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Forum topic by dpoisson posted 12-10-2014 11:33 PM 1029 views 0 times favorited 8 replies Add to Favorites Watch
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dpoisson

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12-10-2014 11:33 PM

Howdy, I am looking to purchase a bandsaw. I have very limited floorspace so a small bandsaw is in the future. A rockwell beaver 10” modele 28115 has come up on my local classified ads site. I have contacted the seller and he informs me the motor is only 1/3hp. What can I realistically expect, performance wise, provided I purchase some decent blades? Keep in mine that this would basically be my only means of cutting wood (I have no table saw and likely won’t have one anytime soon).

Could I:
- cut curves in 1” hardwoods (maple, walnut, etc)? How about exotic african woods?
- cross-cut through 2” north american woods? What about exotics?
- rip 4” high x 1” wide boards into two 1/2” boards (maple, walnut, etc)?

The seller has also informed me that the table can be tilted. Which I assume is a good thing too.

Cheers,

David

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MrUnix

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#1 posted 12-10-2014 11:44 PM

With a good blade I don’t think you will have any problems using it for what you want to do. It’s belt driven with a RI motor, so it’s got a lot more ‘umph’ than a universal screamer motor.

Cheers,
Brad

-- Brad in FL - To be old and wise, you must first be young and stupid

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Tedstor

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#2 posted 12-11-2014 12:01 AM

- rip 4” high x 1” wide boards into two 1/2” boards (maple, walnut, etc)?

Are you talking about resawing a 1”x4” into two 1/2”x4” boards?

I don’t see that little bandsaw pulling that off.

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Logan Windram

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#3 posted 12-11-2014 12:09 AM

To me, a bandsaw with a sharp blade can cut anything up to its capacity, the variable is feed rate. I have resawn hard maple 6 inches wide into veneers with a new blade on a Ridgid saw from Home Depot, I just fed it nice and slow.

I’d spend some time tuning it up, making sure it runs really well. I’d try all kinds of stock, it will let you know pretty quick if it’s not gonna cut it.

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johnstoneb

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#4 posted 12-11-2014 12:19 AM

A 14” bandsaw won’t take up anymore floorspace than the 10” you are looking at. The one you are looking at will do what you want. I would go with a 14” if it fit my budget.

-- Bruce, Boise, ID

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Paul

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#5 posted 12-11-2014 12:25 AM

I can re saw 3.5” maple on a 2.5 amp toy of a ryobi 9” band saw. I have little doubt that the machine your looking at will re saw 4”.

Paul

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distrbd

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#6 posted 12-11-2014 03:26 AM


A 14” bandsaw won t take up anymore floorspace than the 10” you are looking at. The one you are looking at will do what you want. I would go with a 14” if it fit my budget.

- johnstoneb


+1,

I owned a R/B 28115 for a few years,sold it because it was taking up more floor space than my 14” ,it is a very capable saw for it’s size but if you outgrow it you’ll most likely be stuck with it ,not many people in my opinion look for a low capacity bandsaw.

-- Ken from Ontario, Canada

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Rick M

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#7 posted 12-11-2014 04:13 AM

Since this is your only saw, spend a bit more and go bigger. A small bandsaw is better than no bandsaw but not by much. The difference isn’t just just capacity and power but build quality, blade size, and quality of blades available. My 9” saw had a 1/4hp motor which I replaced with a 1/3hp and there was a noticeable bump in power but it still slows way down if cutting anything over an inch thick especially anything in the range of hard maple or harder.

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dpoisson

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#8 posted 12-11-2014 01:25 PM

Thanks everyone for you comments. I will probably hold out for a bigger saw. I guess I learned that bigger capacity/more powerful doesn’t mean bigger footprint in the shop ;-)

Thanks!

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