I own a Jet 14" bandsaw and do not own a table saw. When
buying machines, I decided to buy a bandsaw before a table saw. Now I may never
purchase a table saw. What I like about
- Quiet. A bandsaw is quiet compared to
a table saw.
- Small. A bandsaw takes up much less floor space than
a table saw.
- Versatile. Here are some of things you can do on a bandsaw:
cut small pieces without jigs,
taper a table leg without a jig,
saw a log into boards,
cut tenons with only a fence,
and perform free hand cuts.
- Small kerf. Bandsaw blades are thinner than table saw
blades, so you waste much less wood, particularly when ripping and resawing.
- Safer. Of course a bandsaw can injure the operator, but
I feel it is much safer because you are less likely to
have a catastrophic injury. For a comparison, read the
WWA Accident Survey. In particular, a bandsaw will not
kick back work at the operator like a table saw can. However,
cutting a dowel on a bandsaw is very dangerous.
In general, a bandsaw is not good at dealing with sheet goods (plywood, MDF, etc.) simply because the sheets are usually much bigger than the capacity of the saw,
but I really don't like using plywood, so that has worked out well.
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