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Posted 08 March 2005 - 08:38 PM
I am looking to get my first bandsaw and want to know if anyone has had any experience with any of these.
Posted 08 March 2005 - 09:48 PM
I have a friend that own's a 9" Ryobi. I've used it a couple of times. It's okay. I owned a 9" Delta for over a year and used it a lot. I really enjoyed it but it didn't have the power or cutting height to do any real resawing. However, it did an excellent job cutting out lures. And I have had good luck with the Delta tools that I own.
Posted 08 March 2005 - 10:01 PM
I own a Delta and am happy with it. Although I have no experience with any others. Priced better than the others I looked at.
Posted 08 March 2005 - 10:13 PM
All will do fine for cutting out lures. Doesn't require much of bandsaw to cut out lures. They will also do some woodworking stuff but as Lincoya mentioned shouldn't even be considered for resawing. But then those are an entirely different price range. I have the delta.
Posted 08 March 2005 - 11:08 PM
....and wish I had bought another brand....perhaps a delta.
Don't get me wrong, it'll do the job, but you will not be satisfied with the quality......ya get what ya pay for!
Posted 08 March 2005 - 11:22 PM
The smaller band saws are harder on blades because of the sharper turns the blades have to make going around the wheels. 3 wheel saws are even worse because the wheels are smaller. Since you asked for my opinion here it is. I would only purchase a band saw that has at least 14" wheels and 6" or greater throat capacity. Save your pennies for a larger model.
Posted 09 March 2005 - 08:47 AM
Started out with the small Grizzly bandsaw. Just recently upgraded to a 12 inch Jet. The Jet has been working real well. A solid machine. Can't recommend the grizzly.
Posted 09 March 2005 - 08:55 AM
I know it's not on your list,but I've owned a Sears craftsman Table top model for years.I've really put it through its paces,and would buy another one..Nathan
Posted 09 March 2005 - 07:49 PM
I'm with Nathan 100%. I also have a Craftsman bandsaw for over 35 years and have had no problems with it. I think the bigger bandsaws will perform better only because of the larger wheel where the blade runs on. I haven't gone through alot of blades in all the years I have owned the bandsaw. I sharpen my own blades, though its not cost feasible nowdays. A bandsaw like any other tool needs to be respected but is safe to use if you just use caution and common sense. Routers are only dangerous too if you don't use caution. Good luck with whatever you use and the more you use a tool the better you will get. Ken Schmitz