Tool Test: 14-in. Bandsaws
Great for curves and for resawing, these saws are the perfect fit for a home shop
Synopsis: A 14-in. bandsaw is the perfect size for woodworking, fitting in most shops without trouble. Tool guru Roland Johnson tested the latest batch of 14-in. saws, using them to rip, cut curves, and the most important test—resawing wide boards. Resawing requires a lot of cutting height, a strong motor, and a guide post that doesn’t flex. So for this test, we limited the field to saws with a 1-1/2 hp motor or larger that can resaw 10-in.-wide boards without a riser block. Johnson used the saws to cut curves, make ripcuts, and resaw wide boards. He changed the blade, and adjusted the guides. He also checked features such as dust collection and the fence, which have a direct impact on the saw’s performance.
Models tested include: General International 90-170B, Grizzly G0457, Hammer N3800, Jet JWBS-14SF, Laguna 14 SUV, Laguna 14/Twelve, Oliver 4620, Powermatic PM1500, Rikon…