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  • #25925
    Mick Mercer
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    With Paul starting to introduce the band saw I have been thinking of maybe getting one. I would primarily use it to cut stock to size I think but basically can anyone offer some thoughts of what to buy.
    Cost is a factor but what makes are worthy of consideration and what are to avoid!
    What are good new, and what are good second hand.
    Size, power etc are also big factors.
    My problem is I really know nothing about them!!
    Any pointers will be great.

    Thanks,

    Mick

    #25932
    David Gill
    Participant

    Good question Mick I would expect at some time that Paul may give us some pointers on bandsaw selection

    Wigan, Lancs. England :

    #25935
    Sandy
    Participant

    Don’t get a cheep one…. You will regret it later. Make sure you get one with roller bearing blade guides. Of course you will want sufficient HP to be able to use it for re-sawing. Cut width is also something to consider. If you want to re-saw anything wider than just a few inches you have to make sure your guide arm will lift up enough to accommodate a wider board. I hope that was helpful info..

    Insanity: doing the same thing over and over again and expecting different results.

    Albert Einstein

    #25938
    Mexiquite
    Participant

    I was looking to buy a new bandsaw and when I talked to Paul on the phone last week, he mentioned grizzly bandsaws. Today I purchased G0513ANV 17″ 2 HP Bandsaw, Anniversary Edition – Grizzly on ebay (they’re sold out now). They still have them on sale ($100 off) on their website. This one allows for resaw of up to 12″ boards. The 17″ description is deceiving (at least for me a new buyer it was). I thought it meant that was the size of the board I could saw, but it means the size of the table 17″ x 17″.

    Paul said that 1 HP would be fine for a while, but if you’re going to be doing woodworking for the long run, he recommended a bigger HP 2.
    That’s all I can remember from our conversation.

    From my own research, one thing about lower HP means you won’t be able to resaw thicker boards. Example 1HP http://www.grizzly.com/products/14-Deluxe-Bandsaw-Anniversary-Edition/G0555LANV has a 6″ cutting height and the 2HP I bought has a 12″ cutting height. Of course, it cost me almost twice as much.

    I was looking to buy new and didn’t ask Paul about used ones. I’m sure he probably has a lot to say about used bandsaws.

    I’ve attached a picture of the bandsaw I bought.

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    Clint Boyd
    Participant

    I also have the G0513anv bandsaw (bought it used) and can’t imagine ever needing more in a bandsaw. It’s a strong machine.

    #592374
    Dave Ring
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    Fourteen inch bandsaws are by far the most popular and easy to find on the secondhand market. Mine is a twelve inch Craftsman (which looks like a Rikon). I wouldn’t want anything smaller. Get the biggest one that your budget and your electrical system can handle.

    Makes? American made Deltas and Powermatics. General, from Canada. Decent imports: Grizzly, Rikon, Jet, Ridgid.

    Dave

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