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I have started to research Bandsaws (BS) and have it narrowed down to the 16" 1 speed by Craftex Busy Bee Tools Product Detail and the 18" Craftex Busy Bee Tools Product Detail.

Can anyone please tell me the advantage of having a variable speed on the BS? IS this a big deal because I sure could save a few dollars by having the 16" CT082 model.

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Variable speed is almost a necessity on a band saw as far as I'm concerned. You need different speeds for different woods and size of blades as well as in re-sawing. As you use the band saw you will come to understand why variable speeds are necessary, trust me. I think you will be disappointed in the future with a single speed. It's cheaper in the long run to buy the best you can afford in the first place.

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I have started to research Bandsaws (BS) and have it narrowed down to the 16" 1 speed by Craftex Busy Bee Tools Product Detail and the 18" Craftex Busy Bee Tools Product Detail.

Can anyone please tell me the advantage of having a variable speed on the BS? IS this a big deal because I sure could save a few dollars by having the 16" CT082 model.

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I'm curious too, Dan. I just put a riser on my 14" Delta and am still tuning it but am curious.

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I have never, nor seen a need, to change the speed of my bandsaw.
My 14" Delta with riser is set for fast, and stays there.
The only tool that I change speed on is the drill press.

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I know variable speed is important in cutting steel/metal but I didn't think it was that important on wood, I know my Band saw has two speeds but I can't comment on if I change speeds or not since it is still in the box, and I haven't had a chance to set it up yet.
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Dan,

I would think a single speed will work just fine if all you are going to cut is wood. The optional speed is mainly for switch over to metal cutting. I am not one for trying to cut both on the same saw.
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Variable speed is almost a necessity on a band saw as far as I'm concerned. You need different speeds for different woods and size of blades as well as in re-sawing. As you use the band saw you will come to understand why variable speeds are necessary, trust me. I think you will be disappointed in the future with a single speed. It's cheaper in the long run to buy the best you can afford in the first place.
I understand with a router you need to control the speed while using different size bits on wood and how hard the wood is but not so sure when cutting wood on a BS.

When you buy different blades do they recommend what speed to run them at depending on the species of wood?

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I understand with a router you need to control the speed while using different size bits on wood and how hard the wood is but not so sure when cutting wood on a BS.

When you buy different blades do they recommend what speed to run them at depending on the species of wood?

Thanks for the replies to date I really appreciate the input and comments.
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The different speeds have to do with the type of blade (tooth rake, blade size, etc.) and density of wood you are using and the ability of the blade to clear the saw dust from the cut. If the blade can't clear the cut it will either bog down, not cut straight, not cut well, overheat and break or all of the above. For instance; if you notice the blade is having a hard time cutting while re-sawing, you may try a different speed and it will improve the cut or stop the blade from wandering. There is a reason for variable speed on a band saw for cutting wood and not just cutting metal. I have yet to see a "speed chart" for the band saw. It is more of what works best for you at that particular situation at that particular time. You just have to experiment and find out what works best and when. Pretty much the same as with a router.

Here is a podcast you may want to look at ...
Podcast #22: Buying & Getting the Most Out of Your Band Saw — Woodworking Online

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i cant imagine the need for different speeds but i dont have that much experience using one

does the variable speed slow things down real low? i know cutting metal you want slow speeds so maybe really dense wood would need slow speeds as well?
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