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I'm going to be adding a drum sander and 2 bandsaw s to my shop.

One bandsaw will be resawing up to 12 inch hardwoods such as Osage Orange, Ash, Oak, and Walnut. My tentative budget on this one is $1500. Are there saws in this price range that will do this?

The second will be something similar in power and budget to the Grizzly 0555. I use this as an example because I've read good things about it and Grizzly has a warehouse less than 3 hours from me.

A baby drum in the 12 inch or large or an open end in similar size should fit my needs.

I'd really appreciate your input on the makes and models you use that might fit my needs. Thank you

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The Laguna 1412 is $1,097 at Rockler, probably the same at other places. http://www.rockler.com/laguna-1412-14-bandsaw

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I have this one

A few years ago I was going to expand my shop and got several larger woodworking machines from Grizzly. I did not follow through with that plan and they have not been used. This bandsaw was very impressive for quality, low noise and very heavy duty. Admittedly I have no feel for the actual performance of this machine as far as cutting, but on every other measure, it's outstanding:

http://www.grizzly.com/products/19-3...Brake/G0514X2B


I also have their "baby" 12" drum sander which I have used to surface a great many boards. It is a bit underrpowered in my opinion, and will stall out or trip it's breaker IF too deep of a pass is made. However for taking light passes and controlling the depth precisely, it give a very nice finish. The issue with drum sanders in general, I also have a 24" General dual drum, is that a strip of pitch or gum can build on the drum causing a burn line. Now you have to sand on either side of the area to avoid that. The drums don't offer the same cooling area that a wide belt sander has, so you have to be more cautions in your feeding depth.

For the money the baby drum was worth it:

http://www.grizzly.com/products/12-B...-Series/G0459P

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The laguna is in the right ballpark as you want a pretty powerful saw for 12" of resaw capacity and that has a 1 3/4 HP motor. Griz has a 17" 2HP (G0513) that has 12" cut for a bit less $$. Wider throat, too. I'd do a feature by feature comparison.

I'm not sure why you would want a second saw - the laguna or griz would be good for general usage, too.

FWIW, I have a griz G0555 14" and like it a lot. Well made with lots of features.
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Are you in the business? If you are going to be doing the work you described on a daily basis, you don't want consumer level machines. They are fine for a weekend warrior that doesn't run much but not for more serious use. With Griz near by, you might want to talk to them about leasing. You won't be fully committed to a machine that may not meet your needs. There are also industrial machinery suppliers that specialize in leasing/selling used equipment.
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