Grizzly G0457 14" 2 HP Deluxe Bandsaw
Although all the saws Ive included on this list are high-quality saws, which will give you years of great work, I have to say that Im really impressed by the Grizzly G0547. This is a really high quality saw, manufactured specifically with the idea of being able to resaw hardwoods. The two most important features of this saw, as compared with the others are its motor and its fence. The motor is an amazing two horsepower, making it clearly the largest in its class. This might not be important when cutting out the curved rockers for your grandkids rocking horse, but when you get around to resawing some oak to make her a jewelry box, youll be glad to have that extra power. The 6-inch tall resaw fence is the biggest in its class as well. Everyone elses fence is much shorter. This will help guarantee that those of us with clumsy fingers can keep our wood vertical while resawing it. The fence has an actual rail (another uncommon feature on band saws) like a table saw, with a magnified scale for precise positioning. Everything else about the saw is well made too. Ball bearing blade guides are standard, along with heavy duty wheel bearings. Grizzly actually computer balances their wheels (much as automotive wheels are balanced) to insure smooth running, without wobble. The frame is one piece, as opposed to a more common two piece frame, to insure minimal flexing. This is a wonderful tool. If I was in the market for a band saw, theres no question that this would be the first one Id take a look at.