|Forum topic by Keith Fenton||posted 10-15-2010 03:54 AM||6491 views||0 times favorited||4 replies|
10-15-2010 03:54 AM
I love window shopping … probably more than actual shopping because there is no guilt. It will still be at least a couple months before I bite the bullet and purchase a couple big ticket items. At the top of my list is a band saw. The saw will primarily but not exclusively be used for resawing. I need to be able to resaw at least 9” hardwood preferably a little more but most of my wood will be 6” to 9” domestic and exotics.
I am in Canada but will be traveling to the US this winter and was thinking of stopping at a Grizzly showroom since we are passing right by one. The only thing with buying in the US is that I will most likely have to pay duty on what I buy so that’s an addition 10% added to the cost.
My budget is in the neighborhood of $1000 but i am somewhat flexible. The more I spend, the longer it will be before I can buy MORE TOOLS :)
I am really looking at both Grizzly and their Canadian brother- Craftex. I was quite set on Grizzly because of all the great reviews on here but now I see Craftex has a new series: the CX-series which complicates my decision even more.
This 14” Craftex CX really has a lot of impressive features and is the only 14” on my list… I really thought I would need bigger but it has 2HP and 13” resaw, cast iron wheels, co-planar adjustment and it can use up to a 3/4” blade which is as big as I can get in a “Woodslicer” resaw blade. Seems very close to the grizzly G0457
here are the others I am considering:
or a little out of my price range but I could splurge:
What I would like is some feedback on what you guys think… Is there any reason to get the 17” or 18” saws over the 14” since they are so similarly featured. Woodslicer blades come so highly recommended, I personally don’t think being able to use a 1” blade from another company is really worth it.
Will I be happy resawing with 2HP? Do i need to break the bank with the 19” 3HP? It seems most of you seem to be doing OK with 1.5 -2 HP.
I am also somewhat worried that craftex’s customer service may not be up to par with grizzly’s.
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