Alan Chenkin, Owned a Cabinet shop for 10 years, and was an AWI Member.
The best bandsaws have professional features.
Look for ball bearing roller guides for the saw blade, vs. steel blocks on the cheaper bandsaws. The saw should also have an easy to change blade system, and dust extraction.
Look at this from the web:
14-in. Band Saw Reviews – Woodworking | Videos | Plans | How To – Woodworkers Journal
Tool review: Deluxe 14-inch Bandsaws – Wood Magazine
Two Bandsaws I like:
My favorite was an old Delta, rusty, noisy, cantankerous – but great to learn on. Sometimes you can find one used in the classifieds or at a yard sale. Unless it is the bargain of a lifetime, most people only buy one or two bandsaws in their lives; it’s a major shop purchase (like a jointer or table saw) and should not be a hasty decision.
Amazon.com: New Complete Guide to the Band Saw, The: Everything You Need to Know About the Most Important Saw in the Shop (0858924001463): Mark Duginske: Books
If your shop is small, you can mount the saw on wheels, so you can store it out of the way. You can get a wheel kit like this one:
Adjustable Mobile Base for Power Tools HTC-2000 – Give Your Workshop Breathing Room by Making Your Larger Tools Mobile (up to 500 lbs.!) – Toolstand – Amazon.com
Your bandsaw is one of the most useful tools in the shop. It can cut thicker Stock than your table saw, and do fancy scroll-work. Make sure you have the right blades and it will be a valued addition to your work shop.
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