lower guides are fixed. Look for upper blade guides that remain parallel to the blade when locked in any position on the guide post.
There are two basic types of guide blocks: ball bearing and metal. (See photos, below.) Ball-bearing guides do a better job of supporting the blade than metal guides do. and among the ballbearing guides, the European-style guides are easier to adjust than their American-
Metal guide blocks require more clearance on both sides of the blade, but they're inexpensive and easy to replace.
Rigid frames cut down on vibration and provide more support for blades. In general. cast-iron frames or welded, heavy-gauge steel frames are more rigid than aluminum frames.
Choose a saw with a table that fits the way you work. If you plan to cut oversize stock, look for a large table.
A table that tilts in two directions instead of just one allows you to handle a larger variety of angled cuts, such as dovetails. Look for a smooth table-tilt adjustment where the table engages the trunnions. Also, check that the table locks securely at any angle without flexing.
Blocks and bearings. Solid metal guide blocks (left) are simple in design and inexpensive, but they don't provide the blade support that's possible with guides that run on ball bearings. European-style guides (center) are easier to adjust than American-style guides (right).
Floor models are the real workhorses among bandsaws for a simple reason: You can do small work on a large band-saw, but you can't tackle large work on a small one. Heavy-duty machines can accept narrow blades to make delicate
I cuts like the smaller benchtop saws. And with ■ their heavier
Irames' larger throats and r^^^^^g^^m more powerful m motors, these JRi machines can also cut through thicker and denser stock. Mount a wide (3/8-in. or wider) skip-tooth blade and you're set ^u for resawing.
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