Which first bandsaw? 10" or 14"

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08-07-2016 04:16 PM

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I’m a fairly new woodworker setting up my garage/shop to be able to build some furniture for family. So far, I have a table saw, miter saw, and bench top drill press. I’ve never used a bandsaw and recommendations seems to go two ways. Some recommend a 10” bandsaw like the Rikon 10-305 costing under $250. Others say to start with at least a 14” bandsaw like the Grizzly G055LX for around $600.

Will a 10” bandsaw likely handle most entry level projects and I could move up to 14” model when I learn more, or would it be best to get a 14” model now?

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#1 posted 08-07-2016 04:24 PM

I’d go with the 14” from the getgo. It’s about the best balance between the large and small saws (my opinion).

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#2 posted 08-07-2016 04:30 PM

10” will limit you a lot in comparison to a 14”. The 14” seems to be the sweet spot for value and function for a hobbyist. Blade choice and setup are important factors.

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#3 posted 08-07-2016 04:39 PM

My basic rule of thumb for woodworking is buy the best you can afford. Buy right and cry once. Why would you buy something that you know that you will have to replace?

-- Bob

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#4 posted 08-07-2016 05:01 PM

Dont even bother with the 10 , you will want the 14 if you buy a 10. now if it were a 10’’ vs 12’’ table saw conundrum….

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#5 posted 08-07-2016 05:31 PM

The only 10” saw I would recommend is the INCA340.

Great little saw with a nice motor.

Compared to that saw most of the 10” saws are pretty
chintzy. The standard for 14” saws is better and
there are a lot of aftermarket doo-dads you can get
to make a 14” saw cut more like a 20” industrial saw.

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#6 posted 08-07-2016 06:12 PM

A 14” saw is a much better choice, for 2 reasons. A larger saw equals longer blade and longer blades run cooler and a larger diameter wheel is also easier on the blade. Longer blade life and better cuts.

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#7 posted 08-07-2016 06:22 PM

10” are toys. The 14” kicks butt. My brother loves his harbor freight 14” bandsaw with it 4 speed ability. I use TWO Delta 14” bandsaws. They are good quality. I bought them used several years apart for $140 each scanning CL, they were jump up right now & go kind of deals though. I have a 10” that was given to me, it sits in the rafters collecting dust. I suggest you put the money towards a 14” if you want to enjoy using a bandsaw, try to get a 1hp, happy wood working!

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#8 posted 08-07-2016 07:22 PM

Thanks for great recommendations. I’ll skip the 10” and go directly to 14”. We have a Harbor Freight in town, so their 14” bandsaw would be $314 with tax using a 20% coupon. The Grizzly G0555LX would be $634 with freight, so I’ll have to figure out whether the Grizzly is worth the extra $320 in cost.

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#9 posted 08-07-2016 08:14 PM

Go to the HF web site and read the reviews for the 14” BS. After you read them, I don’t think you will want to buy a HF.

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#10 posted 08-08-2016 04:03 AM

Grizzly is worth every penny it will cost you over HF.

-- Bob

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#11 posted 08-08-2016 11:04 AM

Go with a nice used Delta 14”. It’s pretty much the standard. I just picked one up off of Craigslist with a 3/4 hp motor and twenty blades for $300. That was a good deal. In my parts they average in the 4 to 500 range. Plus it’s American made.

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#12 posted 08-08-2016 11:36 AM

Depends on how you plan to use the bandsaw. If you have access to thick rough lumber and you’re going to resaw for dimensional lumber, cut your own veneer, and/or rip your lumber with it instead of a TS, then bigger is better, and you might as well go 17” vs a 14” and riser block.

For most everything else, my 10” Craftsman has handled everything I’ve needed. Far from a toy, it cuts right through 1” & 2” lumber, cuts curves, bevels, circles, etc. It will resaw, but only up to 4-1/2”. Same as with bigger saws, it just needs the right blade for the job. It will stay in my shop if I do get a bigger saw for resawing.

If you can find a good used bigger saw for the right price, that’s the way to go. If not, don’t shy away from buying a 10”. Not all 10” are created equal. The Craftsman and Rikon appear to be the same, and are superior to the other brands I looked at.

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#13 posted 08-08-2016 11:44 AM

I have the Grizzly LX, my only recommendation is to add the riser block.

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#14 posted 08-08-2016 11:51 AM

Get the 14”. IMHO this will last you a lot farther down the road than the 10”. I know, I started with a 10” and immediately wanted something with more capacity. I would like a newer, bigger saw, but my 14” Jet is still going strong after 18 years with some added Carter modifications. IF I did get a new saw, it would be a Grizzly. More value with great features and power. Have fun, work safely and good luck!

-- "Now I'm just another old guy wearing funny clothes"

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#15 posted 08-08-2016 11:18 PM

Thanks again for all the help. I’ll watch CL for a while to see if I can find an old 14” Delta or similar, and if nothing shows up for too long I’ll order the Grizzly LX.

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