Originally Posted by John Smith_inFL
WoodnThings - I was referring to the compact design of the 9" bandsaw.
it is lightweight and portable. in no way was I referring to the cutting
parameters or anything else to do with the cutting aspects or safety issues.
"assuming" the O/P does not have a "shop" and will be most likely working
in the garage or carport or back patio, I feel the small tabletop bandsaw would be
better than something that takes up floor space.
at the risk of "thread drift" - - - - - the safety issues and horror stories of cut off fingers,
poked out eyes and people being scalped, the subject matter is for a couple of entry level tools
for a beginner teenager. I gave my personal opinion. if you disagree, so be it.
I consider myself an "expert" on bandsaws.
I designed one for a Masters Degree in Industrial Design. The model stood in the University Fine Arts museum for a long time. See My Photos.
I have some experience using them.
I own and operate 4 wood cutting models, 1 combination wood/metal and 2 metal cutting models. I weld my own blades. I resaw my own stock on an 18" Min Max. My 10" Craftsman was a gift to my 10 year old son who showed no interest in it. The 10" is not bad little saw for the money, <$200.00 at the time.
It is not all that light, and is fairly stable, which is important for safety.
When the OP asks about which tools/machines to get for a young person, I immediately think "safety first", not floor space which was my priority for my son. The title of the thread is "Safest equipment for my niece"
My point was not meant to be critical, strictly factual. Don't take offense, because none was meant. I am not a member of the "safety police" and I've been criticized here for ripping on the RAS and other table saw setups. This setup was a bit off the track, but it worked well and required only one bevel setting: