Hi All, So starting to plan another large cast iron purchase, and thought I would pole the group for thoughts.
I am thinking of replacing my Grizzly G0555 14" Bandsaw. There are a couple reasons for this. I have been less than satisfied with the purchase since uncrating and setting the guy up. It works well, but for a decent amount of my needs it feels somewhat wimpy. I have a bunch of 8/4 african hardwoods that I attempt to book match in virtually every project. I have found this saw to be less than ideal for this use. I realize I am asking alot of the saw, and it might not be fair to judge it harshly for this failing, but I would like something better. It doesn't seem like I can get the blade tension tight enough using even 1/2" blades, let alone 3/4" which the saw is rated for. This seems to cause some great degree of wander in the blade tracking when using the wider blades, something I haven't noticed when using thinner blades. It seems to me that even without the riser kit installed there is more flex in the body of the saw than I would expect. The table is small, and the included fence is downright hard to lock in place without feeling like I am torking the table beyond ideal.
Alright, so I would like to recoup some of the expense of the saw, and invest in a better one. I primarily use the band saw for resawing, trimming odd little things where I don't want to setup another saw, and to cut curves with a jig.
I would like a decent size motor, as large as a table as possible, and a really solid frame.
So far looking to spend maybe an additonal 1000, after selling the Grizzly that moves me into about 1300 range. Looking online and some in person the Jet 16" jumps out at me, the Laguna 14LTSE and the 16" are both appealing, and the Delta 18" seems worth looking at. Are there other models I am overlooking? Does anyone have experience with these saws? Also it seems like while the laguna 14LTSE is smaller than the other models I am looking at it, it has all the same features and might have higher quality despite the smaller size. I have found that the blade depth on my Grizzly has never been a problem for me, or at least not one i couldn't work around by using a different tool.
Thanks in advance, as any help will be well appreciated