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ulises48

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597 days ago

Topic tags/keywords: bandsaw powertec bs900

Hello all.

I would like some input to guide me in my imminent purchase of a band saw.

First thing to consider is it’s use: I will be using it to cut wood, acrylics and maybe soft metals (aluminum, brass) for pen blanks.

That said, next consideration is price. I have my eyes on a Powertec BS900.

The price is just right, but I would like to hear some expert opinions about it.

Thank you very much in advance.

-- We all have something to teach, and a lot to learn.


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Camero68

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#1 posted 597 days ago

You might find a review of your desired band saw at www.bandsawreviews.com .

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Surfside

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#2 posted 597 days ago

How much does it cost?

-- "someone has to be wounded for others to be saved, someone has to sacrifice for others to feel happiness, someone has to die so others could live"

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ulises48

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#3 posted 597 days ago

Price: 123.49 shipping included for me.

http://www.amazon.com/POWERTEC-BS900-Band-Saw-9-Inch/dp/B00367WB0G/ref=sr_1_1?s=hi&ie=UTF8&qid=1346249704&sr=1-1&keywords=powertec+bandsaw

Camero68 Thanks for the link, but there is no review of this paerticular machine.

-- We all have something to teach, and a lot to learn.

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Tedstor

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#4 posted 597 days ago

I’m not an expert on this particular saw, but here are my thoughts:
1- The amazon reviews, for what they are worth, seem to indicate the saw is capable of performing your intended duties.
2- A couple of the amazon reviews, seem to indicate the saw requires an off-the-wall blade size which might limit you replacement options. I don’t know how accurate this is, but you should look into it.
3- Highland Woodworking is selling a 10” Rikon for $199.99 plus shipping. Its likely a better quality saw, albeit, at a higher price.
4- Sears is selling their 10” BS (21400) for $169 with free shipping. It appears to come with a fence. Looks like an ok machine to me, and sears will gladly take it back if it sucks. If I wanted a small BS, I’m pretty sure this would be the machine I’d buy. The price is good, has some good features (fence, bearing guides), and in the event I needed to return it, there is a Sears 20 minutes away from me.

http://www.sears.com/craftsman-1-3-hp-3.5-amp-10inch-band-saw/p-00921400000P?prdNo=2&blockNo=2&blockType=G2

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Surfside

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#5 posted 597 days ago

It’s worth the price. I haven’t experienced using that kind or size of band saw but it is surely a good looking saw. Tell us if you’re going to pull the trigger for that saw.

-- "someone has to be wounded for others to be saved, someone has to sacrifice for others to feel happiness, someone has to die so others could live"

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ulises48

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#6 posted 597 days ago

Thanks Tedstor for the long comment. Amazon has that same Craftsman BS for 240 dlls and it has got terrible reviews. :(

-- We all have something to teach, and a lot to learn.

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dpmeyer4867

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#7 posted 597 days ago

I’m looking at a Grizzly 14 inch with the Riser Block
http://www.grizzly.com/products/14-1-HP-Bandsaw-Polar-Bear-Series-/G0555P

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Surfside

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#8 posted 597 days ago

This is a nice Grizzly. But are you really going with it considering the price?

-- "someone has to be wounded for others to be saved, someone has to sacrifice for others to feel happiness, someone has to die so others could live"

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JK0702

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#9 posted 597 days ago

dpmeyer- for us less informed, what is a “Riser Block” and what does it do for a band saw?

Thanks

-- John - Huntington Beach CA

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CplSteel

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#10 posted 597 days ago

I have some experience with the sears band saw. I cannot tell how it is different from the Rikon except for the color. 1/8” blades won’t work without changing your guide blocks, but it is fine. No comment on how it compares to the powermatic.

JK0702 – bandsaw “size” is based on the depth of the throat, the distance from the blade to the inside of the “C” (on the photo of the craftsman above, this is the grey part with the power switch). Basically it limits how deep the left side of the cut can be. Another important factor is the “resaw capacity” of the bandsaw. This is the distance from the table to the bottom of the guide blocks. A riser block goes on the middle part of the “C” to give the saw more resaw capacity. Often it is best to buy the saw and the riser block at the same time because any blades you buy before you get a riser block won’t work with the riser block because they would now be too small.

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Jim Finn

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#11 posted 597 days ago

I have that grizzly with the riser and I like it. I mostly use it for re-sawing. To make pen blanks I do not use a band saw. I do it on my table saw.

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Surfside

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#12 posted 595 days ago

+1 on a grizzly with the riser.

-- "someone has to be wounded for others to be saved, someone has to sacrifice for others to feel happiness, someone has to die so others could live"

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Loren

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#13 posted 595 days ago

Woodworking band saws run too fast to cut metals without
stripping the tips off the blade. If you want to cut metal
get a variable speed scroll saw or a band saw with the
slow speed transmission to cut metal.

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Surfside

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#14 posted 595 days ago

Of course, cutting metals requires a different speed rate than cutting wood. Slower surface feet per minute or s.f.p.m is needed when you cut metals. And the type of blade you use vary too!

-- "someone has to be wounded for others to be saved, someone has to sacrifice for others to feel happiness, someone has to die so others could live"

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Bill White

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#15 posted 595 days ago

Take a real STRONG look at the Grizz 0555LX. Lots of positive amendments to the 0555 series.
I love mine. The riser is not yet available. Coming soon.
Bill

-- bill@magraphics.us

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