Try looking at the Rikon 18". It got pretty good reviews recently and was
rated best buy on machines up to around $2000. Here's one place to look
or http://tinyurl.com/bel5t .
here's another http://cwd-web.net/rikon/10-340-18BS.htm
Woodcraft carries them, too. Drawback is the 220V setup.
I haven't read any negatives about the saw yet.
I have the first rendition of Jet's 18".
Of course, they've added a couple of necessary features they forgot in
the first model and have added a 16" version now.
Anywho, this would be a cheap way to go if you don't mind a basic unit.
With the proper blade, it serves me well. I've resawed cherry logs at
capacity. With the wrong blade, you'll burn up the wimpy 2 HP motor
(unless they've boosted this).
Tattooed and Dusty wrote:
I have the Jet 16 version of this saw. If you are going to step up from a
14" saw, I don't think that this one is enough of a change to make it
worthwhile. It is my first bandsaw, however, and I bought it well.
A Laguna or MiniMax, it is not.
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