I'm in the market for my first bandsaw. I'm limited to a 14" bandsaw
with a riser as a larger bandsaw (17" and up) won't fit into my
workshop area. The biggest job I can foresee doing is resawing a 9-10"
piece of rosewood, cocobolo, or walnut.
There seems to be a wide range of motors out there for 14" bandsaws,
from 1/2 HP up to 1-1/2 HP. How big of a motor would I need for this
More is better but you can get by with 1. IMHO the more power the better
the cut also.
Concerning size, my 16" Laguna has a smaller foot print than my old 12"
Craftsman and is shorter than many 14" saws with riser blocks.
On 1 Aug 2006 14:11:12 -0700, email@example.com wrote:
As in all wood working and tool buying, you have to separate need and want, then
ignore need and go for want.. *g*
My BS is a 3/4 hp with a riser, using 105" blades..
it does what I need it to, if I take my time and don't abuse the
So, it's all I "need"...
"want" is maybe a chevy v-8 or at least a 5 hp variable speed motor.. *g*
You bet! Under powered tools are unpredictable when running at their
limits. It avoids binding, slow-down and such and the operator isn't
tempted to push on something harder or interrupt his thought and motion.
Think about it.
For my employees, I want the most predictable operation...and that leads to
predictable production. It seems tool life is extended too. Maybe 2 hp for
a little bandsaw seems overkill but I'd bet blades stay cooler and last
longer since there's less chance of binding and strain...just an opinion.
My stuff is all big production equipment so I'm just guessing in the
I won't argue that 2HP might benefit a 14" bandsaw, but the usuall
single belt drive setup on a bandsaw with an 1800 or 3600 rpm motor is
pushing its limits at 2HP. 1.5 hp motors seem to be more common
(especially used) and certainly less expensive for new ones.
> I'm in the market for my first bandsaw.
> There seems to be a wide range of motors out there for 14" bandsaws,
> from 1/2 HP up to 1-1/2 HP. How big of a motor would I need for this
> resawing job?
How deep are your pockets?
Bigger is better when it comes to electric motors.
I purchased the American made 1 1/2 hp Delta X5, a riser block, heavier
spring, Kreg fence, magnetic light and mobile base just before I retired.
You know the works. At least to the level I can afford on my hobby budget
and the last bandsaw I'll purchase. It cuts almost effortlessly through
anything I need to saw. Great for resawing hardwood such as you mention,
cutting out bowl rounds from half logs for my lathe, etc. It's a pure joy
to use. Overkill? I don't know. All I can say is I don't regret it a bit..
This isn't an ad for Delta, however; I did have to get a new cord from them
after installing the riser block. Cord between motor and switch became too
short and wouldn't allow switch to reach to its mounting holes. Apparently,
factory worker stripped a little too much wire before connecting to switch.
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