This article is from the Woodworking FAQ Collection 2, by multiple authors.
From: firstname.lastname@example.org (Jan Isley)
Date: 6 Feb 92 21:48:41 GMT
email@example.com (Frank Caggiano) writes:
>Having decided to purchase a bandsaw for my shop I would
>appreciate hearing from anyone with experience, recomendations,
>etc. I will be purchasing at least a 16 inch saw.
I have had the Delta 14" with riser blocks for several years.
2 of my brothers have a Sears 12" saw (2 different Sears models).
My Delta is by far a better piece of equipment than either of their
Sears saws for not much more money than they paid. I won't even get
into Sear's use of vastly inferior motors.
You say "at least a 16 inch saw". Do you mean one of the many 16",
3 wheel saws on the market? If so, I urge you to reconsider and I will
offer you 2 of many reasons why you do *not* want a 3 wheel bandsaw.
blade life is inversely proportional to the radius of the wheel it
turns over. 3 wheel saws use *small* wheels.
difficulty of alignment (and maintaining it) of the system goes up
exponentially with the additional wheel. The loss of rigidity is
only partly to blame for this and causes its own set of problems.
Bottom line, I wouldn't even trade my Delta for Inca's 3 wheel model
which is the only 3 wheel model I would consider and then only as a
Woodsmith has done a couple of articles on bandsaw tuning and sawblades
that I consider to be much better advice than the ones Fine Woodworking
have done. I will look up the issue numbers if it matters to anyone.
"Getting the most out of your bandsaw" by Delta is a good book.
Inca's book (forget the name) is good too.