A Band Saw uses a blade consisting of a continuous band of toothed metal rotating on opposing wheels to cut material. They are used principally in woodworking, metalworking, and lumbering, but may cut a variety of materials. Advantages include uniform cutting action as a result of an evenly distributed tooth load, and the ability to cut irregular or curved shapes like a jigsaw. The minimum radius of a curve is determined by the width of the band and its kerf. Most Band Saw have two wheels connected by a belt or chain rotating in the same plane, one of which is powered, although some may have three or four to distribute the load.

 

Best Band Saw 2016

1.WEN 3962 Two-Speed Band Saw with Stand and Worklight, 10″ Price: $215.05

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Product Description
Size: 10 Inch
Remember when power tools were actually powerful? Reminiscent of your Grandpa’s Band Saw, the WEN 10-Inch Two-Speed Band Saw is the perfect companion for any workshop. With a 3.5-amp motor and a 9-3/4 inch throat, this beast will attack boards with cuts up to six inches deep and 9-3/4 inches wide. Two-speed operation allows for speeds of either 1520 or 2620 FPM. The design of this saw uses 72-inch blades anywhere from 1/8 to 1/2 inches in size for a variety of both intricate and powerful cuts. The spacious work table measures in at 14 x 12-1/2 inches in size and can be swiveled up to 45 degrees. This package includes a flexible work light to illuminate the worktable, a 3-in-1 dust port to fit a variety of dust extractor hoses (1-3/4, 2-3/4, 4 inches), a fence for creating straight cuts, and a miter gauge for angled cuts. Ball-bearings give the blade smooth operation and a long lasting life for years of dependable service. The easy-to-assemble stand elevates the Band Saw without sacrificing space on the shop’s work bench. And because it’s a WEN product, your WEN 10-Inch Two-Speed Band Saw comes backed by a two-year warranty, a nationwide network of skilled service technicians and a friendly and helpful customer phone line all to make sure you remember WEN. Remember when you had a versatile and powerful woodworking saw? Remember WEN.

2. Rikon 10-305 Band Saw With Fence, 10-Inch Price: $299.98

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Product Description
Get all of the features of a full size Band Saw in this bench top model. The large cast iron table, edge facing thrust bearings, a powerful 1/3 HP induction motor, and 4-5/8 in cutting capacity are all of the features you come to expect as standard from Rikon. Add the optional stand for the functionality of a floor model. Specs: 1/3 HP, 3.5 amp motor, speed 2780 ft/min, safety paddle switch. Cutting capacities: Height 4-5/8”, Width 9-5/8”. Table is 13-3/4″ x 12-1/2″. Edge facing thrust bearings. 70-1/2″ blade range from 1/8″ to 1/2″.
From the Manufacturer
The Rikon 10-Inch Band Saw Model 10-305 offers all of the same quality features found in larger Band Saw. Includes 1/3HP motor, cast iron table and 4-5/8-Inch re-saw capacity. The 10-305 also includes a fence and micro adjustable guide post height. A 2-1/2-Inch dust port keeps your work area clear of dust.

3.POWERTEC BS900 Band Saw, 9-Inch Price: $149.99 

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Patented blade guard adjustment for quick and easy blade change table with rack and pinion adjustment for easy tilt to 45 degrees blade tracking window Quick release blade tension lever makes blade changing easy (patented) Blade width range 1/8-Inch to 3/8-Inch increased versatility for scroll cutting and resawing.

Product Description
Induction Motor. 1/2 HP, 2.5 Amps, 1725 RPM, Blade Size: 62″ x 1/8″ x 3/8″, Aluminum Die Casting Table Size: 11-3/4″ x 11-3/4″, Dust Port: 2″, Throat Depth: 9″, Max. Depth of Cut at 90 degrees: 3-5/8″, Max. Depth of Cut at 45 degrees: 2″. 50 lbs
From the Manufacturer
Induction Motor. 1/2 HP, 2.5 Amps, 1725 RPM, Blade Size: 62-Inch x 1/8-Inch x 3/8-Inch, Aluminum Die Casting Table Size: 11-3/4-Inch x 11-3/4-Inch, Dust Port: 2-Inch, Throat Depth: 9-Inch, Max. Depth of Cut at 90 degrees: 3-5/8-Inch, Max. Depth of Cut at 45 degrees: 2-Inch. 50 lbs.

4. Grizzly G0513ANV 2 HP Band Saw Anniversary Edition, 17-Inch Sale: $850.00

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Features & Specifications:

Deluxe extruded-aluminum fence Includes miter gauge Two 4″ dust ports Quick-change blade release/tensioner blade tension indicator Micro-adjusting geared table Blade height scale measurement Blade tracking window Includes 1/2″ 6-TPI hook blade Motor: 2 HP, 110V/220V, single-phase, TEFC capacitor start induction, 1725 RPM, 60 Hz, prewired 220V Amps: 20A at 110V, 10A at 220V.

Power transfer: Belt drive Precision-ground cast-iron table
Table size: 17″ x 17″ x 1-1/2″ thick
Table tilt: 10° left, 45° right
Floor to table height: 37-1/2″
Cutting capacity/throat: 16-1/4″ left of blade
Maximum cutting height: 12-1/8″
Blade size: 131-1/2″ long
Blade width range: 1/8″ – 1″ wide
2 blade speeds: 1700 and 3500 FPM
Wheels: Computer-balanced cast-aluminum with polyurethane tires
Wheel covers: Pre-formed steel
Blade guides: Euro-style roller disc with full enclosure protection
Bearings: Sealed and permanently lubricated
Overall size: 73″ H x 32″ W x 32″ D
Approximate shipping weight: 342 lbs.

5. Grizzly G0555LX Deluxe Band Saw, 14-Inch Price: $604.00

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Product Description
We have redefined what a 14″ Band Saw should be like and have incorporated features into this saw that normally are either optional or unavailable on other Band Saw on the market. Grizzly knows Band Saw inside and out, and the company offers one of the largest selections of Band Saw in the world.

Features:

  • All ball bearing construction
  • Cast iron frame
  • Precision-ground cast iron table
  • Computer balanced cast iron wheels with rubber tires
  • 4″ dust port
  • Upper and lower ball bearing blade guides and thrust bearings
  • Open frame stand
  • Includes 3/8″ blade, extruded aluminum fence, and miter gaug.

6.Laguna Tools MBAND1412-175 14 x 12 Band Saw, Black/Grey Price: $1,172.00

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Product Description – Two years in the making, Laguna is finally ready to introduce the 14|12. This is Laguna’s first foray into the 110 Volt segment. The result is an amazing feat. Features include pyramid spine, 1 3/4 HP TEFC Motor, quick release tension, 115 volt outlet and micro polished 21″ X 16″ table mounted onto oversized Trunion paired with Aluminum Hi/Low Fence. Solid Cast Wheels are electronically, dynamically balanced and fitted with polyurethane one-piece tires designed to run cooler and last longer than conventional tires. The worm gear and pinion is ultra-smooth and engineered to have minimum flex even when fully extended. This is a trade mark of Laguna, just like the famous ceramic Laguna guides. Double windows allows you to check both tension and tracking while the machine is running. Options: Wheel System Industrial Flood Light: Quick Release Blade Tensioner w/ 6 and 11 O’clock stops, Precision Tension Scale, Hand Wheel Conveniently Mounted under Upper Cabinet, 4″ Dust Port. Innovative Table Insert Forces Dust into Port, Laguna 10 Point Ceramic Blade Guides, Magnetic Blade Guard, Ultra Smooth Worm Gear-driven Rack and Pinion, Minimum Flex in Guide Post even when fully Extended, Premium Throat Plate 2-7/8″ X 5-1/4″ with Set Screws, Dynamically Balanced Cast Iron Wheels, Polyurethane Single Piece Cold Running Tires, Flat Poly-Groove Drive Belt, Massive Adjustable Lower Wheel Shaft, Blade Speed Optimized for Wood Cutting, Heavy Duty Enclosed Stand with Rubber Pads, Dual Windows Display Tracking and Tension Information, Euro Style Adjustable and Replaceable Door Hinges, Two-Tone Powder Coated Paint, World Class Fit /Finish. Please note that the flood light and wheel kit shown in the image is sold separately.

7. JET JWBS-14DXPRO 14-Inch Deluxe Pro Band Saw Kit Price: $999.99

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Product Description – The JET 14in. Deluxe Band Saw shown with optional fence is designed to meet the needs of today’s most demanding woodworkers. There is no need to add a riser block this 14in. Band Saw comes with a massive cast iron frame for increased power that makes it ready to meet all resaw applications head-on. Couple this incredible feature with a new high tension spring design and many more amazing features, and you have a Band Saw that will last for years to come. Cutting Depth at 90 in. 12, Cutting Angles 10 left, 45 right, Blade Size L x W x Thickness in. 93-105 x 1/8-3/4, Cutting Capacity SFPM 1,500/3,000, Stand Included Yes, Variable Speed No, HP 1 1/4, Dimensions L x W x H in. 29 x 28 x 77, Volts 115/230, Cutting Capacity – Flat Stock in. x in. 13 1/2 x 12. Built-in 12in. resaw capacity for cutting larger pieces of wood 2-speed poly-V belt drive system Newly designed upper and lower cast iron frame for increased strength and rigidity Easy to view blade tracking window Blade guide post with rack and pinion adjustment Upper and lower ball bearing guides reduce friction for longer blade life Quick-release blade tension for convenience Enclosed stand with storage shelf and easy access door Built-in retractable blade guard moves up and down from 0-12in. resaw High tension spring design allows for greater blade tensioning 15in. x 15in. table 43 1/2in. table height 4in. dia. dust port 300 CFM minimum dust collection 14in. wheel diameter.

  • The JWBS-14DXPRO offers power, versatility, and durability. View larger.
  • Quick-release blade tension ensures fast adjustments.
  • Blade guides offer superb precision with every cut.
  • A dust port helps keep your workshop clean.
  • High Cutting Capacity and Built-in Retractable Blade Guard for Versatility.
  • To power through material of various sizes, this Band Saw offers a cutting capacity width of 13.5 inches and cutting capacity height of 12 inches. It also offers a built-in retractable blade guard that moves up and down from zero to 12 inches, so you have the versatility to work with both smaller and larger work pieces.

Cast Iron Frame for Powerful Performance
With its massive, super-tough cast iron frame, and a blade speed of 1500/3000 SFPM, the JWBS-14DXPRO packs a powerful punch to cut through material quickly and easily. The rigidity of this newly redesigned frame also allows for even the toughest resawing jobs and saves you the hassle of using a riser block.

Sturdy Table for a Wide Range of Projects
Thanks to its sturdy, 15 x 15-inch work table that’s designed to tilt 10 degrees left and 45 degrees right, the JWBS-14DXPRO gives you the flexibility to meet the unique demands of each project. And with a height of 43.5 inches, the table ensures you can meet a range of woodworking jobs head-on.

Upper and Lower Ball Bearing Guides for Reduced Friction
The JWBS-14DXPRO’s redesigned features lend incredible durability. Most significantly, upper and lower ball bearing guides help to reduce friction, which enhances blade performance and translates into longer blade life.

A Range of Features for Precision and Safety
An efficient poly-v belt drive system provides more precise results while giving you the choice of two speeds for better control. Additionally, a convenient quick release blade tension ensures flexibility and fast, effortless adjustments. There’s also a blade guide post with rack and pinion adjustment for better accuracy, and an efficient high tension spring design for consistently powerful performance even after repetitive and long-term use.

Easy-View Window and Blade Guide Post for Safety
Safety is of utmost importance when working with spinning blades. That’s why the JWBS-14DXPRO includes an easy-to-view blade tracking window. With this handy feature, you’re always aware of the blade’s position as you work.

8. Delta 28-400 14 in. 1 HP Steel Frame Band Saw Price: $549.36

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Product Description – 14-Inch 1HP Steel Frame Band Saw. @ speeds for added convenience, Heavy Duty Steel Frame Construction. All Ball Bearing upper and lower Guides. 2 Durable aluminum, rubber tireed, 9 spoke precision balanced wheels for superior blade tracking. Dust brush on lower wheel keeps blades clean; poly v-belt drive for smooth operation. Over sized table 15 3/4-Inch by 18 7/8-Inch precision ground cast iron; 4-Inch intregral dust port. Takes a standard 93 1/2-Inch blade.

Heavy duty steel frame design reduces flexing and features a superior finish and aluminum trunnion table support for long-lasting durability 1 HP, 115V/230V, 1 phase TEFC motor with 2 speeds: 1,620 FPM and 3,340 FPM for wood and non-ferrous metal cutting Two-speed pulley with easy tensioning system Durable aluminum, rubber-coated upper and lower 9 spoke wheels are precision balanced for superior blade tracking Oversized 15 3/4 in. x 18 7/8 in. precision ground cast iron table with t-slot miter capability tilts 3° left to 45° right with a positive stop at 90°.

9. SKIL 3386-01 2.5-Amp 9-Inch Band Saw price $299.97

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Product Description –  The SKIL 3386-02 120-volt 9-inch Band Saw features a 2.5-Amp motor, a ribbed aluminum table with tilting adjustment ranging from 0 to 45, and a blade guide adjustment for custom depth settings. This versatile band saw is intelligently designed with an attached flexible lamp for increased visibility and a mitre gauge. The table top is a full 11-13/16-inch square and the cutting depth is 3-1/8-inch with a throat depth of 9-inches. It comes with a flexible work light, blade, parallel guide, miter gauge, and hex key.

  • Rip fence for straight, accurate cuts
  • Articulating LED work light for better view of work piece and cut-line
  • Features a 1-1/2-inch dust port that keeps work area clear of dust
  • Rack and pinion table adjustment for quick angle and height adjustments
  • Motor is 1-speed for wood or metal based materials

10. JET JWBS-18QT-3 18-Inch 3-Horsepower 1PH Band Saw with Quick Tensioning lever Price: $1,939.99

Product Description – This powerful JET 18in. Band Saw features a 3 HP motor, attractive styling and a 3-position quick tensioner for fast, easy release of blade tension and quicker blade changes. Cutting Depth at 90 in. 12 1/4, Stand Included Yes, Cutting Capacity – Flat Stock in. x in. 18 3/8W x 12 1/4H, Dimensions L x W x H in. 33 x 22 x 71, Cutting Angles 10 left, 45 right, Volts 230, Cutting Capacity SFPM 1,800/3,200, Blade Included Yes, Variable Speed No, Blade Size L x W x Thickness in. 137 x 1/8 x 1 1/2, HP 3, Blade Type 3/4 in., 4 TPI wood. Triangular design frame provides superior column rigidity 12 1/4in. resaw capacity for cutting large pieces of wood, slicing veneers and cutting book matched panels 19in. x 19in. precision ground cast iron table for added stability and work support Precision computer balanced wheels eliminate vibration for accurate blade tracking Quick-release blade tensioning with 2 convenient settings one to release cutting tension and a second release setting for blade changes Upper and lower ball bearing, micro-adjustable blade guides for proper support during the cut of different size boards Tool-less, independently adjustable ball bearing guide system for for quick and easy adjustments and smooth operation 8-spoke band wheels computer balanced to spin true without vibration Rigid, heavy-duty guide post with rack and pinion adjustment for extra blade support All cast iron handwheels make smooth, easy blade adjustments with less effort Blade tracking window and light colored tire provide clear view of blade during tracking Dual locking cabinet doors allow access to blade when necessary Blade tension scale allows precise blade tensioning Single knob tracking adjustment simplifies the blade tracking process Exclusive quick-release, precision T-square style rip fence with resaw post 4in. dust port allows for direct connection of dust collection system 400 CFM minimum dust collection 37 1/2in. table height.

Specifications

Motor: 3 horsepower, 1 phase, 230 volt
Band Saw size: 18 inches
Cutting capacity: 18-5/8-inch width; 12-1/4-inch height
Blade width: 1/8-inch minimum; 1-1/2-inch maximum
Blade speed: 3000 sfpm
Table dimensions: 19 square inches
Table tilt: 10 degrees left, 45 degrees right
Dimensions: 71 inches by 22 inches 33 inches
Weight: 387 pounds
Warranty: 5 years, limited