Bandsaw

I am looking to get a bandsaw for chair seat and back construction. I need to cut(resaw) cedar branches 3"-6" in diameter into slats. The small bandsaw I have does not have the power.Would a 1hp saw do it? Like a Grizzly 555 (14" with 6" resaw) or should I go bigger, only problem is the cost really goes up from a 14" 1 hp. Also, what method do any of you use to cut rough branches straight without binding the blade. I have screwed a scrap 2x4 to the branch and ran it along a makeshift fence, then moved the fence in as needed. Thanks Andy
Add pictures here
<% if( /^image/.test(type) ){ %>
<% } %>
<%-name%>
Add image file
Upload
Hi,
I own the saw that you're thinking about buying, and I purchased it because I wanted an inexpensive band to used primarily for re-sawing.
With that said, I have to inquire as to your nature of woodworking: Are you a pro or a hobbyist?
If woodworking is a hobby, the grizzly will work fine for you - Just buy a good blade for it.
If you're a pro, or soon to go pro, then think bigger - The PBS band saws by Bridgewood are very nice saws. When going pro, time is money, and you'll spend less time cleaning up resawn boards with a really nice band saw than with a cheaper one. If money is really tight, but you can swing it, the Laguna 14" saw is a great saw, or the Rikkon 18" saw can be bought for under $1000.
Also, a saw with a smaller motor is OK, as long as it is coupled with heavy cast iron wheels. The iron wheels build momentum once they're going, and don't slow as much during a cut (Kind of like a fright train won't stop if something's in front of it.)
Hope this helps
--
Gregory Paolini - Roycroft Renaissance Artisan
Handcrafted Custom Furniture & Cabinetry
  Click to see the full signature.
Add pictures here
<% if( /^image/.test(type) ){ %>
<% } %>
<%-name%>
Add image file
Upload

Site Timeline

HomeOwnersHub.com is a website for homeowners and building and maintenance pros. It is not affiliated with any of the manufacturers or service providers discussed here. All logos and trade names are the property of their respective owners.