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Big_T

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06-23-2016 03:31 AM

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Well it’s taken me a year but my 17×19, 2-car garage shop needs only one more tool to be complete.

Yeah Right !!! ... It never seems to end… LOL

Anyways, I am currently reading reviews on stationary band saws and looking for the best balance of features, durability, etc. Most reviews seem positive so that’s a good thing.

I prefer a closed base but flexible if it has great features for my budget. For example, I read Grizzly sells a $100 Heavy Duty trunion for their models and wondering if other brands already have a similar bonus perk/feature already included that make it more desirable.

BS should be 14”-17” mainly for re-sawing veneers and I may use it for metal but still not sure. Must be over 1hp and will mainly be for a hobby that I hope (with practice) turns a profit in the next couple years.

For power I have (1)115v and (1)230v/15a and (2) 230v/30a available. Though I will be using one of the 230 for a 12k BTU mini split.

Models I have read about include:

Delta 28-400

Grizzly G0513

JET JWBS-14DXPRO

JET 708115K JWBS-14CS

Rikon 10-325 / 326 Deluxe

And the ~$200 Over budget list, but is it worth it category?

Grizzly G0457 Deluxe

Powermatic 1791216K Model PWBS-14CS Deluxe

Laguna Tools MBAND1412-175

Thank you


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Tabletop

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#1 posted 06-23-2016 08:58 AM

Craigslist. You can find a rock solid saw for 75% of your budget. I picked up a 14” powermatic for 700. It’s 25 years old but will cut circles around many of the newer ones.

I have resawn 4” white oak with no problems. In my book that is pretty good. Good luck, make some saw dust and be safe.

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Woodchuck2010

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#2 posted 06-23-2016 04:21 PM

My old blue Jet has lasted 24 years now. It has been a great saw. I updated it last year with a riser block, carter guides, Kreg fence and a tension lever that makes changing blades a snap! It’s pretty much like the Jet pro now. I paid about $600 back then. I could probably sell it for that pretty easy too.

-- Chuck, Michigan,

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Woodchuck2010

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#3 posted 06-23-2016 04:45 PM

If you can wait until November, you can get the Powermatic for 15% off. If you can’t wait until then, you can get 10% off it from July 8-11th. Same with the Jet. Same company owns them. You should get one with the 12” resaw capability.

-- Chuck, Michigan,

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CyberDyneSystems

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#4 posted 06-23-2016 05:08 PM

I was going to recommend the Rikon 10-345 18” which we’ve had in the shop for about 8 years now, but looking on line it’s about $700.00 more than what we paid for it back then, so $700.00 over your budget of $1K

-- Without the wood, it's just working

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#5 posted 06-23-2016 08:44 PM



If you can wait until November, you can get the Powermatic for 15% off. If you can t wait until then, you can get 10% off it from July 8-11th. Same with the Jet. Same company owns them. You should get one with the 12” resaw capability.

- Woodchuck2010

Sales are always appreciated so I will wait until the JET goes on sale. Maybe the others will also have a 4th of July promo. November is a problem since I need time to play with our new toy, so we can make and market some ideas this Christmas. We mainly sell on Etsy and Amazon, and hope this bandsaw expands the business in the right direction. I was also looking at the Excalibur scroll saw, but I hope this can do double duty in the same amount of floor space. It is getting tight in here and the family SUV sleeps in here too.

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Woodchuck2010

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#6 posted 06-23-2016 10:26 PM

I need to correct myself. Woodcraft is the company advertising the sale. I’m not sure if other companies are. Usually it works that way, but I’m not sure. It doesn’t say that Jet is on sale either. Really weird. They almost always go on sale together. I’d call Woodcraft and see if Jet will be on sale too. Sorry. The Powermatic is almost identical. It just has a couple more bells and whistles on it.

-- Chuck, Michigan,

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#7 posted 06-23-2016 10:49 PM

Craigslist. You can find a rock solid saw for 75% of your budget.
- Tabletop

+1 on CL. Twice the machine for half (or less) the price.

It’s pretty much like the Jet pro now. I paid about $600 back then. I could probably sell it for that pretty easy too.
- Woodchuck2010

Not around here… maybe half that. I spent less than $150 (original price of $85 + paint, tires, belt and misc. parts) to wind up with a fully restored, better than new US made Delta 14”.

Cheers,
Brad

-- Brad in FL - To be old and wise, you must first be young and stupid

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#8 posted 06-23-2016 10:55 PM

Check Highland Woodworking. They have the 18” Rikon on sale for 999$ and they have the 14” on sale too

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runswithscissors

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#9 posted 06-24-2016 02:52 AM

I believe Grizzly’s anniversary edition 17” is on sale now. I’m not crazy about pictures of bears on my machinery, but it’s like their other 17 inchers, which have been favorably reviewed by LJs in the past.

I have an older Grizzly 18” that I use for most wood cutting, but I also have a Grizzly 14” that I converted to metal cutting when I bought it. Simple jack shaft with step pulleys to lower blade speed to about 300-400 fpms. I cut mild steel, bronze, even stainless with it. Aluminum is better with a wood cutting saw. I do make short cuts in wood with the metal saw, but it’s very slow for that.

-- I admit to being an adrenaline junky; fortunately, I'm very easily frightened

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Woodchuck2010

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#10 posted 06-24-2016 02:02 PM


Craigslist. You can find a rock solid saw for 75% of your budget.
- Tabletop

+1 on CL. Twice the machine for half (or less) the price.

It’s pretty much like the Jet pro now. I paid about $600 back then. I could probably sell it for that pretty easy too.
- Woodchuck2010

Not around here… maybe half that. I spent less than $150 (original price of $85 + paint, tires, belt and misc. parts) to wind up with a fully restored, better than new US made Delta 14”.

Cheers,
Brad

- MrUnix

Bought my Jet contractors table saw new for $500. Sold it for $400, 23 years later.

-- Chuck, Michigan,

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ste6168

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#11 posted 06-24-2016 02:22 PM

I have the Rikon 10-325, bought it used for half-price with a bunch of blades (~10, some brand new) as well some other goodies. It has been a great saw, and I would buy that deal again.

That said, if I were buying NEW, I would’ve got the Grizzly 17”

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Mark Shymanski

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#12 posted 06-24-2016 02:32 PM

I like the cast iron wheels on my Rikon and would look for that on any future bandsaw I would buy. I am not too keen on the lightweight aluminum ones in the new Asian made models. I think this is where the older machinery really has the advantage as the parts were made much more solidly, built for a purpose not a price point.

-- "Checking for square? What madness is this! The cabinet is square because I will it to be so!" Jeremy Greiner LJ Topic#20953 2011 Feb 2

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UpstateNYdude

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#13 posted 06-24-2016 05:27 PM

Just throwing it out but a friend of mine has the Laguna 1412 I used it a few times at his shop and it cuts like a dream, it was one of the reasons I bought the bigger brother to it my 14bx but obviously a little slower because of the HP, but still a terrific saw.

I also had Grizzly’s G0514×2B which was also a great saw and cut everything I asked it to, but there is just something about Grizzly’s stuff I dislike, the fit and finish of the machine is severely lacking and their QC sucks something fierce although their customer support is one of the best I’ve ever dealt with.

-- Nick, "Choking to death on bacon is like getting murdered by your lover." - JG

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kizerpea

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#14 posted 06-26-2016 10:48 AM

American bandsaw 118 years old runs like a top 1000 invested… Found it on Craigslist. The rebuild is in my projects.

-- IF YOUR NOT MAKING DUST...YOU ARE COLLECTING IT! SOUTH CAROLINA.

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Tennwood

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#15 posted 06-26-2016 11:40 AM

I love my Laguna 1412. They often go on sale for 10% off and I got it when Rockler was also dong a free delivery promo. Get the mobility kit. It will knock you over the $1000 limit, but worth it.

-- Jim, SE Tennessee, "Don't spare the kindling Dear, we have plenty"

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