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293 days ago

Topic tags/keywords: question milling bandsaw modern

this band saw is right in my budget, will i be disappointed? i am a beginner on the band saw but i dont wantt to buy a crappy saw then have to buy another. http://www.kmstools.com/general-international-14-wood-bandsaw-10717


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#1 posted 292 days ago

That looks like a pretty generic 14” bandsaw similar to the Ridgid, Craftsman, etc. I can’t tell what the HP on the motor is from the linked info. Personally, I would look for a used one for about half that price.

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#2 posted 292 days ago

I have owned quite a number of different General Int. tools (tablesaw, drillpress, DC, jointer and their 90-170B bandsaw). They all have been solid, well build machines. If you’re happy with the specs for that bandsaw, it should perform reliably for you for years.

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#3 posted 291 days ago

what are things to look for when buying a bandsaw?

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#4 posted 291 days ago

Michael, Tell us what you want your bandsaw to do and we’ll be of more help. Resaw wide boards/logs? Do tight/intricate curves? etc….....

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#5 posted 291 days ago

I saw that Band Saw in a tool store in Illinois. It is a nice saw, like many other 14 inch saws as Andy mentioned. Well made, and sturdy.

The one thing that grabs my eye is the price. Seems a bit high to me, but I do understand that things cost more up in Canada.

I also check out the Grizzly saws at that general price point.

I bought a used Ridgid saw, spent some money tuning it up/upgrading it, and I really like it now.

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#6 posted 291 days ago

well i definitely want to do re-sawing, and curves, doing very tight/intricate curves would be pretty minimal

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#7 posted 291 days ago

That saw will resaw pretty well with a 1/2 inch 3 TPI blade.

Get a thinner blade with more teeth for curves, i.e 3/8th 6 TPI.

That saw has a 1hp motor and I resaw 6 inch hardwoods with no problem on my 3/4hp saw.

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#8 posted 291 days ago

Lots of people resaw with 14” saws and riser blocks BUT if you are serious about resawing, you will get along with something in the 17+” range with a bigger motor.

FYI – I have a 17” Grizz Extreme Series and have resawn a lot of big/tough wood. The type/quality of your blades is likewise very important. I strongly recommend Mark Dujinski’s Bandsaw book. I read every word before buying my first bandsaw and found it very helpful.

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