When would you need large capacity on a bandsaw, besides resawing?

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01-21-2013 12:15 AM

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Hi all. I’m in the market for a bandsaw and I’m wondering when you would need the large capacity of an 18” in bandsaw. Ignore resaw capacity because I’m looking at the laguna 14in and it has over 12 inches of resaw capacity. So in what situation would you need the depth of an 18 in bandsaw?

-- Brett

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#1 posted 01-21-2013 12:33 AM

Notching out panel corners, making templates,
dovetailing carcases and sundry tasks.
You can flip the work of course, but
then you get tear-out on both sides.

You can run thicker and wider blades on
a 2 wheel saw with bigger wheels too
because the arc on the blade is gentler
and it makes bringing the heavier blades
up to tension more feasible.

If you have the room and budget an 18”
or larger band saw isn’t an investment you’ll
regret. That said, if you buy new and
want to resell later, don’t expect to get
much more than 1/2 what you paid. That
goes for most machinery.

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#2 posted 01-21-2013 02:09 AM

If you happen to be doing curves with a narrow blade you can cut a wider board.

Larger bandsaw usually means more powerful motor, thicker steel, more robust bearings.

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#3 posted 01-21-2013 02:17 AM

To add to Jesse and Loren, Less Vibration, meaning that the bigger ones also weigh a TON.

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#4 posted 01-21-2013 02:37 AM

If you’re a woodturner and process your own turning blanks, you’d definitely benefit from a larger capacity bandsaw. Say you get 24” diameter firewood rounds and want to process them into bowl and spindle blanks. A larger capacity bandsaw is pretty much necessary in that scenario.

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#5 posted 01-21-2013 03:30 AM

Turning logs into lumber would be one application.

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#6 posted 01-21-2013 03:53 AM

You can resaw with a 14” if it’s properly tuned . You might do a search on Laguna on LJs before investing in one of there tools. I own one of their 16” Band saws and if I had to do over I would have bought a Grizzly band saw.

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#7 posted 01-21-2013 03:55 AM

Thanks all!

-- Brett

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#8 posted 01-21-2013 08:02 PM

Sometimes a guy needs to make a cut on something that would interfere with the saw and prevent access to the blade. In these odd situations, a big capacity saw will often allow the needed access.

PS.. Do a little digging on Laguna before you buy from them. Their CS is somewhat infamous ! (and I’m being overly kind . . .)

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#9 posted 01-22-2013 07:40 PM

The bigger the band saw, the better.

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#10 posted 01-23-2013 12:55 AM

I’m taking delivery this Friday on a Hammer N4400 – it will take me some time to outfit it with casters and have a Lenox blade delivered; also, my shop is below freezing currently, so I’m not spending much time there. I’ll keep the Forum posted…

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#11 posted 01-23-2013 02:57 AM

You typically get more throat capacity with resaw capacity so you can cut wider panels.

-- Sorry the reply is so long. I didn't have time to write a short reply.

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