The 14-in. bandsaw offers a great blend of price and performance for the small-shop woodworker. Associate editor Tom McKenna looked at eight machines with a minimum resaw capacity of 10 in. and motors of at least 1-1/4 hp, evaluating them for the roundness and alignment of the wheels, table flatness, versatility and functionality of the fence, and guide-post alignment. He then compared the models to see how convenient it was to change blades, adjust the blade tension and tracking, and adjust the guides. Then came the cutting tests: rigorous curve cuts and resaw cuts in hard maple, using a resaw sled to gauge the speed and power of each machine. In the end he had a clear view of what each saw can do.

Models tested include: Delta 28-475X, General 690-1, Grizzly G0457, Grizzy G0555X, Jet JWBS-14DX, Laguna LT14SE, Powermatic PWBS-14CS, Rikon 10-325.

From Fine Woodworking #193