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post #1 of 3 Old 07-12-2009, 03:16 PM Thread Starter
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18+" Bandsaw Recommendations.....

Based upon the bandsaws you've used or seen in action, do you have any comparisons or observations of:
(1) Powermatic's PM1800
(2) Grissly's G0568
(3) MiniMax's MM20
I'm searching for a bandsaw which can comfortably handle up to an 18" resaw. My little shop can handle 110-220v 1PH. Any suggestions would be appreciated.
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post #2 of 3 Old 07-12-2009, 05:45 PM
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Grizzly's G0568 is one of your choices

It's a 24" bandsaw, but it only has a 16" maximum cut height. To get 18" plus you'll need a 36" saw or a Band Mill. I can't imagine the need to resaw 18"+ myself. Pushing a piece that tall by hand would be scary without a power feed.
The Min-Max MM20 get great reviews and will resaw up to 20"!
I have a Mini-Max 18" and it runs like a dream so I recommend the brand.

You need to resaw 18"? This means that your lumber is a least 18"+ when you get it from the mill, right? Heck, have them resaw it. Maybe some older bandsaws with a 36" wheel will cut that height, and could be found easily these days. Our poster Kudzu is restoring one. check it out. bill
Kudzu our forum member posted this picture of a machine he is restoring, awesome!

He quotes: "I am finding a I need a bigger saw. So I bought this and working on restoring it. But not many people need a saw this big."

He also says:
"As for the upper wheel my plan is to just run it naked. That's the way this saw came. After I fire it up with a blade I may change my mind. As I said this thing spins scary fast speeds!"

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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Thanks for the advice.....

Thank you for the information and advice. BTW, I found the photo of the rebuilt machine both cool and scary. Something about that high speed spinning wheel combined with the possibility of a band snap was something I couldn't clear from my mind.
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