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I am an avid hobby guy, and I have been trying to do some precision cuts with butternut, an incredibly difficult hardwood. I want to buy a mid range band saw. I have no idea what kind of AMPs are needed for cutting through dense hardwood, or what kind of blades would be good to use. I see a lot of people saying that 2.5 to 3.5 amps is too weak for most woods. I am cutting through a 2x4 piece of butternut that is 32 inches long. I want something that will handle that, and maybe some slightly large pieces of wood for future projects. I have no experience with band saws, so terminology is a bit lost on me. Any suggestions would be appreciated!
 

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I would think that a decent mid range bs would have a 1/2 hp motor for light hobby work, or 3/4 - 1 hp for heavier hobby work.
 
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