Join Date: Aug 2010
Country: United States
First Name: Kelly
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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.
Thanks again. Kelly
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.
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.
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