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What features should I look for in a new bandsaw. I am wired for 220 and am willing to part with $1500.
 

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With your budget, Id be looking at a 17" Grizzly. Go to there site and look around. They have several with different features.
 

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This is the model Grizzly I own. http://www.grizzly.com/products/g0513x2/images/
It has been a great machine, tracks nicely, plenty of power and is pre wired for 220v.
The reason behind wanting cast iron wheel is that it gives it mass and that if I remember right means better cutting power.
I have seen their models in the store, as I live near a Grizzly and the cast iron tunnions are a big step up from their base model.
No problems resawing with a 1/2 or 3/4" resaw blade.

I'm not overly familiar with other makes but I have heard good things about the Laguna. Good luck in your search!
 

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Rikon 10-345. Great saw from a great company. Great capacity, 2.5 hp motor with a 3 hp baldor as a reasonably priced option.
 
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