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band saw table--which should I keep

#260472 by farley » Thu Jun 13, 2019 2:38 pm

So I already have two band saws---I don't need a third.
I recently got a SS that I am going to make into a stand along drill press only
It came with a band saw. The band saw is fine--it has the old case iron table, so it's older than my other two.

other than table size and that it's magnetic, is there any other reason to keep this band saw and sell off one of my others.
Thanks in advance
J

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Re: band saw table--which should I keep

#260474 by robinson46176 » Thu Jun 13, 2019 3:07 pm

I kept the aluminum table band-saw and sold the cast iron table band-saws. I'm not so sure that was the right choice... :confused:
I do like the bigger table but sometimes wish I could use the miter-gauge as a fence on quick cuts. You just lock the miter-gauge in the cross slot and you have a fence. You can also set the miter-gauge angle off a bit to allow for any tendency for the blade to lead to one side.
All a matter of preference... Not a huge difference either way.


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Re: band saw table--which should I keep

#260475 by farley » Thu Jun 13, 2019 3:15 pm

year there is the fence issue.
and after reading a lot of post...i am think keep the new one

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Re: band saw table--which should I keep

#260477 by jsburger » Thu Jun 13, 2019 5:15 pm

farley wrote:year there is the fence issue.
and after reading a lot of post...i am think keep the new one


There is a fence available for the aluminum BS table and it is capable of being off set. You can also get the table extension which is very handy at times. Last, there is the circle cutter. It works extremely well and cuts perfect circled.

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John & Mary Burger
Eagle's Lair Woodshop
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Re: band saw table--which should I keep

#260481 by larryhrockisland » Thu Jun 13, 2019 10:20 pm

I have one each. I like being able to raise the SS to the drill press without having to remove the band saw. Works with the cast iron table but not the aluminum one, at least for me. My aluminum table came with the kreg fence system that SS used to sell and there is an angle on the back that may be interfering but I need to check closer. I would have to get the eccentric tubes and it seems they would put extra stress on the side of the casting.

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Larry Hargrove
Rock Island, Ok
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