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12-06-2013 12:19 AM

Topic tags/keywords: bandsaw planer

Hey everyone,

I you had $500 to spend on your next power tool what would you buy? A thickness planer or a band saw? I want and could use both, but not sure which one to get first. What is your opinion?

-- We all should push ourselves to learn new skills.

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#1 posted 12-06-2013 12:31 AM

Me, personally, a planer. I use my planer constantly and have no idea how I’d get along without it. I’d really like to have a bandsaw but I can get along without it. I can’t get along without my planer though.

Others mileage may vary.

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#2 posted 12-06-2013 12:35 AM

I’m sure your going to get the responses of what do you make and that you can get both if you spend time on Craigs List. If you prefer new as I (I don’t want to spend my time and energy rehabbing and tuning.), if you have a jig saw I would get a planer first. You can save money on your wood purchases by buying rough cut lumber and prepping with the planer. Use that savings toward a band saw.

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#3 posted 12-06-2013 12:41 AM

Which tool would serve you better on your next project or two? I let my projects dictate the tools I might need. I want every tool but I don’t need every tool to work on what I have planned to do.

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#4 posted 12-06-2013 12:45 AM

Surface planer, unless you are good whith a hand plane or want to develop the skills.

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#5 posted 12-06-2013 12:46 AM

+1 for the planer. In my mind it is a more essential tool because I buy my lumber rough sawn so I use one for every project. I use my bandsaw for resawing and cutting curves, but those aren’t required for every project. I know that some people use their BS instead of a TS, so if that is what you are thinking of doing, then the BS is the way to go. FWIW

-- Art

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#6 posted 12-06-2013 01:09 AM

I’d definitely get that nice looking Dewalt planer I keep seeing at Lowes.

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#7 posted 12-06-2013 01:14 AM

Planer for sure

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Micah Muzny

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#8 posted 12-06-2013 01:26 AM

I too am at this split in the road. I am not sure what to get next and both of those are on my list. I look at planers and see those nice DeWalts and read good reviews about them not sure which one to get, there are two models at Lowe’s currently. Dewalt model DW735X $649 and the Dewalt model DW734 $399? The Bandsaws I really like the Rikon 14” Deluxe but not sure what others there are, anyone have any other recommendations on bandsaws with at leas 1.5hp and 10+ inch resaw capacity? I will keep my eye on this post and keep up what JJAyzon1 is discussing :)

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#9 posted 12-06-2013 01:29 AM

BAND SAW!! Mainly because I buy all my Lumber Finished and Ready To Go. I’m also A ”Hobby Woodworker”.

I’ll assume you have a Table Saw. Band Saws are NOT meant to take the place of, or use instead of a Table Saw or a Jig Saw.

I use “Timber Wolf” Blades from Lee Valley and their back edges are already Rounded Off. The Flexible Light that came with it was on a separate cord. Not to my liking so I wired it into the Main On/Off Switch.

Home Depot sells it at $149.00. It’ a 9” Ryobi “Table Top” Model. THAT might not be what you want.

It’s now 9 Years Old and I have No Complaints.

-- LIFE is what happens when you're planning on doing Other Things!

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#10 posted 12-06-2013 01:47 AM

Boy, if you don’t know you don’t need it.

-- Bondo Gaposis

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#11 posted 12-06-2013 01:55 AM

If I were in your situation, the first questions I would ask myself would be: What do I build? How often do I need a BS. How often do I need a planer? Can I use a jigsaw, fret saw to replace a BS. Can I hand plane to replace a planer …
Do I get my lumber already planed? ...
If you build small stuff with lots of curves maybe a BS would be best. Otherwise a planer will certainly make you happy.
I do buy rough lumber (much cheaper) so my DW735 is very handy and I am more than happy with it. I wish I had the money and room for a band saw but so far I managed to do without one. For the curves, I use a jigsaw, fret saw, rasps, files, sanding … It takes more time too but I am learning a lot. However if I want to slice wood, this is more problematic but I do with what I have at the moment. Maybe one day I will have a larger workshop than my tiny basement shop and a more inflated bank account :) and I will get a 14” band saw.

good luck in your purchase.

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#12 posted 12-06-2013 01:56 AM

I, too, would say the planer. Not as sexy as the band saw but square, flat wood is hard to come by. And the longer I’m in woodworking the more I appreciate having square wood to start with. It can also cut down on sanding time in some situations.

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#13 posted 12-06-2013 01:57 AM

I am new to woodworking and was thinking of getting a track saw so I will be interested in what others suggest as well.

Good thread JJ

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#14 posted 12-06-2013 02:04 AM

I’s vote jointer but if I had to choose between the two I’d go with a planer. If all my wood is at least the same thickness I’d have a fighting chance at quality.

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#15 posted 12-06-2013 02:05 AM

Gotta go with Bondo- if you don’t know, sit on that money a while and see what pops up. I think every major tool purchase I have made has been driven by need, or circumstance. If you have a little set back, when a great deal pops up, you can jump on it.

-- Dan V. in Indy

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