1. I Am Professional Woodworker. Does Bench Model Suit My Profession?
No, bench top models are generally manufactured for seasoned woodworking hobbyists. A floor model i.e. bandsaw with solid base is must-have equipment in woodworkers arsenal, as they can make your tasks accurate ad precise.
2. How Band Saws are Measured?
Bandsaws are generally measured by their wheel’s diameter and throat capacity, both have the same length. That the reason you find 14” inch bandsaw, 18” bandsaw, etc on the product label. The diameter is used to determine the widest cut the bandsaw can perform. If you see 14” bandsaw, then it will cut 14” widest cut on wood. Band saw comes in many varieties in diameter and 14” is most commonly used by many professional woodworkers as well as seasonal hobbyist.
3. Is Frame important in buying band saw?
Yes, they are absolutely must-look features in bandsaw. Generally, two types of frame are being available i.e. cast iron and welded steel frame. Cast iron frame is the latest trend and used in many modern bandsaws because they are strong and heavy duty. As for the case of welded steel frame, they are also heavy duty and the main purpose for woodworkers to go for welded steel frame is that during heavy cutting load, they absorb the vibration resulting in precise cutting of wood.
4. What about Base of Band Saw? Is it equally important like Frame?
Yes, base is as important as frame because a heavy duty base also absorbs much of the vibrations and helps the woodworkers to cut the wood smoothly with optimum accuracy. Generally, they are two types of base available in the market i.e. closed and floor-based model and open and panel-based models. All the woodworkers prefers closed and floor-based model because it helps in all woodworking tasks.
5. Do Horsepower of Motor Matters in Band Saw?
Yes, horsepower matters in bandsaw and basically 1-hp motor is enough for daily woodworking operations but nowadays, woodworkers are preferring >1 hp motor because they want a powerful motor to cut thicker wood stock. If you perform lot of resaing then 1 hp motor is best suitable for your work.
6. How important is looking for Blade Width during Purchase?
Blade Width is important because many bandsaws accept narrow 1/8 blades for cutting detailed designs and tight curves, while some accepts wider blades. So, you need to carefully coohse between wider blades and narrow blades.
7. How useful is Riser Block in Band Saw?
Nowadays, a lot of band saws are integrated with riser blocks. For example, if a riser block is attached to 14” bandsaw, then there is greater possibility of increasing your cutting capacity from 6 inch to whopping 12 inch with no hurdles and difficulties. Such is the handy feature of riser block in the bandsaw. In addition, your job majorly consists of resawing, creating lumbers from large logs and cutting bowl blanks, then riser block is must-needed feature for you to consider before buying band saw.
8. Does Guides Helpful in Resawing?
Surely, block-style guide are easily adjustable and the best feature is that they work extremely well with the narrow blades. You can easily replace stock metal guide bloaks with cool blocks because they can be adjusted near to the blade, as this action will give you better support in using narrow blades of 1/16 inches. Another guide available in the market is euro-style guide, which are extremely useful, when you use wide blades for resawing purposes. If you use narrow blades, then this euro-style guide can be headache for you.
9. Should I Buy a Band Saw, if it has Column Mounted Switches?
Yes, Simplified control switches mounted on column are absolutely useful, as you can turn on and off easily as well as conveniently.
10. What to look in Wheel Covers?
If the wheel covers are hinged, then it is very easy for you to change the blades. In addition, you can even check the blade conveniently. If the wheel covers are removable, then you will face some problems in changing or checking the blades.
11. How many Styles are Guards available?
Generally, there are three types of guards available with bandsaws i.e one-piece, telescopic and two-piece styles.
12. Which type of Guard is Easiest to Use?
The telescopic and 1-piece guards are extremely useful and basically easy to use.
13. In which Model, Height Adjustments are Easy to Use?
With rack and pinion guards, height adjustments are straightforward to use and if ever, the knocking lob is loosened, then this adjustment will avoid the guard crashing to the table. Nowadays, spring loaded and anti-slip guide post are available In most bandsaws because they keep the guard from crashing in case of locking knob getting loosened.