|Forum topic by Rob||posted 09-18-2014 12:50 AM||1114 views||0 times favorited||4 replies|
09-18-2014 12:50 AM
Several bandsaws were in the running for the opportunity of a lifetime—the chance to live in my garage. After many rounds of reading reviews and forums, I thought I had made up my mind and was about to order the G0513×2BF. The foot-activated motor brake is only $25 more than the normal motor brake, so I figured, why not? But then I considered the inconvenience of sharing one 240V dedicated circuit between my table saw, planer, AND bandsaw.
I don’t have room to add another 240V circuit. I realize the vanilla 513×2 can run on 120V, but that requires a 30A circuit which also isn’t an option for me. Granted, I won’t ever use more than one of those tools at a time, but it still would be nice not to have to pretend I’m a 1950’s telephone switchboard operator.
Now I’m reconsidering a 14” option that can run on 120V, but they all seem to have various issues, and I really haven’t run across any complaints about the G0513×2, aside from people wishing they had gotten a variant with a brake. Does anyone have any other complaints using it for curves, resawing, and cutting large blanks for turning? Or is the G0513×2BF really the cat’s meow and worth the minor inconvenience of having to swap plugs?
Edit: by the way, I’ve watched craigslist almost every day for a year and there was one 14” Craftsman bandsaw selling for retail price; everything else has been 12” or less. I’m pretty sure everyone is waiting until after I buy a bandsaw before posting theirs for sale on CL.
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