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Forum topic by RichCMD posted 02-16-2013 02:08 AM 511 views 0 times favorited 5 replies Add to Favorites Watch
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RichCMD

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02-16-2013 02:08 AM

Topic tags/keywords: question bandsaw scroll saw miter saw tablesaw

I am still doing workshop planning. I can’t do everything now, but I want to plan for future additions now so they are easier to fit in later. I am struggling a bit with decisions about power saws. There seem to be so many different kinds of saws: table saw, portable table saw, band saw, radial arm saw, scroll saw, and several different flavors of mitre saw. (I’m not even sure I listed them all.) I need some help figuring out which ones would be best for me and which I should try to get first.

I expect my activities will include spoon and bowl carving, making pens, turning bowls, making boxes, and other smaller items. Of course, I will also need to build a better work bench.

The 180 degree bend in the stairs to my basement pretty much prevents any 4’ by 8’ sheets from getting down to where my shop will be. I will definitely be getting a lathe and I already have a drill press and a router. Any bigger saws will likely need to be mobile so I can move them to center stage when in use and then move them out of the way.

I’m figuring budget and space will prohibit having one of everything, so what kind of saw(s) do you recommend and why?

-- Men admire the man who can organize their wishes and thoughts in stone and wood and steel and brass. Ralph Waldo Emerson


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#1 posted 02-16-2013 02:48 AM

You need a bandsaw (BS). Don’t piddle around- get the Grizzly 17”. If you carve things like tree limbs and fire wood you’ll need something to size the wood and a BS is the thing to do it with. Just make sure you have the capacity to cut something 12 inches tall on your BS otherwise it’s pretty useless.

-- A positive attitude will take you much further than positive thinking ever will.

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#2 posted 02-16-2013 02:54 AM

Miter saw for length and maybe a small bench top table saw. I’d make sure you leave room in the budget for ROS and some small sanding pads that fit a drill so you can polish and sand the turnings and carvings. Also a must is a good sharpening system. I had a grindstone so I got a jig at Rockler that allows me to sharpen my chisels quickly and accurately.

-- A positive attitude will take you much further than positive thinking ever will.

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#3 posted 02-16-2013 01:03 PM

Thanks, Russell. I was leaning toward a band saw, but wasn’t sure. Any advice about which 17” model, there are several? For example, how important is a cast iron trunnion or a foot break?

-- Men admire the man who can organize their wishes and thoughts in stone and wood and steel and brass. Ralph Waldo Emerson

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#4 posted 02-16-2013 01:26 PM

I,d get a quality miter saw …u can use it in the shop…an pick up some extra $$$$$ hanging molding or helping someone build a deck..who knows?????

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#5 posted 02-16-2013 02:30 PM

I have the 17” Grizzly bandsaw with foot break (G053X2BF). The foot break is IMHO in the wrong place. I wanted it for emergency situations or when I did not want to remove either hand from a finished cut. It is hard to find without looking. Otherwise I love this saw. I have resawed logs, hardwoods and softwoods with no problems. The thin kerf, as compared to the table saw, saves wood.

No matter what saw you purchase plan on buying a different blade.

-- Jesse, Saint Louis, Missouri

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