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Looking for recommendations on a 14" (or larger) 110Volt bandsaw There's no 220 outlets / feeds in the garage so those can't be considered. I've read that the delta an X???? model has vibration issues. So I was seeing what recommendations were on what to / or what not to get. Thanks!
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On 03/12/2012 07:38 PM, notImpressed wrote:

Here's what I have along with the 6" riser and H7584 resaw fence. With the Highland hardware 1/2" resaw woodslicer blade, I am impressed.
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On 03/12/2012 08:23 PM, Doug Winterburn wrote:

Sorry, here's the link:
http://www.grizzly.com/products/The-Ultimate-14-Bandsaw/G0555
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Thanks for the opinions. There's a locally owned tool store close to me (Big Tool Store, Derby KS.) large selection of wood & metal working tools, supplies and trailers. Good selection, good people, and decent prices. The have Delta,Jet, Powermatic, Steel City .... I'll buy from them and never from the orange or blue.
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I bought a 18" Jet (JWB18 i believe) from the Big Tool Store about ten years ago and love it. I wanted the bigger table because I cut quite a bit of 8/4 hardwood for rocking horses and it makes it easy to handle the bigger pieces. Mine has the European guides and the lower guides are a little fiddly to adjust but they might have fixed it by now. I finally had to change the tires this year. Great saw.
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I've got an 18" Jet also. It has been fine... interestingly enough I've never had a drift problem. No matter the blade I've been able to track it such that cuts run parallel to the fence with no fence skewing. Jet has stiffened up the frame since I got mine (also about 10 years ago) but otherwise it seems to be the same saw.
The only time I had an issue was with really big, thick and heavy pieces of wood where I was stretching the limits of the saw's table. As a result I picked up a 36" Crescent that I should have up and running this coming summer...
John
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On Monday, March 12, 2012 7:38:42 PM UTC-7, notImpressed wrote:

That Grizzly looks nice and they usually have the best deals. Not sure why but Ridgid 14" Bandsaw at Home Depot is only $350. I have a used one that served me well but I don't use it anymore after an upgrade to an 18". The Ridgid lists as 15 Amps and the Griz is only 11. I live in Livermore and would sell you my Ridgid older but not used much for $150.
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On 3/12/12 10:38 PM, SonomaProducts.com wrote:

Wow, get his Ridgid. Great price. If you decide you need to upgrade in the future, you'll get your money back selling it.
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On 3/13/2012 10:42 AM, -MIKE- wrote:

The 14" model currently being sold at HD appears to be an EOL closeout. Cheap is correct, but consumer reviews are horrible - no fence, no step locks, additional Rigid 6" riser is 1/2 the cost of the saw, motor is slightly underpowered for any serious heavy work in hardwood, stock blade is absolute junk and should immediately be replaced OOB, vibration issues and a host of other problems.
I cannot comment from personal experience, but reviews from actual consumers and knowledgeable users are not good. Most end up spending extra bucks just getting this model up to decent performance levels, even for hobby use.
Recommend spending a few extra bucks up-front for a decent Grizzly or Steel City.
Not saying don't buy, simply encouraging a little research and thought before jumping on this one...
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*snip*
When it comes to riser blocks, there's a good chance a cheaper one will be available for another saw. My Jet has a Powermatic riser block, and everything fits just fine.
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On 3/13/2012 1:24 PM, Puckdropper wrote:

Yep fer shore. Grizzly gets about $70.00 but Rigid wants &200.00+. Howsomeever, you get a forever & ever lifetime warranty as long as you pay round trip shipping! :-)
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Puckdropper <puckdropper(at)yahoo(dot)com> writes:

It's the same company. They just part the part a different color.
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Oh it's more than that... There's a lot of clones of the original Delta bandsaw out there, so things that fit one are likely to fit another.
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Puckdropper <puckdropper(at)yahoo(dot)com> writes:

Delta and Jet aren't THAT swappable. Some bolt-ons come in 2 different flavors because of this. Maybe you can use all of the risers interchangably, but I don't know for sure.
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wrote:

Agreed - Jet probably has more similarity to Powermatic than Delta but even those are different. They appear to share some of the same major parts, castings, etc. When I was looking at 14" lathes years ago the Jets and Powermatics appeared have very similar leg and body castings.
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On 3/13/2012 8:25 PM, Headless /body wrote:

NOT the same company, they are however owned by the same company, Walter Meier.
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notImpressed wrote:

I have the Grizzly 14" with riser block. Once set up it works fine. But every time I raise or raise or lower the guide, all three upper blade guides have to be adjusted. The upper guide bar is round with a flat on it, and it wants to turn unless tightly clamped in. Some saws I've seen have a hexagonal shape, which makes more sense.
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How long does that take, Jer?

I can just hear the two rent-a-cops arguing over which one goes over there and tells the worm to move...I guess that argument ended with them using the horn.
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On 3/13/2012 6:03 AM, Larry Jaques wrote:

Readjusting the guides every time you raise or lower the guard, too damn long. And another reason I recommend Laguna. It has a round upper guide bar with a flat spot but does not have this issue.
For the original poster, I was going to put my two cents worth in but you immediately ruled out 220 volts so....
Basically with a BS you get what you pay for. An inexpensive BS will work well when set up properly but how often will you have to set it up.
Something to consider, will a less expensive BS have a rigid enough back bone to prevent flex in the frame? When tensioning the blade if the frame gives even a little you have to readjust. When the blade expands from use the tension changes, will the frame flex when that happens?

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On 3/13/2012 7:54 AM, Leon wrote:

My old Rockwell Delta BS has a hexagonal shape, one of the things they cheapened to round shape on the newer models. I can raise and lower my guide bar with the saw running, no problem.

I would not buy, or want, a cheap BS. I could live with a cheaper (not cheap) table saw, but a band saw has too much going on to keep you busy fussing with and never getting right, or to stay right.

My saw never needs any adjustments unless I change blades, which only happens if I break a blade (rare) or it gets too dull.
If I were in the market, I'd either buy something like you have, or go for a used commercial saw if I couldn't afford one like yours.
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