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post #1 of 13 Old 01-06-2016, 11:08 AM Thread Starter
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What size bandsaw to buy?

Brand new to woodworking.

Right now I have:

* An old Ryobi 150 router and a couple basic bits
* Miter saw
* Circular saw

I'd like to add a bandsaw, mainly because I would like to start making bandsaw boxes.

But i'm not sure what size I would need.
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As big as you can afford. I would not recommend anything smaller than 14 inch with 8 inch resaw capability for bandsaw boxes.
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A standard 14" saw will give you 6" of cutting depth. For bandsawn boxes I'd say that's a minimum. But as with most things in woodworking - bigger is better.

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What's your budget and power outlets available for the bandsaw?

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What's your budget and power outlets available for the bandsaw?
I'd really prefer to be at $500 or less but i'd be willing to go up to $1,000 if need be.

I have 2 (120) outlets. I can have my electrician add more if need be.
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Wait for a Rikon 10-325 to go on sale or just buy it now. I got mine for under 800 bucks at Sears..lower than that I think(maybe 600).
13" resaw capability. I had a Grizzle but like this more.
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Wait for a Rikon 10-325 to go on sale or just buy it now. I got mine for under 800 bucks at Sears..lower than that I think(maybe 600).
13" resaw capability. I had a Grizzle but like this more.
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You might want to keep an eye out for a good quality used one. In home shops, bandsaws normally don't take too much of a beating. Couple years ago we found a 14" delta with the 6" extension, Carter tension release lever, Carter ball bearing guides, nice fence and a Mobil base for $200. The saw looks like brand new and is just old enough to where it was still made in the USA. This was for our woodturning club.
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You might want to keep an eye out for a good quality used one. In home shops, bandsaws normally don't take too much of a beating. Couple years ago we found a 14" delta with the 6" extension, Carter tension release lever, Carter ball bearing guides, nice fence and a Mobil base for $200. The saw looks like brand new and is just old enough to where it was still made in the USA. This was for our woodturning club.
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I thought about that as well.

Unfortunately, people ask crazy prices in my area.

Someone is asking $500 for this 20 year old rust bucket. Maybe its worth it for someone, but not to me!

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Then there is this one.

Which looks like it's from the 1800's. But the real problem is that:

1) They want $3,000
and
2) If it broke, I wouldn't even know where to start to fix it.

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Grizzly G0513 for $994 landed

Sometimes I see 10% off coupons in woodworking magazines and their catalogs. You may even be able to get one from another member here.

I own this saw and would definitely recommend it. You'll be happy that you went with the 17" and it fits your budget.

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I thought about that as well.

Unfortunately, people ask crazy prices in my area.

Someone is asking $500 for this 20 year old rust bucket. Maybe its worth it for someone, but not to me!

It's hit and miss. Just keep an eye on the ads and a good one will pop up from time to time. But when it does, you have to be quick, they don't stay for sale long. Also, watch for estate sales where the fellow was a woodworker.
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Keep looking = you'll learn enough to jump on a real deal when you see it. There are online estate sales agents with all kinds of stuff that the families just want to see gone.

Me? I've got a little benchtop Ryobi, maybe 8" throat and 2" resaw. Somehow, I'll make space for a 14" x 6" resaw which would suit me just fine. I'm _always_ looking.
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