How to choose a good band saw 

If you are interested in working with wood, professionally or personally, you should have at least once or twice heard of band saws.  The band saw has a blade which consists of a metal band filled with teeth along the length. With a band saw, you can cut various materials with high accuracy. Especially, when you need to handle special shapes, you will find band saws extremely helpful. 

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Now that you think of buying yourself a band saw, there may be several questions that you have to contemplate. To get a basic hold of the information of band saws, you may want to read the band saw reviews. Basing on these pieces of information, you may have an idea of how to choose a good band saw. Yet if you would like some more general information, like a summary of what to look at when choosing a band saw, this article is for you.

Below are some brief guides on the basic features that you need to consider in order for you to choose the band saw that would be the best match of your needs:

1. What is your preferred size?

At first, look around your workshop and decide which size of the band saw that will be the best to assist you in your work with wood. The band saw should, at the same time, not too big to be placed in a suitable in your workshop and not too small to cut your wood piece. Normally, the size of a band saw is determined by its wheels’ diameter. Minus 1 inch, you will have the throat width which decides the largest piece that can be placed between the column and the blade. The maximum thickness that can be cut of the wood is determined by a spec called the resaw capacity. Therefore you should look at all of these measurements to choose the most well-sized band saw. For example, to have enough versatility, a band saw should at least has the resaw capacity of 12 inches.

2. How many wheels would you want?

If you look closely at the numerous options of band saws in the market, you will see that there are two basic types – regarding the number of wheels – offered: 3-wheel band saws and 2-wheel band saws.

The 3-wheel band saws, with smaller wheels compared the 2-wheel ones, usually requires the blade to change directions 3 times while functioning while the 2-wheel band saws have bigger wheels and require 2 times of direction change for blade. Therefore your blade’s life-span will be longer if you are to go with a 2-wheel band saw. However, 2-wheel band saws have much smaller throat than the other type. So, if you really need a big throat width, you can choose a 3-wheel band saw. But if the throat width is not your priority and blade lifespan is, then a 2-wheel band saw is the best option for you.

3. Choose motor that is powerful enough for your needs

A good motor with enough strength will help you to cut sharply, even with hard wood. If you are tempted by a band saw with inexpensive price, look at its motor’s horsepower before picking it up. Cheap band saws usually have small horsepower and will struggle when it has to cut hard wood. Unless you will only work with extremely soft wood, do not consider band saws with motors of equal to or under 1 horsepower; or else, your cutting speed and the shape of your cut pieces will suffer.

4. Pick the suitable blade with adequate teeth 

The teeth of a blade are normally counted by 2 methods: TPI, which means counting the teeth per inch, and PPI, which means counting the points per inch. For a normal wood-turner without any special requirements, a band saws having 3 TPI is good enough.

To summarize, this is your small check list to make if you are to buy a band saw:

– Define the size of the band saw

– Choose the number of wheels

– Go with a motor that is strong enough

– Check the density of teeth on the blade


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