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03-09-2008 06:36 AM

Topic tags/keywords: bandsaw

I think that it is time to get a bandsaw. For a while I have not been able to justify it because I have gotten used to not having one, the only time I really think about it is when I need to resaw. I have been doing a lot more woodworking lately, and the fact that I can not resaw tends to come up just about every time that I am in the garage.
I am really thinking about getting the steel city 14” with the height attatchment so that I can resaw up to 12”.
To be honest I have pretty much decided to get this saw, but I wanted to post this topic incase there was something that I was missing, and would regret not having later.

Thanks
Mike


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#1 posted 03-09-2008 12:52 PM

There is probably nothing anyone can say to change your mind, but I like my Rikon 18 inch.

-- Jim

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#2 posted 03-09-2008 02:20 PM

Perhaps if you really want to resaw you should be looking at a larger machine. You will find that the machine in the 17-18” – 2 HP range are ideally suited to resawing where the 14” machines will do a reasonable job on smaller, less dense stock.
Because the larger saw can take larger blades(1”) there is less problem with tensioning and blade drift making the resawing task much more predictable.
I kept my 14” for use with smaller blades to save changing them and use my 18” almost exclusivley for resawing .
The cost difference is not all that bad when you consider the price of wood today.
I know for a fact now that the big thing you will miss with the smaller saw is the power and the accuracy of the wider blades.
http://lumberjocks.com/reviews/170

http://www.grizzly.com/outlet/G0506X

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cheers
Bob

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#3 posted 03-09-2008 05:30 PM

A larger saw would be better if you are always resawing 12’” boards

If you are like me that’s the exception rather than the rule.

A 14” saw is a good all around saw for general use. I have reviewed Steel City’s saw on this site.

-- 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 03-09-2008 05:35 PM

Gary much of the stuff I have on hand right now is for turning and it is all larger than my 14” saw can handle.
Point taken however, it you are primiarily interested in flat work then the 14” would fill the bill about 90% of the time.
I just thought that if the guy had only X to spend , what’s the difference over the life of either saw?

Bob

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#5 posted 03-09-2008 05:49 PM

Bob – I’m not arguing one way or the other, just stating an opinion. Mike is the one that’s going to decide.

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

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#6 posted 03-09-2008 05:55 PM

Me either Gary.
I’m just trying to present all of the possiblilities that I faced owning and operating both types of machine.

Cheers
Bob

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#7 posted 03-10-2008 12:30 AM

I enjoy my 17” Grizzly bs. The larger table size makes it easier for resawing. Now that I have one, I you it more then my table saw. If you can swing the extra for the the larger saw. You can all the stuff a small one can do plus.

-- Owner of custom millwork shop

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#8 posted 03-10-2008 03:38 AM

Mike: I have the Steel City 18” and it is a great machine. Glad I chose the larger saw.

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#9 posted 03-10-2008 03:54 AM

You all have talked me into taking a closer look at the larger saws. Are there any available, that you know of that include everything, resaw atatchment, wheels.
Some of the larger models, such as the grizzly are comparable in price, but once I start adding additional items it becomes significantly more expensive.
It is very important that any bandsaw that I get be mobile, as I have to store all of my tools every night to put the cars back in the garage. I am going to stop by woodwerks tomorrow to see if they have anything available so that I can save on shipping.
Thanks for all of the advice!!

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#10 posted 03-10-2008 04:18 AM

very pleased with my Rikon 10-325 14” bandsaw wil resaw to around 13” right out of the box, with no extras to buy. of course it takes a really good blade and that would not be referring to the poor blade that comes with it.

steve in Ind

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#11 posted 03-10-2008 08:49 PM

Mike, What is your budget? For resaw, you can make your own tall fence to save money. I made one out of mdf and it sits over the lower fence.

-- Owner of custom millwork shop

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#12 posted 03-11-2008 03:42 AM

I just ordered a Rikon 18” – 2.5hp from Woodzone down here in Columbia, SC for $999 plus tax & no shipping. Woodcraft recently had the same special on a flyer they sent me. I don’t see it on their website, but you might check with one of the stores in Ohio near you.

-- Carl Rast, Pelion, SC

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#13 posted 03-11-2008 03:01 PM

I know this does not fit into what we have been talking about but, I was at sears yesterday, they are discontinuing their 14 in bandsaw, on sale for $469. It comes with just about everything I need except the re-saw fence, and a 3/4 in blade. It will re-saw up to 8 in.

I did stop by woodwerks on the way home last night. They had the JET 17 in model on sale for 1099, and it came with the double ball bearing guides for free. But, I asked about mounting wheels on it so that I will be able to move around my shop, and they highly discouraged it, and said that it will not be stable.

So I have definitely decided to go with a 14 in model. And I am really considering this Craftsman. The price is hard to beat, oh I also have a $25 off coupon.

Has anybody had a bad experience with this saw?

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#14 posted 03-11-2008 03:30 PM

Not me but almost every other Craftsman tool I ever bought.
That would be the very last resort for me.
But, you seem to be determined to put price ahead of long term value so good luck.

Bob

-- A mind, like a home, is furnished by its owner

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#15 posted 03-11-2008 04:32 PM

Bob, I am not determined to put price ahead of long term value. As I stated, I need a mobile solution, or I might as well not get anything because I will not be able to use it. I asked the people who are supposed to be experts at Woodwerks, and they informed me that it is not safe to make a 17 in or larger bandsaw mobile.

As for the Craftsman I was asking the question as to quality. Is it a good saw? I am not going to pay $300 more for a saw if it will perform the same, or very close.

The first saw that I asked about, the Steel City, is not cheap for a 14 in saw, actually it is one of the more expensive 14 in saws that I looked at. And you were not in favor of that either. I understand that you are a bit biased to the larger saws, but I don’t feel that it will work in my shop.

All of my larger woodworking tools are craftsman. I don’t have any problem with them, but I have not had experience with other brands so I can not compare the two.

I do appreciate the input but, I do not appreciate you judging me.

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