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post #1 of 30 (permalink) Old 08-23-2019, 10:49 AM Thread Starter
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Default Do most of you CNC guys own a bandsaw?

I loved David’s sign that he made out of a section of tree , and David showed a video of him cutting it on a bandsaw . (Hope you guys don’t mind me posting your pics again )
It has me thinking,as it’s one of the few tools I do not have .

I think doing carvings with a log like David’s and ScottArt’s would be the best sellers in my neck of the woods .
After reading reviews here , I am interested in Laguna bandsaws , but not sure if this would be big enough .
I don’t understand the specs of this one. It says 12” resaw,so I’m assuming the largest material is 12” that you can cut .
Imo you’d want more like 18” cutting capacity ?
https://www.elitetools.ca/en/product...mband1412-175/

Another option I guess would to just use a chainsaw and then plane it on my planer ,or let the cnc plane it . There is also a small sawmill operation about a half hours drive from my house .

Do you guys find a bandsaw to be an invaluable tool in your shop ?
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I couldn't do much without a bandsaw, Rick. My 12" King-Seeley from 1950 is probably used as much as my table saw. I have the Laguna 14SUV for resawing. Its resaw capability is stated as 14" but it will actually resaw almost 15". The throat is 14" and that's how they're rated. An 18" bandsaw has a throat capacity of 18" regardless of how high the upper blade guide rises for resaw capacity. Throat depth is from the blade to the frame.

In the 80's when I had a woodworking business we had a 1910 Crescent 32" bandsaw but it would only resaw 11". For most of what I do I need resaw capability over throat depth. And we also don't have the room for the footprint of an 18" bandsaw.

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One of these days I will get back to building my CNC. I have a complete shop, including a 14" band saw. The CNC will not replace any of my tools, as I still plan on doing traditional woodworking with the CNC there to enhance my work.
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As David said, don't confuse throat depth with cutting height. The older 14" Deltas came with a standard 6" cutting height but an optional 6" riser block was available to add in the middle of the column that would allow it a 12" cutting height. I have an 18" with 12" cutting height. If you plan on doing more scroll type sawing then a smaller saw is usually good as they are geared for narrower blades which cut tighter arcs. If you are mostly resawing then bigger is better so that you can use wider, more aggressive blades with deeper gullets and fewer teeth per inch.
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Gotta have a band saw. My 14" Grizz has been good - but you can get a riser to expand it. Wish I would have got the 17 inch cause bigger is better, but the 14 inch was all I could afford at the time. Works great for cutting tabs when taking projects off the bed.
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I've had my 14" Delta for 30 years. I turn it on once every 5 years or so.
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I have a 14" PowerMatic that I absolutely could not live without. I chose the PowerMatic over the Delta or Jet because it has a bigger motor and can take up to a 5/8" blade. Without the riser block, it has about 6" of resaw capability. That is fine most of the resawing I do. Mostly, my resawing is just for doing bentwood laminate. But I do like the 5/8" blade because it gives a much smoother finish than most 1/2" blades I have tried.
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I've got two. A floor model 14" no-name brand that works fine in my main shop area, and a benchtop WEN that I keep in the room I have my CNC in. I don't resaw anything with either. I put the small bandsaw in the CNC room to use for cutting parts free that I've just cut leaving tabs connecting. I also have a router table with a flush trim bit dedicated to trimming off tab remnants/edges of parts the CNC has just cut out. I doubt anyone has just a CNC. Typical shop tools for work up front before the CNC starts, and work after it is done to finish the parts.

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Thanks guys .

A bit of a jump up , but there’s this one that does an 18” cut . I found a dealer in Calgary, so it’s only a 4 hour drive to get there

https://blackforestwood.com/collecti...w-laguna-tools

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You b itch about CNCRP prices for their parts and try to save $20 - and now want to drive 4 hours for a $2500 band saw. I'm confused.
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