Beware of purists
Join Date: Mar 2019
Location: beyond the pale
I've been looking at bandsaws for two months, not rushing into a purchase until I was satisfied with what I wanted and would best serve my purposes.
I've looked online, in person, and talked with many about bandsaws in general, and specifically different brands.
I looked at Laguna, Jet, Powermatic, Rikon, and Grizzly. You can find testimonies that praise and testimonies that damn, but in the end you make a choice.
I didn't find any used bandsaws to consider as Craigslist is full of old, rusted, and neglected heaps for which the sellers wanted premium prices.
I've decided on a Grizzly G0513X2BF 17" as the best bang for my buck. I wanted the foot brake and motor switch brake. I wanted a bigger than 14" table, the cast iron fence, and cast iron wheels. I'll have the ability to resaw, cut some green wood on occasion, and about everything else I want to do.
I'll be adding a Carter Stabilizer for small blades.
Purchased through Amazon, it's $1680 and free shipping. I can add a four-year protection plan for $80.00.
So, for less that $2000.00 I can get the saw in my shop, 5 year warranty, and 4 good quality blades.
I have nothing bad to say about the other saws, but they didn't strike a note with me.
Later, I'll also be getting a Grizzly 8" jointer with spherical cutting head for the same reasons. I couldn't find another jointer that offers me what I deem important for the same amount of cash.
So make a choice. In the end, it usually comes down to the operator, their skills, their self-education, and their ability and desire to learn - just like everything else in life.
"Never attribute to malice what can be adequately explained by stupidity." Hanlon's Razor