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Old 10-27-2010, 04:59 PM   #1 (permalink)
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speaking of big box stores, I was wondering if you can get a descent 9 inch bandsaw for the the 135.00 neighborhood from those big box stores or Ace or someplace. I would not be doing heavy duty stuff but would not want to buy a disaster.

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Old 10-27-2010, 05:17 PM   #2 (permalink)
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speaking of big box stores, I was wondering if you can get a descent 9 inch bandsaw for the the 135.00 neighborhood from those big box stores or Ace or someplace.
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A lot depends on what you plan to use it for, but I would increase my budget and get a decent one that would do a better job than those cheapies. Check out the Rikon or Sears 10".... a much better machine and much less limited.
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i will have to agree with my friend Bob about spending a little more.

a couple of years ago, i bought one of the 9 inch ryobi bandsaws. i knew it was small when i bought it, but after trying to use it, i found it to be pretty much a toy and very difficult to use and tune.
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speaking of big box stores, I was wondering if you can get a descent 9 inch bandsaw for the the 135.00 neighborhood from those big box stores or Ace or someplace. I would not be doing heavy duty stuff but would not want to buy a disaster.

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Hi Kelly - I agree with the other posters that you gotta pay more to get more but I've had pretty decent luck with this little guy:
Factory Reconditioned Skil 3385-01-RT 9-in Band Saw with Light
Two speed so I can use it on light ferrous metal also (with the right blade). I do wish it had a bit more resaw capacity but so far has treated me pretty good. Had it about 8 or 10 months now.
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that is a good price. it is tempting to get one of those. i don't have the cash for a 14 inch at this time.
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I have one of those small band saws and I found the problem was in finding a decent 3tpi blade.

1/4" 6tpi are easy to come by, but not 3pti 1/2" for resawing.

I have upgraded to 12" BS and that is so much better.
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I have one of those small band saws and I found the problem was in finding a decent 3tpi blade.

1/4" 6tpi are easy to come by, but not 3pti 1/2" for resawing.

I have upgraded to 12" BS and that is so much better.
Hi James - That saw (the Skil) takes a 59-1/2" blade. I confess I haven't really looked for a 3 tpi. Most "resawing" I do isn't. I use it that way to make splines for small projects, typically 1/8 to 1/4" thick splines. I saw the stock so I get the grain of the spline perpendicular to the joint I'm planning on using it in. So far the 1/4" 6 tpi blade has been satisfactory for that application. If I had a more aggressive application I very likely wouldn't be as happy with it.
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Hi James - That saw (the Skil) takes a 59-1/2" blade. I confess I haven't really looked for a 3 tpi. Most "resawing" I do isn't. I use it that way to make splines for small projects, typically 1/8 to 1/4" thick splines. I saw the stock so I get the grain of the spline perpendicular to the joint I'm planning on using it in. So far the 1/4" 6 tpi blade has been satisfactory for that application. If I had a more aggressive application I very likely wouldn't be as happy with it.
Hi John,

My small saw is a GMG 8".

I think part of the problem is that a 1/4" blade is slightly thinner than a 1/2" blade and my supplier did not like the thicker blade on the radius of the 8" wheel.

He mentioned heat and flex being a problem ( especially for the welds).

The saw was adequate for sawing flat stock but when I turned the stock vertical it tended to bog down.

The 6tpi was not clearing the saw dust out of the cut.
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My small saw is a GMG 8".

I think part of the problem is that a 1/4" blade is slightly thinner than a 1/2" blade and my supplier did like the thicker blade on the radius of the 8" wheel.

He mentioned heat and flex being a problem ( especially for the welds).

The saw was adequate for sawing flat stock but when I turned the stock vertical it tended to bog down.

The 6tpi was not clearing the saw dust out of the cut.
Hi James - I understand. When I turn the stock vertical on mine I have to slow feed rate down almost madeningly (is that a word?) or I get some serious blade drift. Did manage to break two blades within about 15 minutes once. Decided to change that process pretty quickly.
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Kelly I have read lots of good reviews on the Ridgid and Craftsman smaller bandsaws. If you are looking for specialty or custom size blades you can give R&D Bandsaws a try.
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