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Forum topic by Barto posted 04-29-2009 09:05 PM 1699 views 0 times favorited 8 replies Add to Favorites Watch
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04-29-2009 09:05 PM

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Just a quick q’ from a newbie… Can you use a metal band saw for wood working?

Like the one on trademe (New Zealand’s own eBay): Metal band saw


-- Bart, Waimauku NZ

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#1 posted 04-29-2009 10:20 PM

Skarp is right about the blade but also the saw you referenced is strictly for cutting something to length. You would be missing out on some of the real advantages of a “regular” band saw such as resawing, cutting curves etc.

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#2 posted 04-29-2009 10:35 PM

like lew said – horizontal metal cutting bandsaws are designed to cross-cut metal pipes to length, whereas the real strength of a woodworking bandsaw is it’s ability to rip to width… like when resawing, or ripping rough lumber safely.

more things that a woodworking bandsaw (vertical) incorporates are the fact that there is a table perpendicular to the blade which allows intricate cuts – curves, joinery, etc.

so, to answer you question – no, this type of metal bandsaw wouldn’t work for woodworking.

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#3 posted 04-30-2009 02:41 AM

The price is right but the machine is wrong for woodworking. In its present form, it’s designed only to cut a straight line in metal and very slowly using liquid to wash the swarf. You have to get rid of the liquid flow, speed up the drop to a much faster rate and then…maybe. But you can cut straight lines in wood already and faster and more accurately with other much more versatile tools like a table saw or even a jigsaw.

yes, you could use it to cut wood, but its use would be very limited. If you can take it apart, sit it upright and add a table, change the blade to a wood cutting blade ( plenty of shops here will weld up a custom length blade – topmaq for example ) then you might have a tool worth using for woodworking.

Personally, I’d pass on it and look for a woodworking ( or even something like a butcher’s bandsaw) model which has all those features already.

-- If you can't joint it, bead it!

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#4 posted 04-30-2009 02:45 AM

a wood working bandsaw is worth its weight in gold when ripping rough lumber like Purplev mentioned. Makes it dead easy to use wide boards to make small parts with out all the jointing or fear of kick back.

I pent about 4 hours this week doing just that, last project I used rough lumber on I didn’t have the bandsaw, it has now paid for itself not even mentioning all the resaw and curve work I’ve used it for.

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#5 posted 04-30-2009 06:35 AM

Cool, thanks! makes sense

-- Bart, Waimauku NZ

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#6 posted 05-30-2009 12:28 PM

Sorry for adding to this so late….
I agree with everyone else here – Metal bandsaws are not suitable for wood. Here in NZ, I think that the best thing for you would be to look for an old dyco, tanner or logan (I have logan). They are heavy cast iron and were designed to last. try to find something next to you that you can pickup, as shipping costs will be very dear.
another advice – go for 14” and not 10”. I find that the tool that I use THO MOST in my workshop now is the bandsaw. I have no Idea why some people say its the last tool you should get. 10” saw would limit what you can do greatly.

-- The woods are lovely, dark and deep, but I have promises to keep...

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#7 posted 06-03-2009 03:42 PM

The big gap between the teeth on a bandsaw blade is essential for clearing sawdust out of the curve as it cuts, In general wider gaps (less teeth per inch) are better for most uses including re-sawing. Finer toothed blades are useful for doing scroll type work or other work where you need a fine cut and/or it would be difficult to sand

-- Mike, an American living in Norway.

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#8 posted 06-03-2009 09:04 PM

Listened to all the advise! Couldn’t really come up with an excuse to spend NZ$800+ on a tool I’ve never used before so bought a ‘desktop’ model on trademe (NZ’s eBay) for $65 (about 40 US) – and I love it! Will probably replace it with something more serious at some stage.

Understand what you’re saying Stefang! The small bandsaw I bought is excellent for scrolling, resawing was less successfull!

-- Bart, Waimauku NZ

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