Adding a riser block to a 14-in. bandsaw does add resaw capacity, but it doesn't provide the additional power needed for big resaw cuts, and it doesn't provide the hefty frame and the big table that help make these cuts successful. So we took a look at eight steel-frame bandsaws under $1,600 with at least  1-3/4 hp, and put them through a series of tests to judge their power, cutting ability, and build quality.
Models tested include: Grizzly GO514X2B, Grizzly GO513X2B, Jet JWBS 18QT, Rikon 10-345, Jet JWBS 18QT3, Shop Fox W1707, Laguna LT14 SUV, and Steel City 50250.

From Fine Woodworking #216