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HarveyDunn

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219 days ago

I’m shopping for my first bandsaw. I’m going to get a 14” one…I know a lot of people would say don’t bother, go up the next step, but I really can’t afford it. Also, I need it to be 110V.

I want the full 12 inches or so of resaw capability.

Questions:
1) Can anyone suggest specific models that are not a major PITA to change blades?
FWW last compared 14” BS in 2007. Here’s what they said on this point:

Very Easy
General 690-1
Laguna LT 14SE

Easy
Grizzly G0555X
Jet JWBS-14DX
Powermatic PWBS-14CS

Difficult
Grizzly G0457

Very Difficult
Delta 28-475X
Rikon 10-325

2) Fences. Do you use the fence your BS came with? Or is there an aftermarket product that is worth looking at. I want a tall one.


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Blurrytree

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#1 posted 219 days ago

I cant answer your question. However, my older 14” king bandsaw is easy to change the blades but a bit of a pain to realign so it tracks on the center of the tires nicely.

I am not sure if you are taking that all into consideration when you mean “change blades” since that is the least part I worry about..

And yes the price jump from 14” to higher is big.

As far as fences, well I just started considering one. You can make one easily and that is what I would do. The more you look into it the more you will realize how much you can do on a bandsaw..they are really neat tools and I have barely scratched the surface myself.

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HarveyDunn

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#2 posted 219 days ago

Thanks. Yes, I do mean the entire blade-changing process.

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Pat3

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#3 posted 219 days ago

I have the Rikon 10-325 and I don’t think changing blades is difficult at all, I find it pretty easy.
I still have the stock fence that came with the BS but I haven’t re sawn anything taller than 6” yet.
I will get a taller fence once I start resawing wider boards.

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theoldfart

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#4 posted 219 days ago

I have a PM 14” with a riser block. Blade changes are easy and re-tensioning goes quickly. I do mostly resawing so I tossed the cheap fence that came with the saw and put on a Kregg. Works just fine.

-- "Aged flatus, I heard that some one has already blown out your mortise." THE Surgeon ……………………………………. Kevin

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Jim Finn

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#5 posted 219 days ago

I think changing blades on any band saw will be about the same….a pain.

-- In God We Trust

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madts

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#6 posted 219 days ago

Look at this. Very good.
Makes the set up much easier and the cuts perfect.
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=wGbZqWac0jU

-- Thor and Odin are still the greatest of Gods.

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HarveyDunn

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#7 posted 219 days ago

Thanks, that was fascinating. Not sure I’m physically capable of whipping a bandsaw table on and off the way he does. Aren’t they heavy? I’m thinking about getting the Grizzly G0555X specifically because it has a larger table: 20.5×14 compared to 14×14 for the G0555LX.

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pmayer

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#8 posted 219 days ago

To me, adjusting the guides is the biggest time consuming item in changing to a different size blade. Laguna guides are superb for easy adjustments, which I suspect is why Laguna scored at the top of the FWW article that you mentioned. The key to their ease of adjustments is based on two factors; 1) they require no tools to loosen/tighten the guides. This is particularly advantageous when adjusting the lower guides where the table can make things difficult. 2) The guides are setup to be in contact with the blade, which is MUCH easier to establish than the micro-gap required by most guides.

Laguna has a few different 14” bandsaws, all of which use the Laguna guide system. I have the 14|12, and one of my favorite aspects of the saw is the quick blade change process.

-- PaulMayer, http://www.vernswoodgoods.com

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Loren

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#9 posted 219 days ago

No band saw is a PITA to change blades. The blades themselves,
large ones, can be a bit tricky to manage. The PITA factor
is miniscule compared to the tedium of sanding a table top
or even a single cabinet door with an orbital sander.

On some saws you have to take the fence rail off to pull the
blade off through a slot on the table. I prefer this to the side
slot where you have to pull the blade forward off the wheels,
pivot it 90 degrees, and get it out from the side. Wider
blades with carbide teeth make this a tricky maneuver because
you have to be careful not to ding the teeth.

-- http://lawoodworking.com

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juniorjock

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#10 posted 219 days ago

Takes about 15-20 seconds for me to change blades on my Grizzly.

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Ben

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#11 posted 219 days ago

My delta is super easy. Drop the tension, slide it out the side of the table… put in a new blade, adjust tension… GO… Honestly, I’ve never had my hands on a bandsaw, even larger ones that was ever difficult. Seems like a non issue towards deciding which saw for me. I never change the tracking regardless of which blade, they run perfectly just as it is set up.

-- Welcome to downtown Coolsville, Population: US! --Hogarth Hughes

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b2rtch

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#12 posted 219 days ago

What is the problem with changing a blade?
It never was a PITA for me.
I believe that is easier to do it on a band saw than on a Unisaw.

-- Bert

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Howie

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#13 posted 218 days ago

I have a GO555X. I don’t find it a big deal changing blades. When I do, I take the oppurtunity to clean the bearings(blow them off with CA) and generally make sure everything is where/what it should be. I’ve found that being in a hurry to do something and not taking time usually ends up with disappointing results.

-- Life is good.

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HarveyDunn

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#14 posted 218 days ago

Howie, I’m thinking about getting the Grizzly G0555X specifically because it has a larger table: 20.5×14 compared to 14×14 for the G0555LX. The video from Carter Products linked to above recommends removing the table when you change blades so you can do a better job of adjusting the guides. I wonder if that is really necessary…and I also wonder if that table might be very difficult to whip on and off. Any thoughts?

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LeChuck

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#15 posted 218 days ago

I have the Rikon mentioned above as being very difficult. I don’t see it. I actually find it pretty easy and quick to change blades. And believe me, I hate setting things up, especially because I’m obsessive with details. The only thing I’ve had trouble with is to properly center a narrow blade (like 3/16), simply because of the shape of the tires, it gets really tricky to really place the blade in the center of them, so you have to adjust the guides more. On a wider blade, no issues. And since the blade comes out the front, that makes it even easier.

-- David - Tucson, AZ

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