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    Default Band Saw - What should I look for.

    I am in need of a Band Saw. I am no carpenter but can turn my hand to most things. I have a lot of balconies to replace which involves cutting patterns in the boards. I've done some using a jig saw but I think a band saw would be better. It is on a budget so commercial or serious hobby kit is out of the question.

    What should I be looking for?
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    Default Re: Band Saw - What should I look for.

    I too am thinking about a band saw but I doubt I'll have the choice that you'd get in the UK. However, if you have to make a lot of the same bits have you considered making one good one (maybe with your jig saw and then making copies using a template bit in a router?

    The woodworkers will be along in a bit though Ali so you'll hopefully get a decent answer.

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    Default Re: Band Saw - What should I look for.

    Sorry I can't help you out but I never use em and don't have one.
    Can't think of any mates in the same trade who do, unless they are a bench joiner and have a joiners shop. Site carpenters hardly ever have them.
    For me I'd be tempted to do a template and draw round that, cut round it with a jigsaw if its on a few cuts or make a template and use a router instead.

    I'd have far more use for a metal cutting one than a wood cutting bandsaw.
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    I've never used a Router.

    I have a good Template. The work involves a repeating curved pattern down both sides of a "plank" about 1000 x 220 x 22mm. There are many pieces to cut. They seem to use Band saws out here to do the job but I am open to advice.

    I'm in Austria by the way.

    I've been using a good quality Jig Saw to date but having watched a Band Saw the cuts seem to be better with the blade naturally holding the wood on the plate. The nature of the curves required don't really necessitate relief cuts. With the amount of wood in the place I could see a regular use for it.
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    Default Re: Band Saw - What should I look for.

    Quote Originally Posted by Ali View Post
    I've never used a Router.

    If you get one, and if you have a template then it'll make life easy, Ron Fox will help you out:


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    Quote Originally Posted by Ali View Post
    I've never used a Router.

    I have a good Template. The work involves a repeating curved pattern down both sides of a "plank" about 1000 x 220 x 22mm. There are many pieces to cut. They seem to use Band saws out here to do the job but I am open to advice.

    I'm in Austria by the way.

    I've been using a good quality Jig Saw to date but having watched a Band Saw the cuts seem to be better with the blade naturally holding the wood on the plate. The nature of the curves required don't really necessitate relief cuts. With the amount of wood in the place I could see a regular use for it.
    Well to be fair it does seem like a bandsaw is the best option, you could tape or even screw the boards together at the ends (leave the boards a bit over length so you can cut the hole the screw makes off after) and cut them in a batch of several at a time.
    Plus if as you say you could make good use out of one after its a worthwhile investment.

    I still don't know good makes though.
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    I can't really offer much advice as my kit is industrial, but for your work look for a saw that will run a 1/2" wide blade with ease, and then use either a 1/2" or 3/8" blade with either 3 or 4 teeth per inch. Blade quality is going to be the most important thing with cheap kit, and don't touch Saws UK for blades. If you buy blades from a UK source, use Axminster Power Tools.
    The only other bit of advice that I could give, is to buy an old saw rather than a modern one. The components are going to be of better quality, and the saw is more likely to have a sturdy cast iron table.

    Probably the best starting point for you would be just look on Youtube and search for Bandsaw set up.

    A 1 1/4" blade can cut curves such as these.



    1/2" or 3/4" blade will do this.





    A 3/8" blade will do this.


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    I spent over 90 on blades with Saws UK, they didn't last at all, I thought it was me.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Zanx View Post
    I spent over 90 on blades with Saws UK, they didn't last at all, I thought it was me.
    I can name three other people besides myself who have in the past bought blades from them and all of us would never touch them again.

    My experience has been one of incorrect blade lengths supplied, despite written instruction. And several blades that have snapped on the welds as soon as the saw is used. The welds are frequently wrong as well, and the blades rock backwards and forwards, meaning that they cannot be set up properly. Their attitude when I have been in to complain is one of tough shit.

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    I can name three other people besides myself who have in the past bought blades from them and all of us would never touch them again.

    My experience has been one of incorrect blade lengths supplied, despite written instruction. And several blades that have snapped on the welds as soon as the saw is used. The welds are frequently wrong as well, and the blades rock backwards and forwards, meaning that they cannot be set up properly. Their attitude when I have been in to complain is one of tough shit.
    Is there anyone apart from Axminster you can recommend? Axminster don't have 130" blades.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Zanx View Post
    Is there anyone apart from Axminster you can recommend? Axminster don't have 130" blades.

    Someone did give me a name a few weeks ago, and I promptly lost the details.

    Said person is away for a week on hols, but when they return I shall find out for you.

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    North London Saws are a local place to me, I am 95% sure they supply blades, as well as sharpening bench saw blades.

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    Bedford Tool & Saw - Tools, Saw Accessories, Woodworking are really nice guys too.

    Oh and EddieJ don't what ever you do look here: Traditional Tools

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