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Offline hayshaker

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choosing a band saw for shop
« on: December 10, 2016, 01:37:43 PM »
i'm want o get a band saw for the shop but only have a budget of 500"00
it does not have tobe new.  just work i want 110'v single phase
with a 3/4 to!1hp so i can cut exotic hardwoods and micartamabe even 1/8th
in steel. what do ya'll reccomend.

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Re: choosing a band saw for shop
« Reply #1 on: December 10, 2016, 02:09:19 PM »
I've been using a portaband bandsaw mounted on a steel table for a couple of years.  It works well.  For cutting larger pieces of steel I still use a 4" angle grinder to get the pieces to a manageable size.


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Re: choosing a band saw for shop
« Reply #2 on: December 10, 2016, 02:26:24 PM »
I've got an older (1985?) Craftsman 14" Model that has always worked pretty well for me.  It will take a metal-cutting blade, but I have never purchased one.  I have resawed some pretty big stuff into smaller thin planks with it and it worked OK as long as you didn't 'crowd' it and used a wider resawing-type blade.

Try Craigslist to see if there are any acceptable older units for sale, too. :thumbsup:
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Re: choosing a band saw for shop
« Reply #3 on: December 10, 2016, 05:26:17 PM »
I've been using a portaband bandsaw mounted on a steel table for a couple of years.  It works well.  For cutting larger pieces of steel I still use a 4" angle grinder to get the pieces to a manageable size.



I have a Milwaukee's model, great for cutting allsrut, all thread, and rebar. Works great.
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Re: choosing a band saw for shop
« Reply #4 on: December 11, 2016, 10:12:32 PM »
I can't think of a new one of decent quality that would fit the budget. Jet and Rikon both make a 10" machine that could probably handle the scale work. Some areas just seem to have a better chance of scoring in the craigslist, used market. There's hardly ever any goodies around here when I get in searching mode.

Are you going to be scrolling out a blade shape, roughing out, cross cutting? Have you considered handtools?