I've had bandsaws for about 50 years. Used some in production work. The 14" cast iron saws are OK for light work. Forget the riser block, the frames on the cast iron saws aren't stiff enough to decently resaw @ 6" let alone 12. They flex way too much then start vibrating like crazy. Mine is a Delta. The blade guide system is a poor design, cast pot metal that is easily broken. The 1/2hp motor is too weak for anything very thick & hard. I could go on but you get my drift. I came by a used MiniMax 17" for $400, a decent saw with a welded steel frame. SCM didn't make it. I think a company named Samco in Italy. They also put other brands on them. Though they are still not an industrial level saw, they are much better than a Delta. If you end up buying a saw with crappy guides Carter makes nice ones as retro fits. One of the problems with saws like the Delta is the sloppy upper guide column. I think almost all the cast iron 14" saws are now made in China, a race to the bottom. For very light work most any of them probably will do, just don't get a 3 wheel.