Small Bandsaw

Page 1 of 2  
I currently own a 14" bandsaw that works great, but is tedious to change the blade on. I've been toying with the idea of getting a second and smaller saw. I'd use the 14" with 1/2" 3TPI blade and then put something like a 1/8" 12-14TPI blade on the smaller saw to do curves on the small pieces I typically work with.
So I'm looking around at some of the small saws (9-10" bench top variety) from vendors like Ryobi, Delta and Rikon and it doesn't look like any of them have a quick release feature.
So my question is this: Does anyone make a small/bench-top bandsaw with a quick release?
NOTE: I'm not interested in getting a second 14" bandsaw or larger--just a bench top style saw.
Thanks.
--

If you want to reply via email, change the obvious words to numbers and
remove ".invalid".
  Click to see the full signature.
Add pictures here
<% if( /^image/.test(type) ){ %>
<% } %>
<%-name%>
Add image file
Upload
Michael Faurot wrote:

If you're looking for a saw to cut curves on small pieces then why not get a scroll saw?
--
--
--John
  Click to see the full signature.
Add pictures here
<% if( /^image/.test(type) ){ %>
<% } %>
<%-name%>
Add image file
Upload

I agree the small band saws are a pain.

Add pictures here
<% if( /^image/.test(type) ){ %>
<% } %>
<%-name%>
Add image file
Upload

I've all ready got a scroll saw. For the type of stuff I'm interested in doing, I like a band saw better.
--

If you want to reply via email, change the obvious words to numbers and
remove ".invalid".
  Click to see the full signature.
Add pictures here
<% if( /^image/.test(type) ){ %>
<% } %>
<%-name%>
Add image file
Upload

I used to have the 10" Ryobi ($199 model), and for cutting smaller stock, it really wasn't too bad. I resawed a lot of 2" thick oak on it, and as long as the stock was fairly short and it had a good blade, it worked just fine for that and many other operations. It DOES have a quick release for the blade, and the dust collection is pretty good. The main reason I upgraded was resaw capacity, and that the table mounts were kind of flimsy - ripping or resawing anything heavy (over 3' long or so) would cause the table to flex quite a bit. Doesn't happen on my 400lb Grizzly. I sold the Ryobi to a friend for $100, but if I had had the space, I would have kept it. With a 1/4" blade, it would be fine for cutting curves or making minor cuts on smaller workpieces. I'd guess that at least half the cuts I make on my current bandsaw could easily be done on the old Ryobi, and I'd definitely use it if it were still around. One other saw to consider is the 10" Craftsman, here: http://tinyurl.com/yqwsk2 . It looks VERY similar to the equivalent Rikon, but may be cheaper on sale - I'm pretty sure I've seen this one down to $100 recently. Sears' website is also showing their 9" model on sale for $99, but I haven't taken a good look at that one. Hope this helps, and let me know if you have any more questions, Andy
Add pictures here
<% if( /^image/.test(type) ){ %>
<% } %>
<%-name%>
Add image file
Upload

Cool! When I looked at Ryobi's site initially, I just looked at their 9" saw. I saw the picture of the 10" saw, but seeing that it came with a stand I thought it would be too big. But after taking a closer look at the 10" model BS1001SV, it could be the solution I'm looking for. Knowing it has the quick release is the most important feature to me though and hearing that it has worked reasonably well for you is helpful too.

That's exactly what I'd want it for. Most of the peices will be 12" or less and I won't be doing any resawing with it. All my reswaing will be done on my 14" saw.

Interesting. That 10" model does look very similar to Rikon's 10" model 10-300. From looking at Rikon's manual, it doesn't appear to have a quick release nor does this Sears. From looking at the web page for the 9" Sears[1] it sounds like it does have a quick release. But some of the reviews of the saw on Sears' site seem to indicate the 9" model is a POS. I'll have to go to Sears though and take a closer look at their small saws. The prices are definitely in the range I'm looking for.
Thanks for the tips!
[1]: http://www.sears.com/shc/s/p_10153_12605_00921419000P?vName=Tools&keywordnd+saw
--

If you want to reply via email, change the obvious words to numbers and
remove ".invalid".
  Click to see the full signature.
Add pictures here
<% if( /^image/.test(type) ){ %>
<% } %>
<%-name%>
Add image file
Upload

I know the QR is handy, but having used saws with and without them, I wouldn't let that be a deciding factor. My current saw (Griz G1073) doesn't have a QR; it has a knob on top that you twist. I wired on a sort of extension lever with a little wheel on the end, so I can grab the wheel and give it, say 6 spins and it's loose. Then when I need to use it, tighten 6 turns and it's back to the same place it was. Really not that much of an inconvenience. Send me an email if you want a photo of my current jury-rigged (jerry-rigged?) setup. Hope this helps, Andy
Add pictures here
<% if( /^image/.test(type) ){ %>
<% } %>
<%-name%>
Add image file
Upload

It is a deciding factor for me. Other than to get the initial tension set, I'm not going to crank a handle or a knob--you can't make me! :)
I got to looking more closely at the Ryobi bandsaws at the Ryobi web site, and found they have their manuals available on line. After looking at the manual for the 9" saw (model BS903), it does have a quick release. From looking at the pictures of the BS903 on their web site, they only show the saw from the front, so it's not obvious it has a quick release. I'll have to go by a Home Depot and look at it more closely, but this is looking like what I need for the small/light-duty stuff.
Thanks.
--

If you want to reply via email, change the obvious words to numbers and
remove ".invalid".
  Click to see the full signature.
Add pictures here
<% if( /^image/.test(type) ){ %>
<% } %>
<%-name%>
Add image file
Upload
On Thu, 13 Dec 2007 22:56:49 -0600, "Michael Faurot"

No problem... a small motor, a flex connector and a remote switch and you got it. ;-}
mac
Please remove splinters before emailing
Add pictures here
<% if( /^image/.test(type) ){ %>
<% } %>
<%-name%>
Add image file
Upload
Michael Faurot wrote:

When I got tired of fiddling with my small bandsaw I got a scroll saw. It uses clamps to hold the blade. I had some 1/8 bandsaw blades and cut them up to length with wire cutters and they worked fine in the scroll saw. Good for cutting thicker wood. They were not as sharp as new scroll saw blades, but I already had them so they were "free".
I also have a large bandsaw.
--
Gerald Ross
Cochran, GA
  Click to see the full signature.
Add pictures here
<% if( /^image/.test(type) ){ %>
<% } %>
<%-name%>
Add image file
Upload
Michael Faurot wrote:

I have a Delta 14" which I use for resawring (3 tpi x 1/2" blade). I also have a 1940ish vintage 12" with a 3/16 blade for finer stuff. No quick release; I have to turn the tightener 10 times if I'm not going to use it for a bit. Works fine.     toodles,     jo4hn
Add pictures here
<% if( /^image/.test(type) ){ %>
<% } %>
<%-name%>
Add image file
Upload

That's what I'd like to avoid, having to crank a knob X number of times. When I bought my 14" saw, that was one of the key features I wanted and was willing to pay more to get. If there is an option for a quick release on a small saw, that's what I want. But if the cost difference is too much, I'll probably just learn to deal with cranking the knob.
--

If you want to reply via email, change the obvious words to numbers and
remove ".invalid".
  Click to see the full signature.
Add pictures here
<% if( /^image/.test(type) ){ %>
<% } %>
<%-name%>
Add image file
Upload

Put a handle on it instead. Faster, easier. There is a commercial one made but I don't recall the name of it.
Add pictures here
<% if( /^image/.test(type) ){ %>
<% } %>
<%-name%>
Add image file
Upload

Mark Duginske shows a small bandsaw in his video about mastering your bandsaw that is contrary to the previous posts. I would look at his video and see if it's something I would want to do. Mark has in addition to his 14" bandsaw shows some 9" (IIRC) Sears saws and I think he used one to cut tenons on.
A crank handle on a bandsaw works as well as quick release. You can make one to fit any bs,
Add pictures here
<% if( /^image/.test(type) ){ %>
<% } %>
<%-name%>
Add image file
Upload
On Tue, 11 Dec 2007 14:18:47 -0600, "Michael Faurot"

Unless you need and have room for a 2nd band or scroll saw, you might consider adding an after market tensioner to your current saw..
http://www.woodcraft.com/family.aspx?FamilyID932
mac
Please remove splinters before emailing
Add pictures here
<% if( /^image/.test(type) ){ %>
<% } %>
<%-name%>
Add image file
Upload
mac davis wrote:

Assuming his will take one. Most of the ones that resemble a Delta or Jet will. The ones that resemble a Rikon won't.
--
--
--John
  Click to see the full signature.
Add pictures here
<% if( /^image/.test(type) ){ %>
<% } %>
<%-name%>
Add image file
Upload

Then there would be no need as the Rikon has one to start with. ;~)
http://rikontools.com/productpage_10-325.htm
Add pictures here
<% if( /^image/.test(type) ){ %>
<% } %>
<%-name%>
Add image file
Upload

It'll be a cute toy to play with but your real cutting will be done on a real saw. IMO, the 9" are a waste of money.
Add pictures here
<% if( /^image/.test(type) ){ %>
<% } %>
<%-name%>
Add image file
Upload
On Tue, 11 Dec 2007 14:18:47 -0600, Michael Faurot wrote:

I have an early version of the Delta. In a word, don't.
I'd suggest a good scroll saw.
If you have your heart set on a small bandsaw, jet has a 12" that doesn't look too bad, but that's probably bigger than you want.
Add pictures here
<% if( /^image/.test(type) ){ %>
<% } %>
<%-name%>
Add image file
Upload

I have a Canwood 10" and recently bought a Delta 14". The 10" has a 1/8 blade on it, and the Delta is currently set up for resawing. It's a good combination.
If I only had the Delta, though, I'd likely be looking at a scroll saw rather than a smaller bandsaw.
--
Help improve usenet. Kill-file Google Groups.
http://improve-usenet.org /
  Click to see the full signature.
Add pictures here
<% if( /^image/.test(type) ){ %>
<% } %>
<%-name%>
Add image file
Upload

Site Timeline

Related Threads

    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.