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What Bandsaw?

I'd like to buy a Bandsaw and I'm not sure which to buy. I'm considering the Grizzly G0555P or G0555X or G0513P or the Shop Fox W1706 or the Delta 28-206. I'm so confused!

I plan to use it for my wood carving and making bowls and such on the lathe. I'm not sure how musch resawing I'll do, but I will do some. I also need it for detail work. Can a 17" machine do small work?

Is 1 HP enough?
Are cast iron wheels worth it?

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I bought the Shop Fox last spring and have been very happy with it. It runs smooth with its CI wheels, has nice BB guides and the upper guide is adjustable by a hand wheel so you don't have to worry about unlocking it and having it thud against the table. It is has a 14A motor so it's a 'healthy' 1 horsepower.

The only thick stuff I have resawn so far was a 2x12 piece of pine, but it did that without drifting (I got the riser kit when I bought it). It has a nice storage cabinet underneath along with a quality fence, too.

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I have a Delta 28-206, and it's done everything I've asked it to. It is a little tricked out though, carter guides and a step pulley drive for VS. Oh yeah...got a cobra tension spring...gotta get that band tight! No riser though. With a 1/8" ribbon I can trace a quarter. We have an older Grzz 513 at work, and I'm not impressed.

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I have another question....some of the bandsaws offer 2 speeds and some don't...does this matter?

For instance the Grizzly G0555P has 2 speeds , 1 HP motor with aluminum wheels and the Grizzly G0555X has 1 speed, but it has 1.5 HP motor with CI wheels. The Shop Fox W1706 on the other hand has 2 speeds, 1 HP motor and it has CI wheels. Is that a compromise between the 2 Grizzly's?
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According to the Shop Fox manual, they recommend the slower speed for narrower blades and cutting curves, plus ripping stock under 1 3/4". You can find a link to the manual on this page: http://www.woodstockint.com/SHOP-FOX...Bandsaw/W1706/ and the speed/blade chart is on page 30.

For thicker cuts, crosscutting and resawing they say to use the faster speed. I always have my saw set to the higher speed anyway. I'll have to experiment sometime.

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According to the Shop Fox manual, they recommend the slower speed for narrower blades and cutting curves, plus ripping stock under 1 3/4". You can find a link to the manual on this page: http://www.woodstockint.com/SHOP-FOX...Bandsaw/W1706/ and the speed/blade chart is on page 30.

For thicker cuts, crosscutting and resawing they say to use the faster speed. I always have my saw set to the higher speed anyway. I'll have to experiment sometime.

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So, if you feel you need 2 speeds. 1 for resaw, and 1 for scroll work, you don't need a 2 speed bs. You need 2 saws!
I have an old Delta 14, and when I found another 14" saw (J-Line) for cheap at a yard sale, I bought it. What a pleasure, not having to change bands, for a quick cut. I upped the speed on the Delta, for better resawing.
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