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    Chris Hatfield is offline Former Member (by the member's request)
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    In need of a band saw

    I'm trying to cut out pieces to make the legs for my chairs, and a jigsaw is absolute murder on my arm. I'm using way too much effort, an wasting too much wood. So, I feel it's finally time to get a band saw.

    If you've seen my shop, you know the issue is space. Well, and power too. So as much as I'd love a 14" model, I just can't. So I'm looking at 9" and 10" bench models. And since I'm going small, I really don't feel the need to spend a lot of money.

    Of the entry level models out there right now - The Ryobi BS903, the Skil 3385, the Craftsman 21400 (or any others sub-$200) and that can cut at least 3" stock, what would you go for?

    Or what other solution would you use to cut out curves?

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    IMHO, anything smaller than a 14" bandsaw is a useless toy. You will be dissapointed. Do try to find room in the shop for a decent bs. Put on a mobile base or whatever.
    Another solution, don't use 'flat' legs. Get a lathe.
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    +1 for what Frank said. I have the Griz G0555 on a mobile base and just put away when not in use.

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    Chris I have the little Ryobi, it is good for 1/4 plywood. That's about it. I know some use small ones for sizing pen blanks and stuff, but don't waste your money, it's too hard to come by.

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    If I bought a saw that big it would have to sit outside. I simply do not have the room.

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    Any chance then of maybe finding someone's you could borrow?

    My dad had a little 3 wheel craftsman benchtop. Just could not keep the thing tracking no matter what.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Brent Dowell View Post
    Any chance then of maybe finding someone's you could borrow?

    My dad had a little 3 wheel craftsman benchtop. Just could not keep the thing tracking no matter what.
    My dad a one also and the wheels are so small the blades just wont track. I have a 12" and while it gets the job done I wish I had a bigger one. It's fine on 4/4 but try to cut 8/4 or re-saw and it bogs down.
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    I have a 10" saw that is very useful. It is only used for very small cuts and I have a 17" saw for actual bandsawing. You are saying that the jigsaw is killing your arm. I am wondering about he jigsaw. My Bosch 1591 cuts 8/4 hardwoods with very little effort and leave a scary-smooth surface. If room is a problem and you don't bandsaw much, a good jigsaw will do many things.
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    Perhaps. It's the 18v Ryobi, but my issue was more with how much sawing I was doing.

    This weekend is going to be a full on cleanup in the yard to get rid of my waste, and if I get a chance I'll be pulling all unnecessary things out of the shed and under the house that is safe to put down there. I might have a better idea of just how much room I'll have. But I would be shocked if I made enough room for a big saw.

    So I won't be able to try out a couple of different techniques to get this thing cut until Monday at best.

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    18 Volt? Cordless?

    Maybe a Bosch 110v would be just the ticket. It is a very good jig saw, and certainly smaller than a bandsaw. Less than $200, too!

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