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New Bandsaw for the shop6/13
Hello all, I am in the market for a new bandsaw for my shop. I am going to AWFS to look at everything, but I wanted some advice/opinions. I will be using the saw for resawing and some scroll cutting. I have been looking at the Mini-Max 16, the Laguna Italian made 18" and the Hammer N4400. Just yesterday I saw the Powermatic PM1500 for the first time and was impressed. I like the PM1800 but is a little out of the price range. The thing I am most worried about is service. The Powermatic seems like it would be the easiest to get serviced, but the others may never need much service. So what are your opinions/ experiences that would be helpful?
One of the mistakes I made when I bought my resaw band saw was getting too small a wheel. I thought an 18" saw would do the job..........and it does but with some issues.
The biggest problem with an 18" saw is stress on the 1" and larger saw blades. Over the years we've tuned things well enough so that carbon steel blades last until they are dull but they are on the edge of fracturing at that point. I could not use a carbide tipped 1" blade as it would break before it dulled. I certainly would not get any resharpenings out it.
My recommendation is to step up to a 24" saw. I personally think a standard 24" band saw would be preferable to an 18" resaw. If the 24" saw has the greater height capacity of resaws then that is a bonus.