Sorry, but it's silly question time!
I'm puzzled by Americans' references to their bandsaws as 14-inch, 16-inch etc.
My bandsaw has a 1400mm blade (about 55 inches) and max throat height is
80 mm (just over 3 inches), so what is the 14 inches referring to?
I checked the spec of the "Delta 28-248 14inch" but can see no 14inch
The measurement is refering to the wheels diameter. This picture show a 16
inches bandsaw. The width of cut is 15 1/2 (because of the space lost for
the blade guard) and the cutting heigh is 9 inches.
Not necessarily. It does make it difficult to take on larger work,
That said, the limits I tend to hit are the max vertical cutting height.
What your machines important limits are depends on what you are taking on.
A pro woodworker of note, whose shop I recently visited, had four bandsaws.
The largest was a 36" (wheel-diameter) Euro beauty. There is no way he
would use that for everything, though.
The right tool, etc..
Depends on what you want to do with it. I originally got a 9" Delta
because I wanted to make my own plane totes. If you do turnings, you
can make turning blanks up to the thickness that your blade will cut,
the throat depth doesn't matter. This'll probably be about 4" on an 8"
BS but that makes a fair bowl and is certainly deep enough for any
platter. I figured that if I made 4-6 totes, I'd made my money back
from buying the BS.
Dave in Fairfax
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The obligatory response having been taken care of, the problem with smaller
bandsaws is the blade. You're in a compromise position with blades anyway,
what with wanting flexibility and toughness to bend around the wheels, and
teeth hard enough not to simply bend as they hit the work.
Smaller bandsaws go through blades faster than big ones because of metal
I stand corrected- must have just matched the throat depth on my
machine. Couldn't figure it out when I bought the sucker either, so I
just measured until I got something that matched the 9" label, and
throat depth fit the bill!
Depth. The throat height is usuallly a little shorter than that.
With a 14" bandsaw, you can run 14" of material between the blade and
For example, I've got a little Delta 9" bandsaw (59.5" blade)- the
tallest piece I can cut is somewhere between 4" and 6", but the widest
piece I can cut (inside the saw, obviously the width is unlimited on
the outside) is 9"- a little less if using the fence.
It'd be pretty slick if the height were 9", though :)
Generally the dia. of the wheel which is also the approximate cutting
capacity to the back of the overarm (less the back blade guard
thickness), however on a three wheel band saw it is the cut capacity
to the back of the overarm.
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