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09-27-2010 01:11 AM

Hello everyone I have Delta 14inch bandsaw. I want to up grade to a bigger saw for the reason of resaw.I looking at delta 18inch but from what I have read it hard to get blades for this saw have any of you heard this.The next saw I’m looking at is powermatic 18inch bandsaw this saw looks like it built it got a nice resaw fence and 18inch resaw capability the saw price is 4100.00. The delta saw just don’t look like it a quality saw. Does anyone have any of these saws and what would be a good saw to look at.

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#1 posted 09-27-2010 01:24 AM

I have absolutely no affiliation, but I would take a look at Grizzly. You could get the Griz 17” Polar, for about $800 w/ shipping.

Looking at your budget(I wish I had a budget like that… :O ) you could even get a 5hp Single Phase, 24”... with still 1k to spare…

Or a 19” Ultimate(if you plan on resawing 20” wide stock) with a little less to spare..

Just a thought.

-- "Ah, So your not really a newbie, but a I betterbie."

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#2 posted 09-27-2010 01:28 AM

If you can afford $4,000, go for it, The Powermatic bandsaw is a very nice made bandsaw.
Check also Jet and Grizzly also.

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#3 posted 09-27-2010 01:44 AM


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#4 posted 09-27-2010 06:26 AM

No one in Kenosha, has a $4,000.00!!! ;)

-- Bob Kenosha Wi.

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#5 posted 09-27-2010 06:34 AM

I spent big bucks on a laguna band saw and wish I would have bought a grizzly. I have a lot of Grizzly equipment and find then to be great tools and a great value. So I would agree with a grizzly band saw.

-- Custom furniture

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#6 posted 09-27-2010 12:25 PM

It is not hard to get blades for the larger saws just don’t expect to find them at the typical woodworking stores. The larger blades are typically made to order based on the length you need. I have used a number of larger bandsaws including an older Powermatic 18”, Minimax MM24, Laguna LT16 and I own a 10 year old Laguna LT18 which is an awesome saw that hasn’t given me a bit of trouble. The Agazzani, and Felder saws would also be on my list of saws to own. If I were to purchase a bandsaw today, it would be the new Felder FB600. It is a 24” bandsaw with 16” resaw capacity. This is currently selling for under $3700. I will also never, never, never purchase another grizzle machine.

One thing to note, larger bandsaws typically don’t handle very small blades (under 1/4”) very well if at all. If you have need for blades that small, keep your 14”.

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#7 posted 09-27-2010 01:04 PM

I went down this same road when I wanted to purchase my big bandsaw. Powermatic, jet, delta, laguna, craftsman all of which make a decent saw, however I would never pay $ 4,000.00 on a pm bandsaw that shows no more mass than grizzlys g0636x ultimate 17” bandsaw. With 16” of resaw height and a 5hp motor for around 2,300.00 it’s a no brainer. I love my 700lb griz bandsaw!!! Deff going to keep this one in the cave. Just my two cents.

-- "I don't cut wood. I machine it!" G.M. The wood machinest

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#8 posted 09-29-2010 05:25 PM

Nobody has mentioined Rikon. I recently purchase the Rikon 10-345 18” bandsaw with a 2.5hp 220VAC motor and it uses a 142” blade which can be bought at woodcraft. I considered the Grizzly but in order to get a new blade, you can only get one from Grizzly. I like having choices. The Rikon is a solid contender with great support. Also, if you can wait till october 27th or later, Woodcraft is having the presale discounts for black friday and you can get that saw for $899. Great deal.

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#9 posted 09-29-2010 05:58 PM

I am watching for one in the used market. I hope to snatch one up sometime this winter. Good luck with your choice!

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#10 posted 09-30-2010 07:24 AM

I have the same 14” delta you have and I just upgraded it by adding a 6” riser block kit for $135 plus shipping. It took me a couple of hours to do the switch over with the help of my wife to put the bolts on while I hold the top piece in place, other than that it was a POC (piece of cake) I suggest looking into that if you are satisfied basically with your Delta. I got the upgrade to do re-sawing mainly in the 8 to 10 inch areas. I just have to cut slowly with the deeper cuts, I think with a different kind of blade it would do that more efficiently. I used to use a 93 1/2” blade and now with the upgrade it is 105” which is readily available almost every wheres.

Erwin, Jacksonville, FL

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#11 posted 09-30-2010 05:09 PM

Steve: Where did you find the black friday sale list…? I want to see what goes up cheap.. so I can start adding it to ye’ ol’ Xmas list… Or if its cheap the “ahh I wont miss this $x”

-- "Ah, So your not really a newbie, but a I betterbie."

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#12 posted 09-30-2010 06:06 PM

I have had a Laguna 16HD for some years now, and it performs very well, no problems at all.

Laguna has a demo sale right now (after woodworking shows) so you might be able to find a good deal there.

All the Best!

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

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#13 posted 10-01-2010 02:50 AM

Laguna has a terrible customer service reputation. Read the posts on them and you will see they earned it. Last year they had a “D” rating from the Better Business Bureau. This year they were downgraded to an “F” rating .

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#14 posted 10-01-2010 03:37 AM

I would purchase a 24” MiniMax. I have one and it is very strong. Or your can look for an older 20” Rockwell Delta bandsaw. They can be picked up fairly cheap. Spend a little time and a few dollars to get it in new condition.

There is a big difference when one kicks up to a 24” and bigger saw.

-- Oldworld, Fair Oaks, Ca

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#15 posted 10-02-2010 03:07 AM

Thanks everyone Bearpie I like that idea and I didn’t know that was option Thanks.

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