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I'm gonna be in the bandsaw market pretty soon.I am very limited on my shop space.I'm looking for one that will resaw up to six in height and down to 1/16 thick without a lot of difficulty.That is my first and foremost consideration.Any sugestions or input would appreciated.How much can I expect to pay for a saw that will do that?
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Depends on how much you want to invest. This is a pretty good starter , tho not exactly cheap.

http://grizzly.com/products/14-Bandsaw-3-4-HP/G0580

Go used, pick up the equivalent to $150 or so, Grizzly or any other name brand. Wouldn't go for anything smaller than a 14" myself. Bear in mind - thin blade for tight intricate cuts in thinner stock, wider blade for resawing thick stock.
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Although I don't own one a lot of guys here speak highly of the Craftsman copy of the Rikon 14" saw. I think it costs about $350. Whatever you decide on I'd recommend at least a 14" saw with a minimum of a real 3/4 hp motor. A real 3/4 motor is going to pull around 7 amps at 110 volts.
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Although I don't own one a lot of guys here speak highly of the Craftsman copy of the Rikon 14" saw. I think it costs about $350. Whatever you decide on I'd recommend at least a 14" saw with a minimum of a real 3/4 hp motor. A real 3/4 motor is going to pull around 7 amps at 110 volts.
I have the craftsman copy it's a heck of a saw. I caught it on sale for 369.00 I don't think you can buy them that cheap anymore. My saw will cut 8in. wide veneers. they also make a saw that looks the same but will cut a full 12in. for 800-1000.
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I have the 14" Delta and it has been the most troublesome tool in my shop.
I don't recommend it.
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I recently bought a Grizzly GO555LANV Anniversary Model which goes for $555.
Picked it up at Springfield to save any shipping costs/damage, and am very happy with it.
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Not a very experienced woodworker here. As you, I am looking to purchase my first bandsaw. I researched the topic and here is what I found:
A bandsaw is a quirky animal. Unlike other machinery types, setting and adjusting are crucial. Rarely an out of the box saw will cut well. Making the blade track and cut straight, is not so simple. The blade drifts on many bandsaws, resulting in a crooked cut. Even new, out of the box machines may have problems. Setup can sometimes be a lengthy process. With low cost saws, there is a higher chance of parts missing, not fitting well, surfaces not level and square. But it also happened to people who purchased saws costing north of $3K.
Other factors to consider: 1HP may be insufficient for serious hard wood resaw. The table size is often too small (or sits too low) for comfortable work on many models.
Some bansaws with higher customers satisfaction are models from Grizzly, Powermatic and Laguna, but even these have some negative reviews.
Here is a comparison made by Woodworkers Journal, 2 years ago:

http://www.woodworkersjournal.com/14-band-saw-reviews/

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I'm gonna be in the bandsaw market pretty soon.I am very limited on my shop space.I'm looking for one that will resaw up to six in height and down to 1/16 thick without a lot of difficulty.That is my first and foremost consideration.Any sugestions or input would appreciated.How much can I expect to pay for a saw that will do that?

While you are checking out what one to buy. Check the Rikon brand out. They have a 10-325 14 inch band saw that will cut up to 13 inches of resaw height.... For a band saw that size that about as large of a resaw you will find.http://www.rikontools.com/productpage_10-325.html
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While you are checking out what one to buy. Check the Rikon brand out. They have a 10-325 14 inch band saw that will cut up to 13 inches of resaw height.... For a band saw that size that about as large of a resaw you will find.http://www.rikontools.com/productpage_10-325.html
According to Rikon customer support: the 10-325 model has been discontinued, the new 10-326 model will be launched in April 2016. Price unknown yet.
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Amazon still has a few of the old models for sale.
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