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ocwoodworker

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1475 days ago

Topic tags/keywords: bandsaw

I have a 14” Laguna bandsaw with a 1” resaw king blade and hate having to take it off to put on a 1/4” band only to have to put the 1” back on and have to recalibrate it. Am I the only one looking at craigslist for a second bandsaw? Do any of you out there have a second bandsaw, or am I just being lazy?

-- I'd like to believe Murphy's Law haunts my woodshop, because if it's Karma it would mean I had something to do with it. - K.R.


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MedicKen

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#1 posted 1475 days ago

I currently have a Delta 14 and would love to have a second saw. If I can find an older Delta 20” or a PM81 I would be all over it, that is for the right price

-- My job is to give my kids things to discuss with their therapist....medic20447@gmail.com

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Steven H

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#2 posted 1475 days ago

14 inch bandsaws is not really intended for resawing. you will have to go slow with a 1 HP motor and barely can tension a 1/2 blade.

I just ordered a Grizzly G0555P Bandsaw, and changing blade is not my favorite.

If you have the money get a 17” bandsaw for wider blades. If not then find a used 14 bandsaw, it will work okay.
http://www.grizzly.com/products/17-2-HP-Bandsaw-Polar-Bear-Series/G0513P

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John Ormsby

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#3 posted 1474 days ago

I have 4 bandsaws. They each have their purpose. However, I do have one for sale now. It is a Jet 18” bandsaw.

I am only using three for the most part. One is set up for re-sawing, one for fine detail work, and the other for general metal or wood cutting. I don’t like to change blades and then realign everything. I have found it to be much more efficient to have three setups.

I do not consider it being lazy but rather a time saver.

-- Oldworld, Fair Oaks, Ca

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Pete_Jud

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#4 posted 1474 days ago

I have also been looking for a second band saw. It takes me to much time to change blades, and set up for the new blade. I have the made in the USA delta 14 that I think is great, but it takes me 1/2 an hour to tuneup after a blade change.

-- Life is to short to own an ugly boat.

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Greedo

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#5 posted 1474 days ago

i absolutely hate changing bandsaw blades! changing the blade is not a big deal, but i have to re-tune all the guides and bearings to the new blade dimension with a tiny hex key wich takes 30 minutes of hassle.
don’t feel guilty at all, ideally you need a bandsaw for every blade type you use!

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Gene Howe

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#6 posted 1474 days ago

Someone once said in, jest, that Norm Abrams had a router for each bit he owned. So, a band saw for each blade used, shouldn’t be out of the question. Of course, routers take up less space!

-- Gene 'The true soldier fights not because he hates what is in front of him, but because he loves what is behind him.' G. K. Chesterton

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zwwizard

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#7 posted 1474 days ago

I have 4 in my shops, . A 14” Rikon for resawing, a 24” woodmaster (3 wheel) with a 1/4” / 6 tooth for general work in the wood shop. In my metal shop I have a horz saw for metal cutting and a old 12” one slowed down, with a 1/4” 14 tooth, for cutting Brass and al and sometimes plastics. I am now looking for a small well built one to set with a 1/8” blade for cutting shell and veneers for inlay work.
So I say GO-FOR-IT.

-- Richard http://www.PictureTrail.com/gallery/view?username=thewizz

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richgreer

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#8 posted 1474 days ago

I use 2 bandsaws. I have a Jet 18” that is used primarily for resawing with a 3/4” blade. The second is my ShopSmith 11” bandsaw that I use for more detailed work with a 1/4” blade or smaller. I have a carter stabilizer on the ShopSmith. I think this is an ideal setup.

I don’t mind changing blades on the ShopSmith, but I really don’t like changing blades on the Jet.

If I did not have the ShopSmith, I think I would get a small bench top bandsaw for detailed work.

-- Rich, Cedar Rapids, IA - I'm a woodworker. I don't create beauty, I reveal it.

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JJohnston

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#9 posted 1474 days ago

I kind of regret replacing my crappy 14” Delta with a 14” Rikon outright; I kind of wish I’d hung onto the Delta. But I just don’t have room.

-- "Sorry I'm late. Somebody tampered with my brakes." "You should have been early, then."

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hairy

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#10 posted 1474 days ago

I have an old Delta from the 1940’s, and a newer vintage Jet. Both 14”, the Jet has a riser. I have a 3/4” blade on the Jet, 1/4” on the Delta. I bought them both used and cheap, it’s a good way to go if it’s an option.

-- the last of Barret's Privateers...

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ShopDogs

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#11 posted 1474 days ago

LIKE ANYONE ON LJ IS GOING TO SAY “NO, DON’T BUY ANOTHER TOOL FOR YOUR SHOP!” WE ARE ALL NON-REPENTANT TOOL JUNKIES. IF MY SHOP WERE BIGGER, i’D JUST FILL IT UP WITH MORE TOOLS!

MICHAEL

-- ShopDogs, Tulsa, OK The tools aren't the problem-It's the organic interface!

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Gregn

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#12 posted 1474 days ago

I have often thought of a second band saw for resawing only myself for the same reasons. The 14” is to small for resawing what I would like to resaw anyway.

-- I don't make mistakes, I have great learning lessons, Greg

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jusfine

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#13 posted 1474 days ago

I have a 15” General and a Laguna 16HD.

I use the Laguna for resawing and larger pieces, the General for anything else.

-- Randy "You are judged as much by the questions you ask as the answers you give..."

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cathyb

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#14 posted 1474 days ago

LAZY? No way. You’re just being practical. I have the Laguna resaw bandsaw and I shutter at the thought of changing blades, though it doesn’t take much time, it still takes TIME. My time, time where I could be doing a zillion other things. I bought a 14” Jet about 5 years ago and never for one millisecond did I regret that purchase. The big bandsaw=big jobs. The little bandsaw=smaller stuff. Don’t delay for another second, get that second saw. You’ll be glad that you did.

-- cathyb, Hawaii, www.cathyswoodworking.com

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Canadian Woodworks

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#15 posted 1474 days ago

2 is a good number

MM20 for re-sawing and cutting circles

Ridgid 14’’ with 3/8 blade for everything else

-- Paul Lemiski, Ontario Canada, Custom Wooden Rocking chairs and tables http://www.canadianwoodworks.com

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