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post #1 of 5 Old 09-29-2014, 09:45 PM Thread Starter
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Hello everyone. I'm going to be investing in some new machines for my shop. First, a bandsaw. I'm going to be cutting bow risers(handles) of hardwood and phenolic and other relatively small stuff. I'll also be resawing boards up to 10 or 12 inches in thickness. I don't think it will be practical to buy one big bs and switch out blades.

I'm thinking I'll invest in a 14 inch saw first and I'd like your opinions on different brands. Also, are there saws in this size range that are the same but marketed under different names? If so, which ones? I know this is the case in some of the smaller saws. Thank you all for your input.

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post #2 of 5 Old 09-29-2014, 10:06 PM
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the new 14" saws will do it all

The new 14" resaw bandsaws have the capacity you need. The big issue is do they have the power?

This one does:

No motor HP mentioned here....?

A 2HP 17" model by Grizzly at a similar price:

I have several different size bandsaws, and I keep a different blade in each one, from a 10" Craftsman, 2 - 14" Craftsman and an 18" Min Max which I use exclusively for resawing.

The answer to your question will only be as detailed and specific as the question is detailed and specific. Good questions also include a sketch or a photo that illustrates your issue. (:< D)

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Yeah, I'll be resawing hard woods. Osage Orange is very hard but very widely used in making bows and it's easy to find here in Kansas. Oak, Walnut, Maple and Ash are some others that I'll be using, among others.

I've read good things about Grizzly and Laguana. I've read good things about the larger Rikon units but also that their benchtop modes share design with Harbor Freight and Craftsman. I don't know if that's good or bad. It may well be inconsequential to the quality of the bigger Rikon units. Thank you and keep the input coming.
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Do you consider 17" band saw? It's just that you are really into resawing. Bigger saw is better.
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My Laguna 14SUV will be here Thursday and my Resaw King 1" carbide blade is here waiting on the saw. It'll take me about a week to finish the subpanel and wiring, get the motor mounted, and the rest of the saw together but I plan to use it for resawing probably 99% of the time. I'll use my old 1950 12" King-Seeley for just about everything else.


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