Re: Latest on bandsaw
Your choice really boils down to two things, cost and intended usage.
If you are going to be doing small detail cuts and not so thick stock, about any BS will do.
If you need to do some serious cutting, like thick blocks or re-sawing, you need to spend the money and buy the saw that can handle the larger blades well. Not to mention a bigger motor too!
Yes, you "can" stuff some medium size blades in a regular home owner saw, but they don't usually track too good and the saw will be way under powered for what you want to do.
I have a 1/2 hp Delta cast iron 14" BS and it does ok. I don't do any re-sawing but do an occasional 6" thick Oak bowl blank. It's slow going but I get it done. Most of mine is arches in 3/4" stock for entertainment centers or arched top cabinet doors. For that, anything will work.
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