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    I am going to be investing in my shop again in the near future and I was wondering which tool to get. I have a use for both a band saw and a router. Do you have any recommendations on 1. which is more useful in your shop, 2. Brands/models to get or stay away from and 3. any other useful info on either tool.

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    I don't have specific recommendations as to which tool to get, just a few thoughts to consider when looking.

    Bandsaw;
    You first need to determine the size you need, based on what you intend to do with it. If you are resawing, you will want at minimum a 14" saw with a 1Hp to 1.5HP motor. For resawing, bigger is better, but more expensive. If you want to resaw and can only afford a 14" saw, you can get riser kits to add extra height for resawing wider stock. Resawing 12" wide boards can test a 14" bandsaw, but with the proper setup and a good blade, it is possible. Just for a sampling of what is available, check out Grizzly line of bandsaws. They probably have the widest selection of anyone. Generally speaking, they are pretty popular with home woodworkers.

    Router;
    If this is your first router, I would suggest looking into one of the multi-base kits. Several manufacturers offer kits with one motor and 2 or 3 different bases. Having a fixed base and a plunge base makes the router much more versatile. Bosch, Milwaukee, Porter-Cable, DeWalt, Hitachi and others offer these kits.

    Best advice is not to skimp on these tools. You can drop a lot of money on either of them, but consider it an investment.
    Homer : "Oh, and how is education supposed to make me feel smarter. Besides, every time I learn something new, it pushes some old stuff out of my brain."

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    • #3
      I agree with Bill. Over the years I have spent allot of $$$ on both band saws and routers. Started off with cheap Harbor Freight band saw (I still have it) and a cheap router (don't have that one...burnt up I think). I would look at the type of woodworking you plan on doing before you choose on one or the other...you may find you could have a use for both of them. A multi-based router really allows you to do so many different types of woodworking. I use a 14" Delta Band saw with a riser kit Bill is talking about. I would like to have a nice 17 - 18" band saw because I could find a good use to it right now.
      Hawaiilad
      Larry

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      • #4
        buy a good dust collection system.. start with simple and when you are ready to do the harder projects TAKE YOUR TIME...

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        • #5
          For quality band saw machine selections, click on this link www.utilitybandsaw.com .

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