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post #1 of 36 Old 01-06-2013, 09:59 PM Thread Starter
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So if you had around $400-500 to buy a bandsaw what would it be? Or if you have already bought a bandsaw in this price range....and love it...what is it?
For background: I mostly plan on making furniture and small boxes. Resaw capability for sure.
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So if you had around $400-500 to buy a bandsaw what would it be? Or if you have already bought a bandsaw in this price range....and love it...what is it?
For background: I mostly plan on making furniture and small boxes. Resaw capability for sure.
I have bought a 32" Crescent for 450 bucks, weighs 1800 pounds and 12" under the guides. I bought a 36" Oliver for 275 bucks, weighs 2300 pounds and 16" under the guides.

Never really messed around with anything much smaller.
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I recently bought a Grizzly 555LX and love it. It's pretty much in your price range, I got it during the Christmas sale which was nice. It's a great saw that cuts as well as any machine I've used. I do not have the riser kit yet but have resawed a 5.5" wide yellowheart and walnut board with excellent results. Very happy with the saw and the service from Grizzly.
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Hi!
We use our (3) 12" (each with a different blade type), our Boice Crane 14", a favorite, and our very vintage 20" for resawing only!
Before getting the 20" BS, the 14" Boice Crane, did a nice job @ it's top height of nearly 8". Vintage 20" can easilly slice 12" !
Our pick is the BC 14" , 'cause the 14 X 8 ratio is great for our line of patternmaking/prototype design and building
Hint: Keep in mind, we love using old arn, when we can
Check it out.. the Boice Crane 14" does show up for less money (used) than you have in mind ! It's not so heavy that 2 people can't easily handle it! Parts are pretty easy ("cept wheels) to find!Footprint is small!
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The Grizzly 555LX looks great. Prob right up my alley for needs. I unfortunately don't have a store close by to see any. Well one store by they are only open 8-5 mon-fri. I guess they don't need the after work business. I'm gonna have to take a day off just to browse the store.
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New or used? Used I would probaly look for a goverment auction or craigslist for an industrail model saw. New I would probably get a 3/4hp Grizzly 14" saw for $425.00
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If you plan on doing quite a bit of resawing then waiting for a good deal on a more powerful used saw to come around might be the best choice in the long run. Resawing with a or 1 HP bandsaw can be very slow going. That's not to say it can't be done but it can be frustrating at times.

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Def dont mind used. CL has been slow right now. I figured atleast 1 hp but my wallet is light. If 3/4 hp can still do the job I will have to b patient. How good is porter cable?
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Craig's List Search Engine

This link allows you to enter your Zipcode and what you want then it will list them items according to city/zip:
http://www.searchtempest.com/

then it brings up this:
http://www.searchtempest.com/results...min&maxAsk=max

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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This link allows you to enter your Zipcode and what you want then it will list them items according to city/zip:
http://www.searchtempest.com/

then it brings up this:
http://www.searchtempest.com/results...min&maxAsk=max
Very nice. Thanks
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I have the Grizzly G0513 which is the 17" in the basic version. I found it on Craig's List and paid about $400 for it.

Before that I have had a old 14" Grizzly, Makita re-saw, Craftsman, and a smaller Powermatic (can't remember the size). None of these other saws come close to the G0513 in overall performance except maybe the Powermatic (not set up with a very powerful motor).

With the 2HP 220v motor, I can re-saw the full 12" height, no problem. With the right blade it runs smooth enough to handle intricate work acurately. I didn't expect much when I got this saw but I have been very pleasantly surprised.

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Still no takers on porter cable? Lowes has one with 1.5 hp.

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I'd be interested in comments about the Porter-Cable, too.
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what's the model number and how much is it?

there's a solution to every problem.....you just have to be willing to find it.
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I wouln't get the PC...Go Grizzly instead

This one: http://www.grizzly.com/products/14-D...andsaw/G0555LX

It weighs 247 lb, about 50 lbs more than the other two in the same price....$525 -$545 range. I think it may have cast iron wheels? At any rate the HP is the same on the others at 1 HP. You can always get a riser kit for these cast iron frame models and increase you resaw capacity. I have a 19" 3 HP Grizzly, and a Delta 14" with a riser and several others... Go Grizzly JMO

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I really hope I find a steal some where. But that porter cable looks pretty good. No one has any thoughts?
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i'd like to dislike it, but it's hard with a 1.5 hp motor. if it's got CI wheels, it's not a bad little saw. if it can be purchased with a harbor freight "20% off any single item" coupon like @ HD for $360, it'd be a good buy.

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I went by Lowes and looked at this yesterday. My initial impression was that the miter gauge was really cheap. But the rest of it looked pretty nice.
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I would also consider looking at the 14 inch Craftsman. I recently bought a used 12 inch version and so far have been very impressed with it. It appears to be made much like the Rikon saws. I think it has something like eight inch resaw capacity so that is quite a bit. It has a huge cast iron table. A dual voltage 1 hp motor and bearing guides and it is listed right now for less than 400 on the web: http://www.sears.com/craftsman-14-in...07000P?prdNo=1
If I were looking to buy this would be a serious contender in that price range.
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