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    Be cuting 1" cedar would a jig saw do or should i be looking for a band saw? Hobby only

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    Re: Jig saw vs Band saw

    Much depends on how big a piece of cedar (or any other wood piece) you want to cut and what kind of cut you are intending to make.

    There are no practicl limits with a hand-held jig saw (sabre saw) as far as the width and length of the stock goes. With a bandsaw, you can cut almost any length, but you're limited in width to the throat of the bandsaw... in other words, a 14" bandsaw only has approximately 14 inches between the blade and the body, a 9" has about 9 inches, etc.

    Regarding depth, the band saw is surely the winner as even with a little 9-inch, you can cut better than 3-1/2 inches deep, with the only concern being the power of the motor and the hardness of the stock that you are cutting.

    Likewise, a bandsaw will cut a much narrower kerf (blade path) and considering that there is little to no vibration, the cut will be more precise. In addition, you can cut rather small and intricate pieces which would be impossible with a jig saw.

    I hope this helps,

    CWS
    Last edited by CWSmith; 01-20-2010, 08:12 PM.

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    • #3
      Re: Jig saw vs Band saw

      I would say get a jigsaw....I bought a 14"RIDGID band saw...right now it's just taking up space.I have a cordless jigsaw that I use most times.
      I suppose it depends on what you're doing.

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        Re: Jig saw vs Band saw

        I am from the old school. A jigsaw was a table mounted saw that used a coping saw blade (or similar) and a hand held saw was a sabre saw. Which are you referring to?

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          Re: Jig saw vs Band saw

          I use my band saw 95%+ over a jig saw, (hand held sabor saw). and my band saw is a smaller band saw.
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            Re: Jig saw vs Band saw

            Buy all three, bandsaw, scroll saw and a jigsaw. Use the bandsaw for resawing your cedar or when you want to work quickly. Use the scroll saw for intricate work. If you really just want to have some fun, use the jigsaw and remember to whistle when you use it.
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            • #7
              Re: Jig saw vs Band saw

              Personally the jig saw is my least favorite tool. When I made a set of adirondack chairs I got a band saw to avoid using a jig saw. Turns out I use the band saw way more than I thought I would, one of my favorite tools. I am even re-sawing with it. Dont get me wrong, the jig saw is very handy and can get into places a band saw cant. I only use the jig saw when I have no other option.

              If space is an issue a table top band saw could be nice. But if you dont have a jig saw yet you may want to get it. While I like the band saw much more I think a jigsaw is a more essentail tool to have on hand.

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              • #8
                Re: Jig saw vs Band saw

                The only time I will use a saber saw is when I can't take the work to the bandsaw for whatever reason, or the cut is just impossible on the bandsaw or some other tool.




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                • #9
                  Re: Jig saw vs Band saw

                  Originally posted by Pipestone Kid View Post
                  I am from the old school. A jigsaw was a table mounted saw that used a coping saw blade (or similar) and a hand held saw was a sabre saw. Which are you referring to?
                  I was refering to the sabre saw. After reading all the responses Im realizing I need all the saws mentioned, sabre,band,jig, depending on the situation.Thanks folks for the help

                  Gary

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                  • #10
                    Re: Jig saw vs Band saw

                    Originally posted by Pipestone Kid View Post
                    I am from the old school. A jigsaw was a table mounted saw that used a coping saw blade (or similar) and a hand held saw was a sabre saw. Which are you referring to?
                    I remember back when Delta made them and people used them as a sort of what today we call a "Scroll Saw". They were not near as precise but you could do some scroll type work.

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