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Old 09-18-2017, 08:40 AM   #1 (permalink)
 
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I know this has been discussed in the past, but times change so I wanted to get current opinions. I'm in the market for a tabletop band saw and looking at the 10" (10-305) on sale at Woodcraft this month.
Is that a good option? Or should I consider something else? I would like to use it to cut blanks to size, and to get into segmenting. I'm very limited on space and any other options would need to be in the ballpark of $200. I'm also open to other types of saws.
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I use a Ryobi 7 1/4 Miter saw for cutting blanks to size. I purchased at Home Depot for about $80. Lots of low priced blades available (I use a plywood Blade) Spent some time making sure that everything was square. I now cut blanks about 1/16 inch long. Really reduces the time finishing the ends which I do on the lathe
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I have it and, IMHO, it is good. However, I have found it best to cut blanks on the table saw. Also, got this from an experienced woodworker. Just need to be very careful when cutting the 3/4 x 3/4 widths. Make use of the push stick. To be fair, I had trouble with the original blade drifting at an angle in the cut. I have a new blade with 4 tpi and will be trying it tomorrow.
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Personally I think for trimming blank lengths and making segmented blanks a table saw and a GOOD sled would be a better investment. For pen work a small table top saw is more than enough. If the grooves on the table and the saw blade are square, a sled will take care of almost everything else. Find some You Tube videos about segmenting with a sled.

I would suggest looking on Craigslist, but in Texas unless you are in the DFW, San Antonio, or Houston area you will have to wait to stumble on a reasonably priced table saw.
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Personally I think for trimming blank lengths and making segmented blanks a table saw and a GOOD sled would be a better investment. For pen work a small table top saw is more than enough. If the grooves on the table and the saw blade are square, a sled will take care of almost everything else. Find some You Tube videos about segmenting with a sled.

I would suggest looking on Craigslist, but in Texas unless you are in the DFW, San Antonio, or Houston area you will have to wait to stumble on a reasonably priced table saw.
When you say a small table saw, do you mean a 10"? I assume you don't mean the 4" minis?
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Personally I think for trimming blank lengths and making segmented blanks a table saw and a GOOD sled would be a better investment. For pen work a small table top saw is more than enough. If the grooves on the table and the saw blade are square, a sled will take care of almost everything else. Find some You Tube videos about segmenting with a sled.

I would suggest looking on Craigslist, but in Texas unless you are in the DFW, San Antonio, or Houston area you will have to wait to stumble on a reasonably priced table saw.
When you say a small table saw, do you mean a 10"? I assume you don't mean the 4" minis?
I have a 4" mini and I love it. But, it is for small detailed cuts, not 1" blanks - my 30 yr old Craftsman does that.
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8" would be fine, most of them are old iron, I now realize your are in San Antonio, there are some decent saws on Craigslist. You do not need the table side extensions, they can be removed and saved for when you ever need them. Without seeing them in person, there are 2 that look like they would be good candidates for a segment/crosscut sled.
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FOLLOWING. I'm curious also.
Same here. I'd like a small powerful quality bandsaw just to cut 2"x2" or 3"x3" x 12" into small squares for bottle stoppers or handles. My current equipment is a Stanley handsaw powered by Armstrong...ME! Time to upgrade.
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I have the craftsman version if he Rikon and love it made a cut off sled for it. That said I also have a 17" Grizzley band saw and a 10" delta table saw and a 12" miter saw but the rikon 10" is a very good saw for its size.
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