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12-09-2008 01:28 PM

Hello everyone,

My first question on LJ and would like some advice. I am trying to do some research on a Bandsaw purchase for Xmas.

I would like to learn and how to create bandsaw boxes, humidor and jewery boxes.

My questions is what the right bandsaw to purchase for the first time. I’m use to getting the right tool the first time. But like most people I’m on a buget. I would like to purchase a 14 inch saw, but there a little pricey. I’m watching craigslist daily…

Any advice on which models are a good start and should I stay away from benchmodels all together. Mabye there’s an alternative that I’m may be missing as well.

-- Thanks Tom

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#1 posted 12-09-2008 02:00 PM

Tom, this topic has been discussed several times. Here is one post that this issue has been discussed. You might want to search for 14” band saws in the review section. A number of saws have been reviewed.

I agree that the 14” saws tend to be pricey but at this level you are getting a quality saw and the differences between the individual saws are largely due to the accessories that come with the saw. Personally, I would not opt for anything less than a 14” model. I know that they are expensive but “it is better to cry once when you buy a tool rather than the many times that you use it”.

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#2 posted 12-09-2008 05:28 PM

Some of the old 12” saws by Delta and other makers
are of good quality but today I don’t think the 12” and
smaller saws are as good.

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#3 posted 12-10-2008 01:29 AM

Watch Sears for their Craftsman 14 inch model, at Christmas they often have sales and free shipping, regular about $550, I think I paid about 500 for mine.

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#4 posted 12-10-2008 01:42 AM

Tom, just to be pragmatic…

Without your budget, your current experience, and your expectations it’s really hard to advise you.
You will get a number of replies from those that love their current purchases but they, just as I ,cannot tell you what to purchase today.
You will also get the odd authority that will tell you the history and performance of all that is currently out there as if they had personally ridden each horse. <g>

So here’s is a good idea.:
Give us your budget, your expertise and your proposed end useand you may get much better responses.

I am currenly tapped out answered grey queries.



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#5 posted 12-10-2008 01:51 AM


Trying to stay in the 300 to 400 range. Thinking of the grizzly 14” bandsaw I think its modell 555. I may have to wait until after xmas. I would like to start building bandsaw boxes and jewerly boxes as well.

Thanks to everyone who has responded.

-- Thanks Tom

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#6 posted 12-10-2008 02:01 AM

Tough to not recommend Grizzly as an entry machine. They have and enormous following of satisfied clients.
I might have suggested Laguna under different circumstances because they make a better saw.

hope this helps


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#7 posted 12-11-2008 12:28 AM

I had started a couple years ago with a Hitachi 12 inch band saw from Lowes (about $300). The 12-inch wheel did not give enough clearance for bandsaw boxes and I quickly started to hate it. There was nothing truly wrong with the saw, it just was too small. I then bought a 14-inch Rikon which has the most cutting height I’ve ever seen on a 14-inch wheel. The thing is a beast and I absolutely love it. With a nice (and expensive) blade you can resaw unbelievably thin sheets 12-inches wide. However, I think its going to kill you budget (around $700). Woodworkers Journal did a review about a 1.5 years ago and named the Rikon the “Best Buy,” which was my inspiration to go buy it, but I remember it showing a couple that were more in your price range. You might want to check their website to see if you can find the article. I’ve also seen links to it from the Woodcraft website. Just remember most band saw boxes (at least the ones detailed in books) require around 5.5 inches of clearance. Anything under that and you will cursing yourself for being too cheap to buy the bigger model.

-- Tom, Simsbury, CT

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