I am in the market for a new bandsaw. Looking for 14". Minimal resaws
there may be some in the future.
Recommendations so far include: Delta, Powermatic, Grizzley and Laguna.
Would like to
stay in the $1,000 price range.
Any suggestions from anyone.
You should also consider the MiniMax S14 (about $700 plus shipping, with 8"
resaw) and the Jet 16" ($775 delivered into your garage from Amazon). The
Jet has 10" resaw capacity, not as many bells and whistles but seems pretty
Jim - If $1000 is your max. I'd go with the Grizzly GO513 17" saw. 12"
resaw and the beef of a 2hp motor. I have the GO555 14 inch and love it. But
if I had a $1K max then the GO513 would be the best value for the money.
Leaves some money to buy some good Timberwolf blades. Check it out at
I can't speak to the G0513, but the G0555 works very well for me. Installed
the resaw kit, everything still dead on. I've resawed 8-10" stuff(slabs of
quilted material from a Norway Maple stump slab) with it, only bogged down a
couple times when I fed too fast. This was with a Griz 3/4" 3 T.P.I. blade,
no skewing of cut, fence dead on as delivered.
The law of intelligent tinkering: save all the parts.
I'd start by camping out on this auction, or one similar
close by you (1).
If it goes in the $200-$600 range you can pretty much feel
you've done very well. With the left over money you could
either set yourself up with a rotary phase convertor or
re-motor it. Later, if you wanted to sell it, you
could/would re-coup what you have/had in it and buy
Not a problem.
(1) They aren't always close by but I'd not ever not
consider a one day "out and back" for that "just right"
machine. For instance,
Some Machines Considered "Just Right"
It may look as though I favor the Powermatic (I like mine)
but really it's just a matter of available (at this time)
inventory. The underlying theme here is, if you buy a used
machine you can usually recoup your investment and sometimes
more. Buy new and it depreciates before the nice lady at
Master Card/Visa/AmEx charges the charge against your
In My Humble Opinion/Your Mileage May Vary/Don't Ask Me How
I Know This.
On Sat, 06 Nov 2004 21:22:55 GMT, "Jim Weidenfeller"
Whew... for under $1000, you could get one of those 17" Grizzleys-
possibly a 19", with S&H and all. I don't have one *yet* myself, but
a fellow woodworker in the area has one, and I was checking it out
when helping him build his shop- they're nice peices of machinery for
the price! So far, I don't like Delta for bandsawing, but I only have
a 9" benchtop, so there may be a signifigant increase in quality when
you move to a larger model.
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