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Forum topic by ronald posted 01-15-2008 05:22 AM 1376 views 1 time favorited 19 replies Add to Favorites Watch
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ronald

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01-15-2008 05:22 AM

I plan to buy a band saw soon and would appreciate any input on the quality of the brands available. I think 14 inch floor model is the size I need. Thank you for your thoughts, Ron


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Peter Oxley

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#1 posted 01-15-2008 05:26 AM

I really like my Grizzly 14” Ultimate. It makes the blade go around!

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#2 posted 01-15-2008 05:50 AM

Ron… I have a Jet 14” myself; the only thing I wish I had done differently is the following:

1) buy the next model up with dust collector port
2) bought the 6” riser kit to take the re-saw capacity to 12”
3) Quick release tension lever. Turning the tension knob gets old real quick. Some saws come with this feature.

Did do:
1) replaced the stock blade with a new high quality blade. Makes a big difference in any saw.

-- "Everything that is great and inspiring is created by the individual who labors in freedom" -- Albert Einstein

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#3 posted 01-15-2008 06:07 AM

I would get a name brand, Grizzly, Jet, Delta, Powermatic… not some off the wall brand.

-- Gary - Never pass up the opportunity to make a mistake look like you planned it that way - Tyler, TX

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#4 posted 01-15-2008 11:47 AM

Powermatic is expensive, but it comes all tricked out with carter guides, tension release, and they currently include a riser block and mobile base in a promotion at woodcraft. Many times if you buy a lesser brand, you will later want to add all of this and end up paying more in the long run. Just make sure you get a brand that has service if you need help with your took later.

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#5 posted 01-15-2008 11:49 AM

I have a 14” Grizzly with a riser block. It does everything I want it to do.

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#6 posted 01-15-2008 12:51 PM

I agree with motthunter’s advice. I too have a 14” powermatic and, even though it is more expensive, when compared with Jet, Grizzley etc. factoring in the upgrades that come with the tool make it a wash in my opinion. But irrespective of the brand, a 14” tool should be just fine for most amateur needs.

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ronald

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#7 posted 01-15-2008 08:37 PM

This is the kind of information I needed to make a choice. One other brand comes to mind , Steel City . Anyone have an opinion on this brand ?

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#8 posted 01-15-2008 11:01 PM

My 14” Grizzly Ultimate is a fine BS. Tension release, very good fence, tracks good, everything I need it for, it does.

Steel City wasn’t making the BS when I got my Griz so I have no opinion on them. I do have a very good opinion on their Mortiser though. ONE FINE MACHINE is all I can say.

Wayne

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#9 posted 01-15-2008 11:03 PM

I would however reccommend TIMBER WOLF blades from Sufolk Machinery.

Wayne

-- My Father was my mentor for my woodworking hobby and knowledge. Luv ya Dad.

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#10 posted 01-15-2008 11:05 PM

Someone else just mentioned Timber Wolf on another thread.

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#11 posted 01-15-2008 11:23 PM

I have been using my Delta 14” for about 10 years now and it works great.

I like the Woodslicer from Highland Hardware. The variable 3 and 4 tpi eliminates vibration and
gives you a excellent finish on the cut. I have cut perfect .093” veneers from 11.5” tall stock.

-- Gary - Never pass up the opportunity to make a mistake look like you planned it that way - Tyler, TX

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Karson

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#12 posted 01-16-2008 01:56 AM

Blake might have one to sell.

-- I've been blessed with a father who liked to tinker in wood, and a wife who lets me tinker in wood. Southern Delaware soon moving to Virginia karsonwm@gmail.com †

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TomK

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#13 posted 01-16-2008 05:59 AM

Go Karson!

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TomK

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#14 posted 01-22-2008 11:28 PM

I just received my Grizzly GO555 on Friday. This being my first bandsaw, I don’t have much experience with setting one up, and set my expectations accordingly, but I was pleasantly surprised! it took about an hour and a half to assemble, then another 30 minutes to tweak. The blade included tracked just as it should, and I re-sawed a 4 inch wide piece of Texas Ebony, very hard, from 4/4, sliced 3/8ths off it very evenly! A couple passes thru my planer, and it’s ready to be the sole of my new mesquite foreplane. Very pleased with my purchase.

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#15 posted 01-23-2008 02:13 AM

Ron, I too have the Jet 14” and love it. I’ve done some upgrades too, but I think some of these are standard in the Jet now:

1. Quick Release Lever…a must on any model
2. 6” Riser Block… increase that ever so important capacity
3. Bearing Guides…. more stable, accurate, and who wants to constantly adjust and change cool blocks
4. Fence: I’ve got the old T-Slot fence and hate it. I think most models come with stock fence now
5. Blades: I use Timberwolf and they run quickly through anything I’ve pushed through them quickly and easy

What next:

1. New Spring…from what I gather this is something that almost all 14” saws need is an upgraded spring to increase tension, not expensive, and my stock spring was OK at first but now I need to upgrade
2. New Fence…Like I said above most come with a stock fence, at the time (4 yrs ago) mine did not, bought this t-track Kreg looking thing and hate it, time for me to move on :>)

That’s it for me, now why did I tell you all this??? These are things to look for for your money along with the obvious…i.e. horsepower. I’ve re-sawed a lot of lumber and my jet keeps on going strong. The table is flat and beautifully polished, and the saw runs very, very smooth, can balance a nickel on edge on the table…on a mobile stand! I’ve used the steel city and it did the job, but didn’t seem as well finished as my jet. The others I’m not sure, heard good things about powermatic (same company as Jet) and Grizzily. Heard some nightmares on Delta though. Which ever you buy there will probably be upgrades to be had. Make sure the model and brand can use the upgrades….especially the riserblock….very important. You won’t be happy unless you can increase the inches you have available.

Food for thought hope it helps, a bandsaw is one of those invaluable tools that save the day time and time again for me. I know you’ll enjoy having one too. Good Luck!

-- Jim Hallada, Chesterfield, VA

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