LumberJocks

Aluminum or Cast Iron wheels on a Band Saw?

  • Advertise with us

« back to Power Tools, Hardware and Accessories forum

Forum topic by BobinSachse posted 08-29-2016 08:27 PM 632 views 0 times favorited 5 replies Add to Favorites Watch
View BobinSachse's profile

BobinSachse

7 posts in 917 days


08-29-2016 08:27 PM

Thoughts or opinions on which is better, Aluminum or Cast Iron wheels on a Band saw?

Thanks!!

-- Bob Y.


5 replies so far

View Rick M's profile

Rick M

7934 posts in 1847 days


#1 posted 08-29-2016 08:38 PM

Define “better”. What does it mean to you?

The physics of it are pretty obvious but cast iron will have more mass and require more energy to come up to speed but will store more energy; aluminum will be the opposite.

-- http://thewoodknack.blogspot.com/

View JayT's profile

JayT

4786 posts in 1678 days


#2 posted 08-29-2016 08:57 PM

I prefer cast iron for the reason Rick mentions—more energy storage converts to less bog down when cutting. You generally find cast iron on the better saws and aluminum on entry level and benchtop saws. That definitely says something.

-- "Good judgement is the result of experience. A lot of experience is the result of poor judgement."

View MrUnix's profile

MrUnix

4244 posts in 1666 days


#3 posted 08-29-2016 09:03 PM

I’ve used both… couldn’t tell a difference other than a bit longer to spin down.

Cheers,
Brad

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

View splintergroup's profile

splintergroup

829 posts in 689 days


#4 posted 08-29-2016 09:28 PM

It’s all about mass. Aluminum is cheaper and entry level saws with low HP need the low mass to accelerate up to speed. Bigger saws use the inertia in the wheels for smoother cuts. Of course all this is more important for cuts that limit the saw (i.e. resawing). For light duty cutting, the economic saw/material choice will be plenty fine.

View BobinSachse's profile

BobinSachse

7 posts in 917 days


#5 posted 08-30-2016 02:31 AM

Thanks all!! Looks lie Cast Iron wheels will be the way i will go.

We just bought a house o property that has a 30×30 shop. I sold almost all my tools when we downsized and now i will be rebuilding my tool inventory. going to be getting a Band saw, table saw and a lathe first then adding to that collection. I still have my drill press, scroll sat, planer and almost all my hand tools. Oh yeah, i still have my Jet DC too.

-- Bob Y.

Have your say...

You must be signed in to reply.

DISCLAIMER: Any posts on LJ are posted by individuals acting in their own right and do not necessarily reflect the views of LJ. LJ will not be held liable for the actions of any user.

Latest Projects | Latest Blog Entries | Latest Forum Topics

HomeRefurbers.com