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11-08-2001, 08:43 AM
There really isn't a lot of floor space back there. If I could find a good bench-top 3-wheel band saw, I could put it on the welding bench, and maybe rig something to lift it off when I need the space on the bench.
Anyone seen a good bench-top band saw? I think it would have to be a 3-wheel unit to get any throat depth.
11-08-2001, 04:49 PM
Hi Ron. I have a Grizzly horizontal saw but also a 3 wheel C frame saw. The 3 wheeler was purchased at MSC and has a variable speed. It is probably comprable to most brands. I use it mostly for wood and plastic but at low speeds I do cut aluminum and brass quite easily. The table is larger than on the Griz and is more convenient.
11-08-2001, 07:34 PM
Thanks. I have one of the 'convertible' cut-off band saws. What passes for a table on that thing you wouldn't wish on your worst enemy.
I'll check with Grizzly.
Edit: Ooops. I mean I'll check with MSC.
[This message has been edited by Ron LaDow (edited 11-08-2001).]
11-09-2001, 01:22 AM
Have you seriously considered faking structural decay of the shop? "Honey, those damn carpenter ants have chewed the crap out of the north side of my shop and it HAS to be replaced! Say, I could add another ten feet for almost the same money - how fortunate..."
After all, there are no good 3 wheel bandsaws for tabletops...
11-09-2001, 10:34 AM
Problem is, that end of the shop is 5' below grade, and the bathroom is on the upper floor. I don't think I'd get away with spending that kind of money.
I've been checking, and I think you're right. I can't find a good one. The MSC unit is 1/3HP and uses a 1/8"-3/8" wide blade; that's not going to do what I want.
Build a new table for that 'convertible'? Build a band saw? Dunno yet.