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post #1 of 14 (permalink) Old 02-27-2013, 07:39 PM Thread Starter
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Hello everyone, another question from me

I'm interested in making bandsaw boxes and other stuff, therefore I am looking around at bandsaws. I'm still young and unable to spend the large amounts of money on a high end one. Any recommendations on one? Even a benchtop one that would be sufficient enough.
Ill take any suggestions, but Canadian ones will make me a happy camper

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Chris, I know that money is an issue with all us home wood workers, but my advice would be to buy one, one step up from what you think you can afford. ( save your pocket money until you can afford it) .....just kidding.....

The "other stuff" as well as the boxes will stretch a bench top one. I am not saying that you cannot make boxes with a small saw but I would go for a 14" as a minimum with good quality 1/8" or 1/4" blade.

IMO, even a Grizzly GO580 would be better than a bench top model.

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Chris.. As JW stated, get the best that you can possibly afford. And don't get anything smaller than a 14" saw. I have a 14" Powermatic, with no riser, and 6" is as much as I can cut. There will be times that you need more resaw capacity when doing band saw boxes. I use a 3/16" blade exclusively for BS boxes. If you saw is set up correctly, you can resaw 6" stock with this blade, and you can cut fairly tight curves with it as well.

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Chris I see that you are from Burlington. Here is one on Craigslist that might be worth the drive it's a 12" Craftsman for $200.
Craftsman 12" Bandsaw
There is also a Delta table top model for $50 dollars.

Keep your eye on The Buffalo Craigs list as well

However as others have stated a 14" would be better. The one thing to consider is that you really want something bigger than 3/4 hp which is what most of the cheaper end saws are.
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This is a timely discussion for me. I've been trying to help my son get started on bandsawn boxes. I have a benchtop 3 wheeler, and my dad gave him another 9" benchtop. We're having a devil of a time getting anything done on either of them.

I've spent several hours on each of them trying to get the setup right, new blades, even new tires on one of them, and can't get a tight curve on either of them. The blade tracking changes constantly when cutting, and cutting the inside curves on a bandsawn box is out of the question.

I, too, am in the market for a larger 2 wheeler and hope that this will make it a more pleasant experience than the pain in the neck that this is. Thanks for the suggestions. Jim
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Me too Jim, I've got a 3 wheeler now that is almost impossible to do anything on. A new Olsen blade helped but.......I'm gathering information but can see it's comes down to you get what you pay for. Shipping these heavy saws adds a good chunk of change to the bottom line too. I'm just a wood working hobbyist but would like to have a decent band saw so I'm watching this thread closely too.
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For starters , 14" band saw would be best!
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Me too Jim, I've got a 3 wheeler now that is almost impossible to do anything on. A new Olsen blade helped but.......I'm gathering information but can see it's comes down to you get what you pay for. Shipping these heavy saws adds a good chunk of change to the bottom line too. I'm just a wood working hobbyist but would like to have a decent band saw so I'm watching this thread closely too.
Yeah, I highly recommend staying away from any 3 wheel bandsaw.. never seen one that was reliable! May be one, but I have never seen it!

I have found that hand tools are the best choice when I want to make mistakes at a slower rate of speed.

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I have a 14 inch Delta and until I spent what seemed like weeks learning to tune it and tension the blade exactly, I could get no acceptable results from it. I've also installed the Carter guides, which helped only a little while introducing another variable. The biggest problem is determining exactly what part of the blade should ride on the crown of the wheel. You can't make any other adjustment until that is set exactly right, and it varies somewhat by blade type and width. I also have a fairly well tuned 9 inch delta band saw with conventional guides that I use pretty much for cutting tight curves with no more than a 3/16th blade. It isn't perfect, but with proper tension, slow cutting and paying extremely close attention, I can get a pretty accurate cut. It is much harder, for some reason, to get the blade 90 degrees to the table on the smaller saw (I use a pixley or engineers square for this). Change the blade, alter, release or reset the tension or fail to occasionally clean the tires and things go off enough to be noticeable. So, after all this, I'm not really sure a cheap band saw will even do box making. Just sharing what has been an annoying and frustrating experience for me because I'd also like to do band saw boxes. So I'm looking forward to following this string.
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I recently upgraded from a benchtop to a Rikon 10-325 (14 inch). I originally bought smaller (several years ago) for the same reasons as you. I was happy to give it to a charity yard sale. I wish I'd saved and bought the Rikon sooner. I use this saw more in a few weeks than I used the little one the entire time I owned it. Why? the little one was frustrating to use because it was underpowered and inaccurate and awful to adjust. The Rikon is the opposite. The manual says I can resaw up to 13", though I doubt I'll have that need. Bottom line, buy something decent so it doesn't gather dust from lack of use.
If a 14" becomes a consideration, I researched pretty hard before landing on the 10-325. Except for the Laguna, which would have set me back several hundred more dollars, it seemed the best option. I haven't been disappointed in the least. I did add a couple Olsen blades - not top of the line, but substantially better than what I can get at local big box stores.
One other tip if you buy stuff like this online (I do, no local dealers of decent stuff). Consider Amazon and buy an Amazon Prime account. A Prime account gets you free shipping on many, many items and oays for itself quickly. I have bought both the 10-325 and a decent drill press in the last year, both with no shipping costs.
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