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    Looking at purchasing a small bench top band saw. I don't have the space or desire to buy a large model. There is a model made by Skil and I have given some thought to that. Sawn out blanks are more to my liking. Thanks for your input.

    OF

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    I have one and seldom use it because I carve smaller pieces directly from the blocks. Seems to do the job when needed though. I got a finer saw band because the one that came with it was coarser than I needed for the smaller cuts.
    Bill
    Living among knives and fire.

    http://www.westernwoodartist.com

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    • #3
      i have a 10 inch craftman that isnt a bad saw at all its more dependable than my 14 inch rikon and the blades are much cheaper i wouldnt get a used one unless you really are familiar with saws but you have other options one of those handheld rotary saws can do a lor and then there is that saw eith a single oscillating blade similar to a scroll saw which is another option. I went for years roughing out with a big gouge but seldom do so now my best suggestion is the 10 inch sears

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      • #4
        Send a PM OF and I'd give mine away if you are in the area...
        Bill
        Living among knives and fire.

        http://www.westernwoodartist.com

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        • #5
          It is a long way from the Great Lakes to the Oregon coast. Thanks very much for the offer.

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          • #6
            Most saw makers have a bench-top band saw in their line-up. Slight design changes but clones.
            Mine just happens to be a Delta, had it for years. Sometimes used a lot, some months gathering dust.
            I bolted it to a piece of 3/4" plywood for portability. That is just clamped to the bench. Nothing jumps around at all.

            You really need some sort of dust control, the saw can pump it out at a good speed.
            I stick the nozzle of my ShopVac into the exhaust port. Noisy but with muffs, it works.
            Get a cheap 2" long bristle paint brush. Keeping the guts clean is a good plan.
            Brian T

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            • #7
              Originally posted by Old Forester View Post
              It is a long way from the Great Lakes to the Oregon coast. Thanks very much for the offer.
              Dang, waaaay too far.
              Bill
              Living among knives and fire.

              http://www.westernwoodartist.com

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              • #8
                I have a benchtop saw at my place in Florida and a 14 inch at my home, other than the the added 2 inches of thickness the larger saw can cut I don't see much difference. Just don't get a small saw with 3 wheels.

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                • #9
                  Have a 10 inch Craftsman works great

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                  • #10
                    I have a benchtop Ryobi that has worked well for me. The choice of blades will be an important factor regardless of which brand you choose.
                    Arthur

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                    • #11
                      As Arthur says, the blade is very important. I bought a 9 inch Craftsman with a brand new Craftsman blade and it didn't cut worth "stuff". It would not track straight, and I could only cut a curve to the right... I was a bout to junk it when Lynn Doughty recommended a Timberwolf blade to me. That first blade was a wonder! It tracked straight, it would cut tight curves in either direction. I've never bought any other brand since. I use a 3/16" 4TPI blade from Suffolk Machinery Corp. - Timber Wolf Band Saw Blades With my 9 inch saw I have no trouble cutting 3 inch thick basswood, and I have also cut 3.5 inch aged walnut with it.

                      Claude
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                      • #12
                        I'll vote for the Timberwolf blades also. Big difference.
                        Bill
                        Living among knives and fire.

                        http://www.westernwoodartist.com

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                        • #13
                          Yep. Timberwolf blades!
                          Arthur

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                          • #14
                            Another vote for Timberwolf blades and I too like the 3/16th blade for detail cuts.

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                            • #15
                              Rikon 10 inch bandsaw . Changed the way I work

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