Turning Archive 2005

Subject:
Bandsaw comparison

Dawn Adams
>I have to make a decision. I can get one of the following bandsaws and am not sure which would be a better choice for me. I can't see using it for much more than cutting bowl blanks and wonder if the larger bandsaw is not just a waste of my money for my uses or if I may at times need the larger horsepower. Maybe being new to turning, I don't realize what else I will be using the bandsaw for. Opinions are solicited and needed!

Option one: (approx. $625) Jet 14" closed bandsaw with 6" riser block, 1HP, 110V, includes Carter bandsaw guides.

Option two: (approx $900) Rikon 18" bandsaw, 2HP, 220V.

Thanks in advance!

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