times favorited 9 replies Add to Favorites Watch
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BOB67CAM

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04-08-2010 07:26 PM

Topic tags/keywords: bandsaw question tip resource resawing

ok so ive been searching for a bandsaw like mad for about the past month and its been few and far between but i did finally hit “tried and true tools” yesterday its basicly a quality tools garage sale or consignment type store, sorry no website tho.
anyways basicly im looking to do some resawing mainly so from what ive gathered is i have up to 600 give or take to spend so my main points are:
needs to resaw
needs a 6 inch extension (without it i can resaw and waste wood on the table saw)..just probly not the safest way
and obviously id like reliability to be factored in

i found 2 options there yesterday option 1 was a delta/rockwell 14 inch and a 1/2 hp motor with extension for 500 however theres no fence with it, this is i think the better option..
so id have to probly blow 100 bux extra on a fence which maybe good to get a decent 1..

option 2 was a new “shop fox” for 560 which is this guy http://www.woodstockint.com/Products/42000000/W1706/
and ive never heard of shop fox till now and they dont look like a cheapy chinese thing too much but its hard for me to say not knowing of them
and with the shop fox id also have to buy the 6 inch extension so the bill would be about 640 before tax
so if anyone can offer me some experiance it would be greatly appreciated
o and the shopfox has a 2 year warranty, altho im not sure exactly what that means, if u have to ship it to and back from china for them to honor it or whatever..lol

-- if you dont have it, build it, especially when its a stupid idea


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Dave Owen

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#1 posted 04-08-2010 07:45 PM

I’ve seen several places that had new Steel City band saws on sale in the general price range you’re talking about (perhaps a little more). I don’t know anything about that line except when I’ve seen them at the woodworking shows I’ve been impressed with the way they’re built. You might try checking them out on the Internet. I have a Delta 14” with a riser block that works great for re-sawing – but it has a 1 HP motor.

-- Dave O.

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BOB67CAM

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#2 posted 04-08-2010 07:59 PM

ok i checked on those http://www.woodcraft.com/Catalog/ProductPage.aspx?prodid=25654&ss=363a3e8e-e1d9-41f6-b01b-24229fdec74b it loks like they discoed the steel table for the granite table, not sure how much the price is effected but its 699 then 75 bux added for shipping, altho i could go get it but woodcraft is an hour away from me and id still need the extension and blade and stuff but thats about the upper limit of my budget, so if i needed to get a new fence id be over budget, which normally i dont seem to mind shelling out a bit extra but im buying a buddys tablesaw next week too so im kinda pickled..lol

-- if you dont have it, build it, especially when its a stupid idea

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MedicKen

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#3 posted 04-08-2010 08:33 PM

I have an older Delta/Rockwell that I restored and upgraded. I picked the saw up for $100 off CL and did remove the factory 1/2hp motor in favor of a 1HP Baldor of the same vintage. I do not have the riser block and may or may not put one on. I must say that with the extra HP and a nice sharp 1/2” Timberwolf 3tpi blade I have been able to resaw oak, walnut and mahogany without any issues. I did also out a full set of Carter guides on and the total cost for a complete teardown, paint and restore was in the neighborhood of $500. I am very happy with the saw and if I had to do it over I dont think I would change a thing. But, if I wanted a new saw, I think I would look at Grizzly. The 0555X with riser may just come in around the $600 figure you were mentioning.

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TwistedRedneck

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#4 posted 04-09-2010 02:24 PM

Not an expert on band saws myself. Do wish I had one but from looking at the website it appears that this is an American made machine or at least based in America. I see their corporate office is in Bellingham, WA with two distribution centers located in the mid and east of the US.

THeir are a number of folks here that have reviews on the Shop Fox brand product and from what I gather, these are the same machines or some of the same machines that Grizzly sells. http://lumberjocks.com/reviews/brand/102

If I have a choice, as an American, I like to buy American.

This was based on a 5 second search. Should be able to find out more information with a little more research.

-- Nails are better wood fasteners than screws, if both are applied using a hammer.

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BOB67CAM

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#5 posted 04-09-2010 06:50 PM

ok i had a grizzly catalog i had forgotten about and checked it out and for what id want id come in just under 650 for the “ultimate” bandsaw with shipping,
which got me all sorts of excited untill i started looking for a non-shipped route, to which they offer none for me in minnesota, it seems they have 3 dealers which are their own warehouses and thats it, not that shipping is so horrible when its under 100 bux but i have cash and for me to get it id have to stick it in the bank then wait for it to “be in the bank” and then order and so on….
something that has always been a peave of mine is paying for stuff, then waiting for it to come and hoping its all there and in good shape..cash used to be king…
anyways ive been thinking heavily on the grizzly, but i just cant seem to get around the “rigaqmarole”
i am thinking im gonna go look again at the shop fox and see if i can spot any bad engineering type stuff, i think i have succumbed to getting a new 1 at this point, which is seldom what a cheapass like me does but with the 2 year warranty and the fact that it technically should need no work or parts, other then the 6 inch riser, it almost makes me feel lazy..lol
and from looking at the saws im really getting the feeling that theyre like lawn tractors where theres 3-5 manufacturers and the tractor is just painted 25 different ways for each seller and given its perspective nameplate and if thats the case i really shouldnt have too much of an issue

-- if you dont have it, build it, especially when its a stupid idea

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TwistedRedneck

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#6 posted 04-09-2010 09:26 PM

Well, I just recieved an email ad from Grizzly after I posted this and would’nt you know it, it was for a Shop Fox item. At the very least, you might be able to get some more info about it from Grizzly’s web. I have not looked to see if they carry your model you are looking for but they might or even have some better info on the Shop Fox brand.

I agree with you, I am terrible when it comes to research and buying products. I look on the web, find what I want, but I end up going downtown to get it. I buy it, I want it now. LOL Especially a new toy for my shop.

-- Nails are better wood fasteners than screws, if both are applied using a hammer.

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BOB67CAM

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#7 posted 04-09-2010 10:45 PM

exactly!..lol, but ill check out grizzlys site n see if i can find anything about it too, thanx again everyone

-- if you dont have it, build it, especially when its a stupid idea

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tblank

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#8 posted 04-10-2010 12:48 AM

You need the horsepower for re-sawing. No way around it. Shop fox is new to me but Jet, Delta, Grizzly are all comparable. But for a lot of re-sawing it takes a bigger saw, not throat but HP. You can always make your own fences for whatever table there is.

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BOB67CAM

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#9 posted 04-10-2010 09:32 AM

ok so i searched shop fox on grizzly and a huge list came up, so i started wandering the site a bit more and and went in to the “inside grzzly” area and what i found was basicly grizzly does make thier own stuff, in china and taiwan they were technically started as an importation bussiness
however it sounds like they do good stuff but build it with cheap labor….
just thought id throw the info out there for yall

-- if you dont have it, build it, especially when its a stupid idea

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