After serving me well for over 20 years, my old worn-out Craftsman 12″ band saw needs to be replaced. I harvest my own wood (black walnut, maple, birch, cherry and sycamore) and have done a lot of re-sawing. I currently have several 1″ to 3/4″ X 12″ boards of figured cocobolo and rainbow wood from Central America that needs to be split for jewelry boxes. I tried a Grizzly 18″ band saw with 1-1/4″ blade but was unhappy with results. Whatever band saw I buy should last me through 10 more years and on into retirement so I’m looking for a real quality investment. What should I be looking for?
Michael Dresdner: “You should be looking for a winning lottery ticket. Short of that, consider a larger used unit. Used tools give you more bang for the buck, and it sounds as if that is what you really want. My dream saw is a 36″ Tannewitz, which makes a dandy resaw, but there are many industrial duty tools out there that can be had cheap when their first owners retire or go out of business.”
Rob Johnstone: “You are in luck! The Woodworker’s Journal September/October 2004 magazine is doing a review of 16″ resaw capable band saws. Chris Marshall takes you through the finer points of three great saws and a sidebar on other good tools on the market. It will be on the newsstand at the end of August.”