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Frank Padden
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Aug 7th, 2017 at 4:34pm
 
Right now I have a 12" Craftsman bandsaw and it does a decent job. I'm looking for something larger and more powerful. I use it mostly for cutting logs.  Any recommendations? Thanks, Frank
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Re: Bandsaw?
Reply #1 - Aug 7th, 2017 at 5:36pm
 
Frank, I really think it's going to depends on capacity and your budget.
What size logs are you going to be cutting, how often, how much do you want to invest. Do you use a bandsaw for things other than turning?
There are saws out there to fit just about every need.
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Reply #2 - Aug 7th, 2017 at 6:45pm
 
I'm looking for about a 14" or more and a vertical cutting height of 12". I'd like to be around 2hp and still run 120 volt. I use my current bandsaw just about everyday. Budget is under $1000 if possible. Thanks again, Frank
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Reply #3 - Aug 7th, 2017 at 7:19pm
 
You don't ask for much do you  Cheesy
I think I would look at one of the Grizzly saws.
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They have a few i that fit your criteria.
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Reply #4 - Aug 7th, 2017 at 9:37pm
 
I am going to get a rikon bench top band saw and stand this weekend. Eventually I will be looking at a larger machine my self, and keep going between Grizzly and Rikon.
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Reply #5 - Aug 8th, 2017 at 8:17am
 
I purchased the Grizzly 17" (GO 513) several years ago and like it. Still selling for under a grand- barely ($945 plus freight).
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Reply #6 - Aug 8th, 2017 at 9:00am
 
i have a crapsmen 12 inch (i think maybe 14 inch) want to sell and get a Multimedia File Viewing and Clickable Links are available for Registered Members only!!  You need to Login or Register

for me its 2 fold one alowing for bigger wood but 2 is my other saw had 10' blades and i woudl be able to stock one size and many different tooth profiles
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Reply #7 - Aug 8th, 2017 at 9:21am
 
Frank, a 2 hp motor should run on 220. Other than that, having the proper blade for cutting logs is huge. I have a Laguna 16HD with a 4.5 hp motor and it will walk through pretty much anything I put under it. It uses a 1 1/4 inch wide blade with teeth at 3/4 inch apart, and is made for ripping logs, if I can lift them up. Generally I use the chain saw to get things into proper size. Depending on log size, and ripping end grain vs side grain, you may need a sled. Not sure exactly what or how you will be cutting sections... Most tables are pretty small, and you may need an outfeed table as well.

Since I built my chainsaw chopsaw (video here in video section, or on You Tube), I pretty much only use the bandsaw for rounding out blanks, or cutting off extra before taking them to the circle cutting bandsaw.

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Re: Bandsaw?
Reply #8 - Aug 8th, 2017 at 10:07am
 
Frank Padden wrote on Aug 7th, 2017 at 6:45pm:
Budget is under $1000 if possible.


I don't think He's going to find a Laguna 16HD for under $1000

Rikon tools are on sale at Woodcraft right now, 15% off until the 14th.

Between the Rikon and Grizzly, looking at the specs, I think you get more from the Grizzly, JMO
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Re: Bandsaw?
Reply #9 - Aug 8th, 2017 at 1:53pm
 
+1 on Grizzly 17" Had mine for ~7 years. Just get good blades. G513 will run either 220 or 120. Mine is set for 120.

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Reply #10 - Aug 11th, 2017 at 2:36pm
 
I have the 14" Rikon (older version) it has been an excellent saw.
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Reply #11 - Aug 12th, 2017 at 9:31am
 
I too have a Grizzly w/ a 2HP motor converted to 220.  It's done all I've asked of it and it has been put through some abuse on my part and the only shortcoming I've found with my Grizzly as I really didn't care for the original guides and upgraded to a Carter.  Did I have to?  Probably not...but I found the adjustment to the originals cumbersome.  As with others...I suspect our like/dislike with whatever bandsaw we settle on to be directly proportional to the quality of blade chosen.
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Re: Bandsaw?
Reply #12 - Aug 13th, 2017 at 3:46pm
 
John Grace wrote on Aug 12th, 2017 at 9:31am:
I too have a Grizzly w/ a 2HP motor converted to 220.  It's done all I've asked of it and it has been put through some abuse on my part and the only shortcoming I've found with my Grizzly as I really didn't care for the original guides and upgraded to a Carter.  Did I have to?  Probably not...but I found the adjustment to the originals cumbersome.  As with others...I suspect our like/dislike with whatever bandsaw we settle on to be directly proportional to the quality of blade chosen.


Which Grizzly did you get and which Carter guides? Any way you could post a pic? I tried some Carter guides on mine and could not get them to fit. They did take them back, but no fix. Put the old guides back in. They are ok, but not great. I run Carter guides on my Shopsmith bandsaw and love them.
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Reply #13 - Aug 13th, 2017 at 4:49pm
 
Chris...My Grizzly is the G-0457.  You'll note, the Carter web site does not list a set of guides for my saw.  Fortunately, the folks at Carter were very helpful and one of their techs said, in my instance, the guides for my saw were the same as the Jet 14".  Suggest you contact Carter directly and work with them...they seemed fairly confident that they have a set of guides for just about everything.

Be forewarned...it did take some fiddling on my part to get it fitted properly.  But...I think doing so is well within the skill set of most of our cohorts here and in the spirit of if I can do it, I'm sure can as well.

Chris Neilan wrote on Aug 13th, 2017 at 3:46pm:
Which Grizzly did you get and which Carter guides?

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