Two-Speed Bandsaws are Overkill for Woodworking
I’ve seen several woodworking bandsaws with two speeds. When should the slower speed be used and when the faster one?
Dick Schamberger, Painesville, OH
The faster speed is for woodworking. The slower speed is actually for cutting non-ferrous metals like brass, copper, and aluminum. Typically, the slower speed is not slow enough to cut hard metals like steel. Don’t bother buying a two-speed bandsaw, unless you plan to do metalwork regularly. For occasional cutting on non-ferrous metals, you can use a woodworking bandsaw equipped with a regular tooth, 14-tpi (teeth per inch) woodworking blade.