I can maybe get away with around $500. Whatever it takes to get a good tool,
though. A piece of junk won't do any good in the long run even though it was
cheap (he told his wife).
No doubt I'll want to start resawing soon enough, so that is a
I've got a Delta 3/4 horse saw, and it has issues re-sawing thick stuff,
especially maple. Careful management of the feed rate is required. Never
tried anything harder than that. It was around $700 CDN, so it would be
somewhere in your price range. They also have higher end ones (even in the
14" models) that may go on past your price.
I've heard good things about the Grizzley saws. For your price, you could
look at either the 14" or 15" saw. You can do a Google search on this
newgroup to get feedback on them.
In any case, find a source for good blades to go along with your saw.
Depending on the saw you get, you may also have to budget for Cool-Blocks, a
fence, and a miter gauge, if you want one.
I have the Delta 14" Limited Edition model 28-299, and I love it. I
paid around $850 for the setup (came with a mobil base, and some other
stuff). I'm beginning to think a band saw is the best and most
versatile tool I have in my shop.
Just this past week I purchased some Timberwolf blades (1/2" 3tpi,
1/4" 10tpi and 1/8" 14tpi) (about $15-$16 each) and replaced the guide
blocks with Cool Blocks (only $14). I added some washers (25 cents
each) behind the top wheel to bring it into coplaner alignment. With
that setup, I was able to shave a veneer off a solid block of fir. I
need more practice, and a taller fence, but the blade has zero lead,
so I can follow the rip fence. And the cut was very smooth, even with
the 1/2" 3tpi blade. I'm very happy with my setup.
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