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band saw or table saw
« on: February 27, 2016, 01:04:05 PM »

Afternoon All.

I'm look to buy either a bench band saw or bench table saw. which would be more useful.

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Re: band saw or table saw
« Reply #1 on: February 27, 2016, 01:43:23 PM »

I have been looking at a number of options myself.


These were of interest.


1. Worx bladerunner 2.
I am still considering one of these because of ease of use.
http://www.amazon.co.uk/WORX-WX572-Blade-Runner-Table/dp/B00V4HNE2Y/ref=sr_1_1?ie=UTF8&qid=1456578613&sr=8-1&keywords=worx+bladerunner
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=CRuUlMwNeJI
This is a tabletop fret saw that will do what a bandsaw and table (circular saw) will do. They seem well rated.


2. POWER8 workshop.
18v cordless power tool system. If I was putting modelling tools together, and I had none already, this would do me.
Rated highly on Amazon and another member on here gave it the thumbs up. Convenience of cordless as well.
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=GFnYRUyBQg4
http://www.amazon.co.uk/CEL-18V-POWER8workshop-Lithium-WS3E/dp/B00YOZC8O8/ref=sr_1_2?ie=UTF8&qid=1456580001&sr=8-2&keywords=power+8

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Re: band saw or table saw
« Reply #2 on: February 27, 2016, 01:55:54 PM »

For modelmaking a bandsaw is much more useful IMO.

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Re: band saw or table saw
« Reply #3 on: February 27, 2016, 01:57:45 PM »

For modelmaking a bandsaw is much more useful IMO.


If you are just considering a band saw Vs table saw, then I have to agree.
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Re: band saw or table saw
« Reply #4 on: February 27, 2016, 02:08:38 PM »

cheers all,  :-))

i get a bandsaw thanks

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Re: band saw or table saw
« Reply #5 on: February 27, 2016, 02:27:32 PM »

I concur with the majority of members.  A band saw is far more useful in the model making context.  The circular really only cuts straight lines and although they can be handy the band saw would be far more versatile and will also cut straight lines.  Go for a good make and check as many product reviews as you can.  Also choose one that has easily available or common sized blades.
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Re: band saw or table saw
« Reply #6 on: February 27, 2016, 02:34:30 PM »

One thing I have seen on the woodworking forums.
If a budget saw is properly set up, tuned/tweaked, and fitted with a quality blade, it can perform much better than it does out of the box.
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Re: band saw or table saw
« Reply #7 on: February 27, 2016, 02:42:00 PM »

I have the Power 8


Its a great bit of kit, but can be a bit of a faff when converting between functions
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Re: band saw or table saw
« Reply #8 on: February 27, 2016, 03:14:24 PM »

Hi, I have seen a band saw with an adjustable guide to give straight cutting so you get the best of both.
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Re: band saw or table saw
« Reply #9 on: February 27, 2016, 04:11:31 PM »

For straight cutting with a band saw the wider the blade the better  Bill..
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Re: band saw or table saw
« Reply #10 on: February 27, 2016, 08:45:34 PM »

Power 8 and similar systems like the impressive 'Shop smith' are excellent providing you are good at planning ahead, as once you remove the so and so tool, it will lose the accurate cut/drill/routing set up meaning that if you forgot you needed to do more of the same or break a part then you have to set it up again and regain that accuracy or the new/extra bits will not be the same.

A band saw is very versatile and I have found that a quarter inch deep 14tpi blade is the most versatile, being able to cut metal as well as wood and plastics.

Do be mindful also, that a size/make of tool can go out of production and so the stock of spares may become scarce. The lower blade guid holder on mine broke and Axminster sent me the very last one they had. There looked to be a slight imperfection in the metal causing it to fail but the saw was no longer in warranty.

Enjoy the machine and look after it as it will save you time and improve accuracy.
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Re: band saw or table saw
« Reply #11 on: February 28, 2016, 11:20:45 AM »

Go for the band saw but keep one blade just for straight cutting. Once a blade has been used for curved work it will never cut a correct straight line. Something to do with different amounts of wear on the teeth (or so my old college tutor used to say). And get the widest blade you can fit on your machine for straight cuts (you wont be tempted to use it on curved cuts.
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Re: band saw or table saw
« Reply #12 on: February 28, 2016, 02:52:09 PM »

cheers all for advice. just popped to machine mart and got one.

suprised how quite it is  :D . nearly walked out with a lathe too but common sense kicked in  :((
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Re: band saw or table saw
« Reply #13 on: February 28, 2016, 07:26:50 PM »

Darned common sense! A Lathe is very versatile and can be used for some milling jobs.
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