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08-14-2013 11:35 AM

So the other forum topics convinced me that in order to move forward with what I’d love to do, I have to get the proper tool; a bandsaw.

I know very little about the machines so am busy searching the site and others for specs/prices and info.

As I’m looking though I see that there’s a lot available on say Ebay but many listings don’t show full shipping.
My understanding is that bandsaws are quite heavy. I’m in Canada but I ship to my US location and go down and pick stuff up so I don’t have to worry about intl shipping but I need to know a range of what kind of shipping costs I’m looking at if I buy from another state and how they come apart if I buy a full one. I would have to get this into my car (full hatchback – can get desks and stuff in despite that its actually a car)

Once I know these things I’ll know if Ebay or other online buying is beyond my reach. Any info is appreciated.

-- Genius may have its limitations, but stupidity is not thus handicapped. -Hubbard

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#1 posted 08-14-2013 11:44 AM

Like with most tools, your price range will determine the recommendations you get from us. Generally speaking, people tend to say go with a 14” bandsaw as a minimum. The Rikon 10-325 is very popular as well as a couple offerings from Grizzly. I believe they have a sale on their anniversary addition thats a pretty good deal right now. Craftsman (Im not sure if you have Sears in Canada?) also has a popular 14” bandsaw, but I can not remember the model # for the life of me now.

Wood magazine also did a fairly good review of the different 14” bandsaws available:

And of course, there is always buying used and local via kijiji (I believe that is Canada’s version of craigslist?). You will get a lot of recommendations for this and if you’re patient, you can score some pretty good deals.

Good luck on your hunt!

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#2 posted 08-14-2013 11:47 AM

The main question is “Whatcha gonna do with it” ? For “resawing” (Making veneer) you really need a monster 16-18 inch that damn sure won’t fit in a car. For a plain old shop saw just get an old delta 14 or 12 Craftsman locally.With a tune up they’ll work just fine. Put some good tyres and guides on it and call it a day .

-- What day is it ? No matter. Ummmm What month is it ? No moron. I paid for a 2 x 6. That means Two inches by six inches. I want the rest of my wood.

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#3 posted 08-14-2013 11:48 AM

I just bought a 14” Steel City. I love it but now I wish I would of gone with a Grizzly. For a Grizzly that is comparable to a Steel City, you can save a few hundred and not sacrifice quality.

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#4 posted 08-14-2013 12:03 PM

hmmm hadn’t even set a budget yet – that’s how ‘never considered getting a bandsaw’, I was.

I don’t want a junk tool but don’t have the means to do high end tools.
I’ve only 110 available so that narrows it.
Also, since from what I’ve read so far, all the bandsaws seem to be very very heavy so that means I may actually have to have this machine in another location from my upstairs shop…sucks but due to disability, I just wouldn’t be able to get this upstairs. The drill press was a huge challenge and it might have to stay in there until I

I AM re-sawing – but resawing smaller chunks of wood 12” X 12” X 2 or 3” to get them small enough to use for model miniatures on smaller machines that I already have – not whole log kind of re-sawing. Does that still mean a 12” or 14” is out of the question?
Since I know so little about this particular tool – I admit that I’m not my usual “grab a gently used one” off CL or kijii (yes in canada but not well used so it doesn’t tend to have a lot of listings the last few times I used it.)

I’ll go do some reading on the link provided and hoping get a point in the right direction.

-- Genius may have its limitations, but stupidity is not thus handicapped. -Hubbard

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#5 posted 08-14-2013 12:35 PM

If you are still talking about building miniature furniture and being a minimalist then I think you would be happy with the same saw as the one I have.

I have the Rikon 10-300, 10” bandsaw. It has a vertical capacity (referred to as resaw capacity) of 4 3/8”, a cast iron table, nice fence, and I would say is very well built and trouble free, based on my experience with it. It also comes in a 90 lb box and would be no problem to get in your car.

This saw is about $200 new. One of the best resaw blades on the market, the Wood Slicer, is available for this saw also. Check with Highland Woodworking for pricing for the resaw blade. They also have some great video of this little saw in action on their website.

I don’t do miniature furniture, but this saw is useful for full size work as well; just limited to 9 1/2” wide cuts and about 4” thickness. I plan to build a 16” saw for my larger work, but the little Rikon will still serve for curvy work.

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#6 posted 08-14-2013 12:46 PM

i found this link close to me
I wonder about the price – it’s that new-ish but no warranty etc…

Do you think I could get this guy into a hatchback the size of a small mini-van?
Also, in transporting, how can this lay down without damaging it? on it’s side?

-- Genius may have its limitations, but stupidity is not thus handicapped. -Hubbard

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#7 posted 08-14-2013 01:04 PM

We have no idea if want new or used bandsaw or size.

For 14” or smaller Sear, & Lowes can pick up at Store here in US and unpack box if did not fit in car. Grizzly and others list shipping cost online. Amazon often has free shipping.

If looking at used bandsaw Canada Craigslist better op than Ebay.

Just find city near you click on TOOLS thread peruse if do not find a bandsaw use SEARCH feature.

-- Bill

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Bill White

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#8 posted 08-14-2013 02:25 PM

Take a really good look at the Grizz 0555LX. Excellent saw for the price. Cast iron wheels, smooth, 1 hp motor. and fence.
I have it, and would buy it again. Get good blades.


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#9 posted 08-14-2013 02:49 PM

I got a rikon 10-325 int he back of my prius, but just barely. As long as you’re good w/ the hatchback hanging open while you drive, you should be fine.

I would look at what Michael said. If you’re really just working with small items, you might be fine with a smaller bandsaw as he suggested, especially if budget is a concern.

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#10 posted 08-14-2013 03:05 PM

As to the Grizzly you linked to and other similar 14” saws, they are not hard to take apart and put back together. Usually 4 to 8 bolts hold the table to the frame, and 4 bolts hold the frame to the base. On many newer ones the wiring has couplers to unplug.

-- My reality check bounced...

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#11 posted 08-14-2013 03:18 PM

That Grizzly in the CL ad can be easily transported in a hatchback car. Depending on how deep your car is you will need to do some disassembly though. Removing the base and table will allow fit nicely and makes it easier to move. I buy and rehab old tools and have transported several 12 and 14 inch bandsaws in my Ford ZX2 Escort. You’ll have a much easier time than I do!

-- Tom Finnigan - Measures? We don't need no stinking measures! - Hmm, maybe thats why my project pieces don't fit.

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Dan Lyke

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#12 posted 08-15-2013 02:11 AM

Get a copy of the Iturra Designs catalog and read it thoroughly before you make your decision. He’s a guy with products to sell, but he also goes through and documents his decision-making processes very thoroughly, and talks about lots of different bandsaw applications.

-- Dan Lyke, Petaluma California,

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#13 posted 08-15-2013 03:16 AM

I’m making my own…

-- Hey you dang woodchucks, quit chucking my wood!!!!

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Jim Jakosh

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#14 posted 08-16-2013 03:47 AM

If you are looking for new, go with a Grizzly G0555 model 14” band saw. it will be all you ever need and it will amaze you at how good it can cut I think they are at $425 right now.
I bought a used Grizzly 14” bandsaw for our shop in Az. and with a little tuning, it is a very nice saw. It does not have the great fence that comes with the G0555, but I made one to put on it that will be sweet!

I just looked at that ad for the G0555 that is used. Go for it. Come it at a low ball bid of $325 and work from there. You’ll love it.

-- Jim Jakosh.....Practical Wood Products...........Learn something new every day!! Variety is the Spice of Life!!

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#15 posted 08-16-2013 11:49 AM

If you have already picked out a bandsaw…buy that one…if you done you will regret it…( well I wish I I would have bought the one I wanted to start with)...has happened to me …


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