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Forum topic by Rocksteady posted 04-29-2011 06:04 PM 2418 views 0 times favorited 9 replies Add to Favorites Watch
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04-29-2011 06:04 PM

Hi Everyone. I’m just getting into woodworking as a hobby and I’m looking to get a benchtop bandsaw.

Are the smaller Bandsaws (9 – 10 inches) louder than their big brothers? (Are they still induction motors?)

Also, any recommendation would be great, but please no “you should buy a 14in.” The space and the Boss (wife) won’t allow it.

-- It's just my opinion, but wood should look like wood.

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#1 posted 04-29-2011 06:40 PM

Band saws, even cheap little ones, run on induction motors.
They aren’t very noisy. When cutting wood there can be some
noise and screeching. That’s the sound of the blade and the wood,
not the saw.

Most small band saws won’t do a very competent job with resawing,
but for other stuff they are ok. Resawing wider board takes more
power and it helps to have a more rigid frame on the saw so it can
take higher tension and wider blades comfortably.

The INCA saws are the best small bandsaws for wood. No longer made,
unfortunately, but available on the used market here and there.

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#2 posted 04-29-2011 06:49 PM

I will give you a fine example of band saw noise…. I have a Harbor Freight 14” band saw, When I fire it up, the motor hums, and you can hear the whooshing of the blade through the guide blocks. I have talked with my BIL with the band saw running, and he has an EXTREMELY soft voice. (health issues, long story…). I go to cut my curves in a 4” thick piece of maple, and the blade shriek is all I can hear, and it isn’t all that bad…

Now the guy a few houses down from me has a Ryobi bench top machine, I think they are 9” but I could be wrong on the size. His is an old silver one, not the new blue ones… Anyway, he fires his up, and again, motor hum, and blade whoosh whoosh whoosh through the guide blocks… Put wood to it, the blade shrieks…

Yes the universal motor on his Ryobi is louder than the induction motor on my HF, but it’s not THAT much louder… If you are working in say an attached garage and let’s say she is in the kitchen on the other side of the man-door like my shop is set up, I am sure she won’t be able to hear much of anything until you touch wood to blade, and at that, it shouldn’t be all that annoying…

IF you can squeeze it in, the current Craftsman 12” that I think is made by Rikon is actually a pretty nice saw, quiet, and plenty of capacity for resawing smallish stuff…

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#3 posted 04-29-2011 08:11 PM

Thanks for the info Loren and DBhost. I was afraid that like cheap table saws, cheap band saws would be louder than their big brothers.

-- It's just my opinion, but wood should look like wood.

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#4 posted 04-29-2011 08:29 PM

There are other problems with the smaller band saws, but yeah noise isn’t a huge issue with them. I totally forgot about the Inca saws, those are good ones too. Like I mentioned the 12” Rikon built Craftsman, and the 10” Rikon built Craftsman and Rikon saws are really nice…

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#5 posted 04-29-2011 08:34 PM

I had a $99 Delta 9 incher and it wasn’t loud at all. That being said, my 1950’s 20 inch sounds about the same as the 9 inch. But I agree with Cr1, sell your car and get the Agazzani :)

-- My dad and I built a 65 chev pick up.I killed trannys in that thing for some reason-Hog

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#6 posted 04-30-2011 12:25 AM

Ha ha. I don’t even think I could buy a 12 in Craftsman with my car. But, I have to buy the important things first, hence the bandsaw… I can bike to work if my car dies.

-- It's just my opinion, but wood should look like wood.

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#7 posted 04-30-2011 03:27 AM

One way to be short lived in the hobby would be to try and actuallly build something using a little saw like that. You may need to start looking for another wife . Just saying And Loren I recall a while back you had asked for pics of the brake setup in your bandsaw. I have a 28-3×0 and the brake should be the same. Do you still need that .

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#8 posted 04-30-2011 03:47 AM

I’ll have to give a +1 for the 10” or 12” Rikon or Rikon built Craftsman. These are nice little saws. I have the Rikon 10” and use it nearly every day. My next saw will be at least a 16” for resaw type work. I just think the 14” model is pushed too far beyond its capacity to resaw a 8” to 12” board. I know they can be expanded with a riser block, but I want something I can throw a log onto and make lumber when I get ready to upgrade.

By the way, PLEASE DO NOT waste your money on a little 3 wheel type machine. They are worthless and frustrating. You can cut anything the little 9” saw will cut on a scroll saw and have a lot more versatility.

-- Michael: Hillary has a long list of accomplishments, though most DAs would refer to them as felonies.

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#9 posted 04-30-2011 10:17 AM

All I can say is I have had a 10 inch Delta, and it was okay, but by comparison to the other 14 inch saws I have had, that 10 inch Delta was a piece of crap.
Now if you could find an Inca, you would be in business
the 10” Rikon built Craftsman looks like it might be a nice little saw.

-- E J ------- Always Keep a Firm Grip on Your Tool

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