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I am trying to decide about the purchase of a band saw. So far all that I am pretty sure of but not absolutely sure of is that I don't want an inexpensive bench model, and I can''t justify a really expensive one let alone afford one. So I suppose that if I do buy one it will be in the $800 to $1,000 range wihich is still a lot of money for somebody that is just a hobbist.

My primary purpose for the saw, I think, is to be ab le to be able to really do nice clean job of cutting the tops off of jewelry boxes and to re-saw the rough cut lumber.

One woodworking friend of mine told me that he didn't think that a bandsaw would not make a really straight cut when cutting the tops offf of boxes, and then one person on this forum said that the band saw would be his first choice.

I'm haveing pretty good luck making the cuts on the table saw, but they are not really perfect. By the time I spend the time and effort cutting getting the workpieces milled to dimention, cut to size and then creating the dovetail joints, I would to be pretty certain that I won't waste the time by screwing up the project up by not getting a good cut when I cut the top off. In other words, I'm a belt and suspenders kind of guy I guess.

Now, to be completely honest, part of my wanting a banc saw is that I just have a thing about likeing nice tools, even if my interest and fasination exceeds my expertise. Does that sound familiar to anybody?

In addition to wanting to make jewelry boxes, I'd like to make presentation boxes in which on the inside there would be cut outs for such things as handgun, tools, etc. Thisw will require a good scroll saw, so I will need both a bandsaw and a scroll saw as I see things now.
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Any suggests or thoughts on the matter will be greatly appreciated.

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I am very interested to see what responses you get Jerry.

This is the one I am considering: Grizzly G0555 The Ultimate 14" Bandsaw: Amazon.com: Home Improvement

I bit less cost than your estimate.

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I currently have a 14" Grizzly band saw, and have found I use it far more then I ever thought I would.

For straight cuts a good blade that is setup properly will make a straight cut. In theory, a wider blade will have an easier time to cut straight then a narrow blade. In practice, I have a 1/4" blade on my saw, and have successfully made many straight cuts with it. You may have to adjust the fence to allow for drift. The quality of the cut is really dependent on the blade in the saw. The more teeth on the blade, the better the cut will be.

Now that I have band saw in my shop, I will never go back to not having one.
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Steve,
I have the polar bear version of the one you are looking at, and over all I am very happy with it. The guide bearings do get a little noisy sometimes, and I will likely eventually put carter bearings on it. However, the overall quality of the machine is great, and would recommend it.
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That's the one I have been looking at too, the only negative is an articlle on the web that made reference to an experience that the man had in regard to some very poor service by Grizzly, but by the same tokenk, I have heard some good things about their service too.

I bought a mite trimmer from them one time, it was a great tool but was not calibrated and they took it back with problem and then told me that it was devective and that my observation about it had been correct. I actually ended up not needing the trimmer after I got my Incra miter gauge properly calibrated, but that's another story.

We will both be paying attention to the Grizzly band saw.

Thanks for writing,

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Regarding cutting lids off of boxes, here's a thread of interest. Saw Slitter Bobj3 has some excellent suggestions. For various reasons, I'm not a big fan of using a band saw for that task.
As to resawing, you can't beat a well tuned band saw with a good blade and 1 hp motor. Look for one that will allow you to cut at least an 8" wide board. Mine will only cut 6" and that often poses a problem.

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Agree on Polar Bear version.

Amazon.com: Grizzly H3051 Riser Block Kit for G0555: Home Improvement

gives a 12" cut capability.

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Hi

Just a note ::::: no other tool in the shop can do what the band saw can do it's almost a must have tool for the shop...

Just a note about taking off the lid on boxes, the band saw can do that job very well it just can't be to tall or to say to big,,,no one said they top part needs to be the same, it can be just a round top like a treasure chess type box or just about anything you want it to be because after you cut off the lid it will fit to bottom part of the box just like a clove....

So to say the bottom line is you need a band saw..

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I bought a 30 year old 10" band saw a couple of years ago. Since then I have used it at some time in every project I've done, if only to round off corners. I wouldn't be without it.

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I recommend you seriously consider a 14" model if you get one. The added cut size will prove useful, particularly for re-sawing.
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