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Top 10 Best Bandsaws for Woodworking (Updated 2023 Review)

Updated: Aug 22, 2023

Best Bandsaws for Woodworking

High-quality band saws perform a versatile range of precision woodwork significantly better than other machines in the shop. Take my seventeen years of experience in woodworking for it.

Band saws make fast safe straight cuts.

They’re designed for resawing thick boards with precision.

They can cut perfect circles. Square edges. Mortise and tenon and Dovetails.

I’m not going to say that I would want to use every band saw on this list. But having worked in dozens of shops, I’ve used them all. So which one fits your needs, space, and budget?

There are many types of bandsaws: Mini Table Tops 8”-9”(without a Base), Small 10”-14” and Large 15-20”, horizontal bandsaws, and nowadays even handheld bandsaws. The tabletop ones are not going to get you very far. These machines are for tiny shops. The motors are weak and the clearance will limit what you can make.

In my shop, I have two bandsaws. The small saw is a Delta 14” 1hp. I keep a 3/8” blade on it for finer curved work. The second is a larger Laguna 18” 3hp bandsaw. I keep a 3/4” blade on it for straighter even cuts and resawing wood.

JET JWB-10, 10-Inch Bandsaw w/ Stand

The JET JWB-10, 10-Inch Bandsaw w/ Stand is a reasonably powerful and versatile tool for a small machine. This bandsaw features a powerful 1/2 horsepower motor that can handle tough cuts, making it ideal for ripping and cross-cutting large pieces of wood. The 10-inch blade capacity allows for working with larger pieces of wood, while the cast iron table provides a stable and durable surface for cutting. The stand that comes with the bandsaw is heavy-duty, allowing for a solid and stable base to work with. The JWB-10 also includes a quick-release blade tension lever and a blade tracking adjustment, this makes for easy adjustments and blade replacement. The fence is nothing special but it's better than most small bandsaws. This tool is great for beginning woodworkers or hobbyists.

The RIKON 10-Inch is not as good quality but is more budget-friendly. I find that this band saw has the best price for those who want something more affordable.

The motors are average, but they will do the job. Not much finesse here.

Rikon is not remarkable but it is a reliable brand. That’s why part of this list is the Rikon 10-3061 10" Deluxe Bandsaw, which I would say is a much better machine. The main difference from the other 10-inch Rikon is that the Deluxe has faster speed and a better-quality fence.

Grizzly G0555LX Deluxe Bandsaw

For the woodworker on a budget, this is a good 14-inch bandsaw. The Grizzly is equipped with all the basic features you will need in a bandsaw. It’s an industrial-grade band saw (thus the price). This saw cuts nicely with well-made guides that keep the blade straight, and a decent amount of power.

The 14-inch band saw has a large cutting area to help you handle bigger jobs. The Grizzly G0555 has a 6-inch maximum cutting height, good if you’ll be handling thicker pieces of lumber. Its frame is made well so expect it to be a stable base while cutting. However, the fence is not the best but I guess that’s acceptable for this price.

Delta 28-400 14 in. 1 HP Steel Frame Band Saw

I have to mention Deltas because "Made in America." Delta is over 100 years old and is still churning out quality products with a bang for the buck price. This saw is well-made and will last you a very long time. It's made with a heavy-duty steel frame with an industrial finish (black and gray). Its 1HP power delivery is good for its category. The cutting is pretty good and I appreciated the wider table.

The only drawback about this Delta band saw is that it's nothing spectacular for its price and features. It's right smack in between the "best 14-inch band saw" and the "best budget 14-inch band saw." It is priced somewhere in the middle too.

JET -14SFX 14" Steel-Frame Bandsaw

The JET 14” SFX is a bit more expensive but it's a better machine. Jet is owned by Powermatic so you know the quality is top-notch. It has a cast iron table that has 360 sq. in. of surface. The aluminum fence is surprisingly good and is a great height for resawing. The saw comes equipped with JET's adjustable blade guard for easy & simple adjustment. The JET 14” band saw has 13 inches of cutting capacity. The dust ports are 4-inch for ultimate dust collection. It's a midrange machine definitely not as lightweight as the previous but not a heavy-duty one either. I recommend this saw for those in a small or medium shop. It has a small footprint and a heavy-duty base. The design is ideal for cutting medium size pieces of wood. Great for woodworkers in. a garage or basement shop who need an affordable and quality bandsaw. Good performance without breaking your budget.

Powermatic PM1500 15" Bandsaw (1791500)

If you like a superb 15" Bandsaw the Powermatic's PM1500 15" is the way to go. And like any Powermatic made product, everyone will say "You get what you pay for." This has a very powerful HP motor and is able to cut what it needs at top-level precision. Its T-square style Accu-fence provides an extra level of safety and accuracy. And like its big 20" brother, Powermatic's PM1500 15" blade tension with electrical interlock is a great addition for safety.

A few extra well-thought-out details are the fence which is smooth, sturdy, and tall, perfect for resawing. Also, the protective guard has a measuring gauge adding an extra layer of precision and protection.

Grizzly G0513 2 HP Bandsaw, 17-Inch

Ok, back to the slums, with machines the majority of us can afford. I appreciate Grizzly for making affordable quality band saws. I'm listing another Grizzly product but this time on the bigger 17" saw. The Grizzly G0513 2 HP Bandsaw, 17-Inch is the "Best Budget Large bandsaw." This guy cuts well and can handle most sized projects but I wish Grizzly would've put a bit more power in it. It currently only has 2HP. I find that its fence is very low, but that can be fixed with an upgrade. All in all, it gets the job done and Grizzly equipment is always priced well for your wallet. Do yourself a favor of ordering a fence upgrade along with this bandsaw or make your own to increase the fence height.

SCM 18" Bandsaw

The SCM 18" Bandsaw is a powerful industrial machine. It can and will cut anything from 1" sheet goods to 16/4" hardwoods. It has a large cast-iron table surface which makes handling materials easier. The fence is basic and could definitely be better for the price. However, the S45N is a high-quality bandsaw and has an 18” wheel flywheel. The resaw height is over 12 inches, this type of machine is made for resawing. I also like that it comes with a push stick that's easy to keep on the machine.

Laguna 18" HD Bandsaw

Moving on to the bigger options, the Laguna Tools MBAND185400 Italian 18 HD Bandsaw. I have had this bandsaw in my shop for over a decade! For some reason, it reviewed badly on Amazon but it's the 3rd best on my list. Like a Ferrari, it’s Italian-made. The welds and seams are excellent. At 4.5hp-5hp, it’s a lot of power and cuts smoothly.

At this price, it comes with a lot of bells and whistles. It has 14-inch wheels and a 12-inch height capacity. I’m able to tilt its cast iron table 7 degrees to the left and 45 degrees to the right. This creates a range of cuts I can make with this bandsaw. I also bought the optional pro light system for better illumination on my work. The quick-release tension lever on the band saw blade is a big plus.

I love this very dependable machine. I’ve had mine for quite a while and have never encountered any problems with it. It's a great machine for a professional woodworker at a decent price point, and if you’re a serious woodworker, it’s a steal!

Powermatic 20-Inch Bandsaw, 5 HP, 1PH 230V

Ok, we've now entered dream machine territory. You might say that this is super expensive and you’re right. At almost six thousand dollars, the Powermatic 20-Inch Bandsaw 5 HP 1PH 230V is a luxury good. But, there’s a reason why Powermatic is so expensive. They have the most powerful motors and pay more attention to quality details like metal fences, clearance plates, bearings, and guards. Cutting with this machine is fun.

It weighs a hefty 959 lbs. This bandsaw is rated at 5 hp and cuts through wood like butter. It cuts so smoothly that hardwood doesn't even feel like "hard." I love that it is equipped with a tool-less adjustment system. It lessens set up the time to do what you need to do, cut. I also like the blade tension with electrical interlock release prevents the bandsaw from starting when de-tensioned.

For large projects that need power, the larger resaw with precise cuts, this is your perfect workhorse.

There you go, that's my top 10 picks of the best bandsaws for 2021. And unlike other reviewers, I've personally used all of these bandsaws. I tried my best to include a very wide price range for every type of woodworker. Some of these are very expensive so I understand that this might be the first and last bandsaw you'll ever buy in your lifetime. I hope you liked this review and continue your love for woodworking.

If you are getting ready to set up your shop, what Band Saws are you considering for your shop?



Disclosure: I only recommend products that I have used myself or have in my workshop. All opinions expressed here are my own. This post may contain affiliate links that may earn a small commission, at no extra cost to you.

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25 août 2023

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10 août 2022

Great article,

I have checked out the all products very well, the first thing that I have noticed is that this list has included the best tools. moreover, the review of every tool is well explained and can be understood easily.

keep up the good work with a great struggle. Thanks,

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