I wrote an extensive review about my Powermatic PWBS 14CS band saw, under the pen name dejure. Hopefully, it and reviews by others will provide some insightful information
Right now, I'm just running the standard bearing guide pack (10 bearings - which can be bought for $5.00, plus shipping, versus the $20.00, per piece, price tag Powermatic puts on them).
The Stabilizer is on the agenda for next month. Like I mentioned, I try to limit toy buying, so I don't give the woman of my dreams a heart attack. I count wire to upgrade the shop as the front end of a toy and I already bought a couple 250 ft rolls of that, some buffer spindles, buff wheels, elbows for the cyclone........
Of course, I'll have to swap both guide and blade when jumping between 1/4" and under to my 1/2" blade, which I use for re-sawing.
I plan on installing a riser block, though it isn't a must right now. Most the re-sawing I do is small stuff. For example, I grab apple branches from the pruning of the thousands of acres of apples around here and use the wood for spurtles, spoons, etc. I'll add it anyway, just to have the capacity available. I haven't heard of anyone complaining and wanting to go back to a 93ish inch blade. Of course, you save a couple bucks per blade, and I have to figure out what to do with all the blades I have, and the holder, since it's designed for the shorter blades.
Anything else I can tell you?
Kelly, what are your thoughts on the bandsaw? had any issues? limitations etc. Do you use the riser block? I'm in the market and this one is on my short list...
thanks for any info you might be able to provide..