01-18-2010 07:42 PM
There are a number of good ones. The traditional Delta 14" is hard to beat. For $1000, you could also consider a used 20" Delta. It is far more than twice the saw a 14" is.
01-18-2010 07:43 PM
I won't tell you what to buy (you'll get plenty of opinions soon enough) but I will ask you what you plan on doing with it. Is this your first one? Are you planning on resawing with it? Why a bandsaw before a table saw?
01-18-2010 07:59 PM
I got Delta unit that will cut wood and metal. I just don't use it much. It's been sititng for many years... sigh
01-19-2010 04:53 AM
Well, I was just researching bandsaws and had settled on the Grizzly G0555x and riser http://www.grizzly.com/products/14-Extreme-Series-
01-22-2010 09:14 PM
01-22-2010 09:24 PM
But you don't pay an arm and a leg extra for the "custom" blades from quality on-line sources, and Grizzly does sell TimberWolf blades in addition to it's private label brand. I wouldn't call it a major factor in deciding.
01-23-2010 08:19 PM
If I were in your sitution, I would try to find a good 14" used Delta or Jet Bandsaw for less than $400.00. I would use the remainder to find a good used Unisaw and a used planer or 6" jointer. Now this is my reasoning: You can recoup most of your money when you sell them if you want to upgrade. Most hobbiests do not really need a larger bandsaw, although I do have a Rockwell 20". I use the 14" most of the time. A good Unisaw or some other good brand such as Jet cabinet saw will last a long time. I will get some flack from my suggestions, but I have a great time using my used tools, and I have had excellent service from the older machines since they were built to last. Even my old Walker Turner Cabinet Saw has never given me enough trouble to buy another one. After all, once you bring that $1000.00 bandsaw home and use it one time, it is going to be a used unit, and you will still need the other tools. On the other hand, you may have plenty of $ to get anything you want! If you do, go for the new one!