Best Band Saw Reviews

The bandsaw is a very innovative and helpful tool to have in the garage or in the warehouse. Bandsaws are almost a necessity for woodworkers because of its versatility. These tools are mainly used to make curving cuts and for re-sawing. This is something that is needed quite frequently while making furniture, crafts and other goods. Like all tools today there are so many brands out there to chose from that it can become tiresome, stressful and down right boring to chose the right one. Picking the best bandsaw just became easier!

The main goal for us is to give you bandsaw reviews for the latest and best band saws on the market in order to help you chose the best tool for the money…without being too awfully tiresome, stressful or boring for that matter.

Throughout My Band Saw Reviews you will find advantages of certain models over others and disadvantages as well. We have set up this easy 2018 Band Saw Comparison Table which will help make your choice easier. Hopefully by the time you leave this site you will have a good understanding of which tool may be right for you.

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DEWALT DCS374B 20V Max Deep Cut Band Saw Review
  • 5'' cutting capacity
  • LED Work Light with a 20 second delay
  • Variable speed trigger and dial allow for versatility and control
  • Integrated hanging hook
  • Battery sold separately
  • Battery & Charger Sold Separately
Milwaukee 2429-21XC M12 Cordless Sub-Compact Bandsaw Review
  • One-Handed Cuts: Most compact size and lightest weight of any cordless band saw; SFPM: 280
  • Powerful Motor: Cuts 3/4" EMT in 3 seconds, up to 150 cuts per charge with the XC battery; Blade Length: 27" x ½" x .020"
  • 1-5/8" Cut Capacity: For a wide range of applications; LED Light: Highlights the cut line
  • Meets OSHA Guarding Requirements: Suitable for One-Handed use; Length: 11 "
  • Blade Tension Adjustment: Adjustable blade tracking; Voltage: 12V, Tool Warranty 5 Years
RIKON Power Tools 10-324 14″ Open Stand Bandsaw Review
  • Ball-Bearing Blade Guides - Upper and lower ball-bearing blade guides and thrust bearings reduce friction, increase blade life and contribute to the smooth operation of the machine during cuts
  • Rack and Pinion Guide Post - Adjust the cutting depth easily with the turn of a knob. New inch scale helps set guide heights
  • Extra Tall Rip Fence - Increased fence and re-saw bar heights of 6" give added support of lumber being ripped or re-sawn
  • Rear 115V Power Outlet - Handy electrical outlet for plugging in lights, radios, phone chargers and more
  • Takes 111" Blades - Band saw accepts all styles of 111" long blades from 3/16" to 3/4" in width
SKIL 3386-01 2.5-Amp 9-Inch Band Saw Review
  • Rip fence for straight, accurate cuts. 6-TPI band saw blade cuts through a variety of wood materials
  • 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
Review: WEN 3962 Two-Speed Band Saw with Stand and Worklight
  • 3.5 amp motor creates cuts up to six inches deep and 9-3/4 inches wide
  • Uses 72-inch blades anywhere from 1/8 to 1/2 inches in size
  • Spacious 14-1/8 x 12-1/2 inch work table bevels up to 45 degrees
  • Operates at two speeds of either 1520 or 2620 FPM.Dimensions of the stand: 13 3/4 L x 15 3/4 W x 25 1/4H (Inches)
  • Includes a 2-year warranty, a work light, a 3-in-1 dust port, a fence, a miter gauge, and a 3/8-inch blade (6 TPI)

To start off, there are three main types of these tools in which you can purchase, bench-top, stand mounted, and floor standing. Each one of these can have their own advantages and disadvantages that make it the best in it’s class. It all depends on how much usage the tool will have, size of pieces you will be working with, your budget, and of course your liking.

Types:

This is a summary of advantages and disadvantages of each type of bandsaw that you we will discuss.

Bench top:

Bench-top band saws are for individuals that will need portability. Most bench-top band saws have anywhere from 8-12″ wheels depending on the brand you chose. The benchtop bandsaw is also the least expensive out of all the other saws which will be mentioned. Benchtop bandsaws are arguably the best band saw to chose because of portability and weight, however it likely depends on the work you will be doing.
Best Suited for: Light usage; home handyman, hobby woodworker
Pros: Cheapest, lightest, portable
Cons: Cannot be used for internal cutting, small cutting capacity, limited cutting space
Benchtop saws can be found here.

Stand Mounted:

Stand mounted saws are typically sold in a 14″ diameter configuration.

Usually stand mounted tools are mounted on cast iron stands for safety or on top of metal cabinets. The stand mounted band saw is the medium price range band saw on the market.

Best Suited for: Most curve cutting, small wood shops, most to all wood working tasks

Pros: Very inexpensive compared to floor-standing models, versatile, small work shop footprint
Cons: Limited cut capacity, small motor so limited on board thickness

Floor Standing:

This is the biggest type of bandsaw that you can purchase typically coming with a 14-18″ diameter blade. Floor-standing band saws have the largest motors of the three types. These are the preferred type to professionals due to the rugged frame construction and versatility.

Best Suited for: Professional use, heavy woodworking, good for very thick board stock
Pros: stable, powerful, and very consistent
Cons: The most expensive of the three, large shop footprint

Key Features:

Now that we have discussed the three different types of band saws, we will discuss the main features that you should factor in when deciding which band saw to purchase. These features can make woodworking easier and some may even make your profession harder. These are things you must consider when determining the right fit for you.

Throat Size:

The throat size is easily explained as the cutting width of the saw. For example, if there is a 17″ tool, that saw will have a cutting width of 17 inches. Some higher priced models of band saws have the option to switch out blades for narrower cutting width. It should be carefully noted that the narrower the blade, the less life you will get out of a blade.

Motor Power:

This is the amount of power that the tool will have. It is recommended as a general rule of thumb to get a 2HP motor on a bandsaw to prevent binding. For lighter usage, a 1HP motor may suffice. You will also get a longer life out of a larger motor running at a lower work load than a smaller motor running at a full work load. A smaller motor may burn up quickly if ran under a heavy work load for a considerable amount of time.

Wheel Size:

Wheel size is one of the more important things to consider when deciding which tool to purchase. It is recommended that the bigger the wheel size the better. Smaller wheels perform worse than larger wheels because of the smaller blades having a high tendency to bend.

Blade Width:

When selecting blade width you must decide on what kind of projects you will be dealing with. If you will be making intricate curves or fine cuts, you will want an 1/8″ wide blade, whereas if you are ripping lumber you may want to get a wider blade for greater cutting efficiency.

Table:

When looking for a good table for your bandsaw you want to find a table that is very sturdy and does not flex. Most good tables are made of cast iron or heavy duty aluminum. A lot of individuals cut some spending on buying a sheetmetal table, however these tables bend and flex therefore do not last very long.

Type Of Use:

Whether you are looking for a band saw to use everyday or to use once a month, all of these factors come into play. You also will want to factor in warranty and manufacturer reputation when choosing the right tool for the money.

Whether cutting wood, metal, meat, or plastic each band saw generally works the same. The “band” in its name comes from the formation of its blade. A band saw uses a continuous band of metal with teeth that rides along two or three wheels on the same rotating plane. Blades can consist of fine teeth cuts and plain scalloped knife-edges that are usually made out of high quality steel. Saws themselves are often powered by an electric motor but can be powered from anything such as water (in some wood factories) to steam (in some industrial applications) and even by animals. We have provided band saw reviews for a wide variety of band saws ranging from units you can use in your home garage for simple woodwork, to automated industrial saws that cut steel for automotive parts.

Band saws come with different blade feed features. Gravity fed band saws use a blade that falls against hydraulic cylinders. In our review gravity fed band saws work well for small saws. During our band saw reviews, the saw we found fit for heavier production use was a hydraulic feed saw in which the blade is pushed by the positive pressure of a hydraulic piston. Larger diameter blades are commonly used for cutting wood and timber. Thinner blades with a larger number of small teeth are typical in metal-cutting applications. In any case we give band saw ratings based on a saws ability to go above and beyond helping you complete your task. For instance in culinary applications, band saws with the best band saw ratings featured components that were easy to clean. Some of the blades that received our highest band saw ratings were even cryogenically frozen to provide superior durability when cutting through metal or hard woods. Reviews of blades made of better materials saw that when cutting irregular or curved shapes, most would hold up much longer. Higher-end band saws include automated cleaning mechanisms such as a brush to remove chips as the blade exits the material you are cutting.

Conclusion

Like any tool, a good band saw will increase your productivity while allowing you to create high quality products. There are scores of manufacturers and models that we have given band saw reviews to. By working with these power tools we continuously carve out information about the best band saws on the market. Cut to the core of your perfect band saw by searching our site to find the best tool for your job. You can even read user-generated band saw reviews and leave your own band saw reviews and ratings.

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