This article is from the Woodworking FAQ Collection 2, by multiple authors.
From: firstname.lastname@example.org (Michael Bergman)
Date: 28 Dec 89 19:53:19 GMT
I think the answer to all your questions is summed up by: "No, band
saws are not remotely close to table saws in accuracy or cleanliness
of cut." Band saws are great, but even a very expensive (>$1000) one
is likely to show poorer quality edges. So, where a decent tablesaw
can be used to joint edges, you would at a minimum need a jointer as
well as your bandsaw. Of course, if what you're going to be doing
doesn't involve this kind of work, that's another story.
You used to be able to get a Rockwell (now once again Delta) 14"
bandsaw, with a third party motor, new, for around $400, if you knew
where to shop. I think you still can get a used one in this price
range. I would recomend that saw, with the extension block to allow
it to cut taller pieces of wood (though if you don't need it-- don't
get it. It can always be added later. It does help get the top post
and wheel out of the line of sight if you are tall.
I would put a 1 horse motor on it.