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Forum topic by Cozmo35 posted 10-24-2010 01:03 AM 2526 views 0 times favorited 29 replies Add to Favorites Watch
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Cozmo35

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10-24-2010 01:03 AM

Topic tags/keywords: bandsaw

GUESS WHAT? GUESS WHAT? GUESS WHAT?

MY WIFE IS BUYING ME A BAND SAW FOR MY BIRTHDAY! AAAAAAAAAAAHHHHHHHHH!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

Y’ALL GOTTA HELP ME! I know nothing about picking out a band saw. I want to use it for the following….

Resawing thick wood.
Cutting smaller size logs into boards. (The bigger the better!)
Making band saw boxes.

My motto is ”Never buy what you need, buy what you might need!”

Come on Lumber Jocks! Help me out!! READY,...GO !

-- If you don't work, you don't eat!.....Garland, TX


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interpim

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#1 posted 10-24-2010 01:07 AM

This is what I would want :)
http://www.powermatic.com/Products.aspx?Part=1791257&cat=332112

-- San Diego, CA

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a1Jim

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#2 posted 10-24-2010 01:15 AM

Interpim has a good choice but I’f I were to buy again I would buy a grizzle product. I have a laguna 16” and I think it’s highly over rated .Save $ 1000 and buy a grizzle and get a good machine and good customer service.

-- http://artisticwoodstudio.com Custom furniture

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Cozmo35

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#3 posted 10-24-2010 01:18 AM

Yeah! Me too! LOL! I was looking for something around a grand or so,....

-- If you don't work, you don't eat!.....Garland, TX

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Cozmo35

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#4 posted 10-24-2010 01:19 AM

Jim, what size should I get? Do you have Interpim’s website?

-- If you don't work, you don't eat!.....Garland, TX

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a1Jim

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#5 posted 10-24-2010 01:27 AM

There seems to be about three close to a grand. here’s the the closest

http://www.grizzly.com/products/17-Bandsaw-2HP-w-Cast-Iron-Trunnion/G0513X2

-- http://artisticwoodstudio.com Custom furniture

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a1Jim

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#6 posted 10-24-2010 01:29 AM

Here’s one with more power and it’s 19”

http://www.grizzly.com/products/19-3-HP-Extreme-Series-Bandsaw/G0514X

-- http://artisticwoodstudio.com Custom furniture

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richgreer

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#7 posted 10-24-2010 01:38 AM

I have an 18” Jet but, if I were to do it over, I would get a Grizzly.

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

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Stevinmarin

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#8 posted 10-24-2010 01:41 AM

A grand or so???? Holy crap that’s more than my whole shop! Whatya sawing redwood trees into boards?

Well, my less than humble advice is to decide what you will be doing most with it. If it’s mainly a lot of resawing, yeah…get the biggest, beefiest machine you can. If you want it mainly for cutting curvy stuff, you don’t need to spend much.

I have a Rigid saw that cost about $300. I’ve never encountered a need too great for it. Sure, it bogs down sometimes, but that’s cool. Also, look into how much blades will run you. That is an eternal expense.

-- Entertainment for mere mortal woodworkers. http://www.WoodworkingForMereMortals.com

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a1Jim

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#9 posted 10-24-2010 01:45 AM

Like Steve
I was thinking a smaller one would do the job too but becuase you said the bigger the better and a grand.
It all depends what your going to make.

-- http://artisticwoodstudio.com Custom furniture

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rance

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#10 posted 10-24-2010 01:53 AM

I go by what looks best in my shop. I’d suggest a nice purdy blue one! :D Or one like Steve suggests.

-- Backer boards, stop blocks, build oversized, and never buy a hand plane--

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a1Jim

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#11 posted 10-24-2010 01:57 AM

If you like pur d and low cost here’s a goody

http://www.grizzly.com/products/14-1-HP-Bandsaw-Polar-Bear-Series/G0555P

-- http://artisticwoodstudio.com Custom furniture

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Woodenwizard

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#12 posted 10-24-2010 02:19 AM

I have a 14” Jet with carter guides and a carter quick release. It works great for me and does all the things you indicated you wanted to do. I have a riser block in it but have never tried to resaw anything taller than 6”. I use it a lot for resawing 4/4 stock about 4” wide, edge glue them to 12” wide and run them through the planer to 3/8 or 1/4. This is what I use to do most of my clocks and scroll saw projects. If I had it to do over again I would probably get the same saw or maybe the powermatic 14”. It already has the carter guides and quick release.

-- John, Colorado's (Wooden Wizard)

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rance

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#13 posted 10-24-2010 02:33 AM

That one looks plenty pur d to me.

-- Backer boards, stop blocks, build oversized, and never buy a hand plane--

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EPJartisan

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#14 posted 10-24-2010 04:05 AM

I have no complaints about my machine, I do a lot of re-sawing and cutting apart small logs and branches.
Jet JWBS-16B, 16’’ Bandsaw. My partner gave me one for my birthday, winter solstice, and our 15th anniversary gift. He asked what I wanted most to improve the studio, so I researched and found this one on sale at the time for $200 off. I special order my blades from R&D Bandsaw, www.tufftooth.com.. they have decent quality blades at great prices, even with shipping. I have 8 different blades and change them often to suit tasks… Okay I LOVE my band saw… or at least having one of this caliber.

www.rockler.com/product.cfm?page=21322&filter=Jet%20Bandsaw

I would say the drawbacks are the thumbscrews for adjusting the brushings are bad and the welding in the arm catches on the blade when trying to change them. BUT I also say that I might not be the best source for determining quality. I started woodworking with old used tools and got used to fixing them, so I make do a lot.. over look and work around faults. But the beast has not let me down yet with fine detailed woodworking to horrid practices of sheer will vs machine to get the job done…. Oh the base sucks unless you make (or purchase) feet for it. Hope this helps some.

-- " 'Truth' is like a beautiful flower, unique to each plant and to the season it blossoms ... 'Fact' is the root and leaf, allowing the plant grow and bloom again."

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Stevinmarin

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#15 posted 10-24-2010 04:10 AM

heh heh…yeah, purdy. I want a bandsaw that brings out the highlights in my eyes.

-- Entertainment for mere mortal woodworkers. http://www.WoodworkingForMereMortals.com

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