I'm looking for a bandsaw, mainly for wood. I'm unlikely ever to do
any resawing, and any furniture I make gets painted. But it seems
I've had a great many projects over the years requiring wood cut to
less than rectangular! And I also have need to cut other materials at
times--plastics, aluminum, sheet steel and angle iron.
So I'm attracted to a BS that can do both wood and metal. The one
I've found locally is a Wilton 14" (vertical) Model 8201K, with blade
speeds of 3300, 39, 57, 78, 107, 142, 196, 278 SFPM. Speed changes
are made via pulleys and gear case.
Here's a spec sheet on the Wilton:
But there's quite a premium to be paid for that flexibility. It costs
$1,000. For that money I could buy a pretty nice Delta 5X or
Powermatic 14CS plus an inexpensive horizontal metal BS.
Having no prior experience with bandsaws (or feeds & speeds), I'm
wondering if a wood cutting BS can be used to contour cut light sheet
metal (with proper blade) if done slowly. (I've read Lonnie Byrd's
book, but found nothing about metal cutting there).
And is the Wilton machine a decent one? I've been lurking here for a
few months and seen no mention of it. Are there other multi-speed BSs
I figure I have $1,000 to spend. (SWMBO said "Go ahead--you deserve
I'd sure appreciate any suggestions!