Are you planning on purchasing a band saw for your projects? These are useful and awesome tools that are perfect to use for your next DIY projects! However, there are a ton of band saws to choose from, making it confusing for many people as they need something to ensure that they get their money’s worth.
So if you’re wondering how exactly to select the best band saw for you, learn more here as I show you the important factors to consider!
The Benefits of a Band Saw
Before we get into the factors to look into when selecting a band saw, let’s first see what this handy tool can do and the advantages it can offer:
- Cuts Different Materials With Precision
Just like other cutting tools, a band saw will be able to cut different types of materials, such as timber, wood and other things you can use for your projects. Some band saws also come with extra features, like a miter gauge or rip fence, which can help create straight cuts.
- Better and Accurate Results
Compared to using other kinds of tools (like a chainsaw), a band saw will be able to provide a better, more accurate result. This is thanks to the tool’s blade quality, which is straighter and sharper. Band saws would use top-quality blades that come with different features for the precise finish, like dual-bearing blade guide rollers or blade tracking adjustments.
- You Reduce Wastage
A band saw also reduces wastage. Because it has a smaller kerf compared to other tools, you’ll be able to utilize the materials used. While those tools with wider blades eat more material than the band saw’s narrow blades, you don’t waste what you cut and can use it for other projects.
Now that you know about the different uses of a band saw, what are things to look at when choosing one? Here are the important factors to search on:
Open or Closed Stand
A closed stand will be able to keep dust away from a motor and can provide space for tool storage. But an open stance is more accessible, however not as great as saving storage as a closed stand.
Frame Style and Motor Size
Most saws have the cast iron or welded steel frames (for larger saws). Cast iron is still a good choice, with quality and having the tool built to last in the long run. Focus more on the make rather than the paint finish of the tool.
As for the motor size, this depends on the intensity of your future projects. For cutting softwoods or simple craftwork, up to 1 HP is good. For cabinet or furniture making, go for something between 1 or 2 HP.
Table Top and Wheels
The table top should have a 3/4 to 3/8 inch miter slot to accept available gauges. As for its wheels, I recommend that you get cast iron rather than alloy wheels, which will provide more power. Also, focus on wheels which have more spokes, which offer less vibrations and a smoother operation.
The trunnions, which support your tabletop and help with tilting, should be big and strong enough to avoid accidents. This will make the work smoother and more accurate, preventing too much movement while you use the band saw.
Cutting Speed and Blade Quality
A good cutting speed is about 3,500 feet a minute, again, depending on how fast and smooth you want your work done. There are band saws that offer speed rated, but take note that slower speed won’t make a huge difference on the hardwood.
The blades should also be made of top quality, with sufficient tension and made for straight cuts. Another thing to focus on besides the blades is to have a fence and gauge which provide security to your material and the saw itself. It should move and lock securely while offering easy adjustment to your band.
Generic brand saws would be able to be fixed or tweaked because of its versatility to use other parts with. Rather than getting an “exclusive” brand that is only compatible with specially-made parts, go for band saws with readily available parts to avoid the hassle of purchasing and shipment.
Last but not the least; look into other extra features your chosen band saws have to offer, such as grasp-able and strong metal handles and knobs, as well as ease of cleanliness and safety mechanisms for an easier time in working.
Wrapping It Up
Purchasing a band saw can be quite dating at first. However, you shouldn’t select the first one you see! By doing your research and taking time before you make the selection, you get your money’s worth and will be able to enjoy your tool for future projects to come.
Use these factors to consider as the starting point to buying a quality band saw today!
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21 days to go! Every year people panic to find the perfect gift. We at T2C have been collecting idea’s all year long to bring you the perfect gift guide at all price levels. When you’re at the end of your rope trying to find the perfect Christmas present this year, come to this guide for some great suggestions.
I am constantly forgetting to charge my phone or I have calls for my business that keep me on longer than I wanted and I am left with a dead phone battery. Without a charger or an outlet I am left extremely frustrated and I know I am not the only one. Now there’s a product that you can always count on. It’s called the PWRCard ($49.99 however buying 3 is $111.99) Sleek and slender the PWRCard is as small as a few stacked credit cards. It stores easily in any wallet or purse, and its LED indicators tell you how much charge it has. Plus, with its built-in cable, you’ll never lose your charging cable. It also works on Apple and Android devices, so whatever phone you have you’re good to go! It’s so light you won’t even know you’re carrying it. But it’ll be there when you need it, ready to charge you back up!
Watching The Gift Of Giving Is A Blessing In Many Ways
My biggest guilty pleasure is watching East Idaho’s Secret Santa video’s on YouTube. Watching these men and women who are so deserving be seen and heard fills my heart with such joy. Sometimes the thanks is just around the corner.
The Secret Santa is a native Idahoan who lives in eastern Idaho. The money comes directly from him – not some program, organization, charity or trust fund. The recipient’s must live in eastern Idaho and have a true need. If you wonder what a “true need” is or are unsure if your nominee will qualify for a gift, submit your nomination.
The Secret Santa looks for responsible and deserving citizens who have done everything in their power to care for themselves but ill fortune or unfortunate situations have put them at a significant disadvantage. In the past, Secret Santa has provided cars, washers and dryers, furniture, special computers, dental care, diapers, gas and grocery cards and other items.
Recipients of gifts are not taxed by the IRS. However, on some large gifts over $16,000, the giver must pay a gift tax to the IRS. Secret Santa pays all necessary gift and sales taxes. Many wonder if Secret Santa gets a tax break on the gifts he gives away. Since these are gifts, and not business expenses, Secret Santa cannot claim these as tax deductions. He receives no tax benefit whatsoever.
Secret Santa and EastIdahoNews.com have been surprising people in need since 2015. That year, Secret Santa gave away $100,000. The amount has increased every year since then.
Secret Santa tells us about one Christmas when he was a young man living temporarily in a foreign country. Since he was away from home, he was not expecting any gifts but on Christmas morning, when he sat down for breakfast, there was a present on his table. It was not an expensive gift and it was anonymous. It was the only Christmas gift he received that year and it had a big impact on him. He did not know who it was from, but he knew someone loved and cared about him. That lifted him up beyond what anyone could imagine. To this day, he has no idea who gave him that small gift. But it still brings a flood of good feelings to him every time he relives that moment.
Today, there are countless people around him who love him, and he wants others to know that there are people who love them and care about them. He believes that giving anonymously with no expectation of receiving anything in return is the ultimate expression of love and caring. He wants others to have the experience that he did as a young man over 50 years ago.
Secret Santa appreciates anyone who wants to help, but he is not asking for donations. He encourages you to find someone in your own community who needs help and bless them – then pay attention to how that brightens your day. His message to the world: Everyone can be a Secret Santa!
Letters to Secret Santa can be sent to:
East Idaho News
c/o Nate Eaton
390 West Sunnyside Road
Idaho Falls, ID 83402
Headed To Walter Reade With Camp4Heroes To Bring Christmas To Our Vets: First Stop Annapolis
My friends and I were headed to Bethesda, Maryland to Walter Reade with Camp4Heroes to bring Christmas To Our Vets.
Our driver decided to take us to the historic charm of Annapolis since two of us had never been there. Along the shores of the Chesapeake Bay is nestled just 32 miles from Washington, DC and 26 miles from Baltimore.
This bustling port town formed in the 18th century, is a National Historic Landmark, America’s Sailing Capital and one of the top waterfront destinations in the United States.
The US Naval Academy has been training officers for the U.S. Navy and Marine Corps since 1845.
If you love the water there are several water taxi’s available.
The town was adorably set up for Christmas.
Famous for its fresh-from-the-bay seafood. The food is sublime. We went to the Iron Rooster and will definitely be coming back.
Called a Museum Without Walls, Annapolis has more 18th-century brick buildings than any other city of comparable size in the nation including the homes of Maryland’s four signers of the Declaration of Independence.
The Maryland State House is the oldest in continuous legislative use. The Banneker-Douglass Museum documents Maryland’s African American history from the 1600s to the present day. Housed in an old oyster packing plant, the newly redesigned Annapolis Maritime Museum & Park chronicles life on the Chesapeake Bay then and now.
Countdown to Christmas: The Abs You’ve Always Wanted
22 days to go! Every year people panic to find the perfect gift. We at T2C have been collecting idea’s all year long to bring you the perfect gift guide at all price levels. When you’re at the end of your rope trying to find the perfect Christmas present this year, come to this guide for some great suggestions.
Vital FlexCore uses advanced EMS technology that sends electric pulses to stimulate your abdominal and arm muscles. When your muscles receive the pulse, they contract and flex — as if they were lifting weights. It basically mimics a high-intensity workout by targeting and stimulating vital core and arm muscles, but without the strain and injury of an intense workout.
Here are some of the benefits:
- Increase your strength – For those approaching middle age, maintaining strength in your muscles is key to preventing age-related muscle atrophy and avoiding diseases like type 2 diabetes, arthritis, and osteoporosis. The importance of keeping strong is also undeniably linked to emotional and mental health.
- Lose weight – Vital FlexCore boosts weight loss by promoting muscle stimulation, allowing you to burn fat and extra calories stimulating your muscles to burn calories efficiently, shedding those extra pounds.
- Tones and defines muscles – Vital FlexCore targets specific muscles, helping you achieve a more defined look by increasing muscle density, toning, and sculpting your muscles so you not only look better but feel better too.
- Increase range of motion EMS technology can help improve your range of motion and consequently your flexibility by working on muscle elasticity and joint mobility, so movement becomes more comfortable.
- Help cramp relief – For those approaching middle age, maintaining strength in your muscles is key to preventing age-related muscle atrophy and avoiding diseases like type 2 diabetes, arthritis, and osteoporosis. The importance of keeping strong is also undeniably linked to emotional and mental health.
- Increase natural blood flow – Muscle contractions stimulated by Vital FlexCore increase blood circulation, reducing muscle soreness and promoting a healthy heart. By using Vital FlexCore, you’re providing muscular support while also being proactive about maintaining a strong heart.
It’s also 100% safe for people of all ages with no side effects. EMS technology has been around for years, and was even used by Bruce Lee in the 70s to supplement his workouts. The engineers behind the Vital FlexCore took it even further by improving the tech and making it portable, as an all-in-one muscle workout machine that melts fat and strengthens muscle in no time. It’s a body hack to turn you into a muscle-building powerhouse minus the gym fees!
It’s easy to use just place it on your belly and arms, press a button, and you’re ready to go. There are 10 intensity levels and 6 unique modes to choose from, so you’re free to customize your workouts as you see fit. No stress or hassle—just a simple and effective way to get in shape!
The cost is $69.99 for the basic. $79.99 with arm and gel added.
1800 Tequila and Carmelo Anthony Holiday Drop Shop
This is a perfect idea for a gift for the tequila lover in your life. The new 1800 Tequila x Carmelo Anthony Holiday Drop Shop celebrates the best taste in tequila and in life this holiday season.
As part of 1800 Tequila’s passion for sports and dedication to its community, all apparel proceeds from the 1800 Tequila x Carmelo Anthony Holiday Drop Shop will directly benefit The Carmelo Anthony Foundation to provide communities better access to recreational activities such as refurbishment of local basketball courts.
Featuring a partnership with brand tastemaker, 10-time NBA All-Star, and entrepreneur, Carmelo Anthony the 1800 Tequila x Carmelo Anthony Holiday Drop Shop showcases tasteful gifts for tequila, fashion, and sports fans alike.
The 1800 Tequila x Carmelo Anthony Holiday Drop Shop is a limited-edition apparel capsule collection featuring four bespoke items designed and produced in collaboration with Carmelo Anthony and his apparel lifestyle brand STAYME7O. The 1800 Tequila x STAYME7O collection includes: 1800 Tequila x STAYME7O Varsity Jacket (hero product), 1800 Tequila x STAYME7O Hoodie, 1800 Tequila x STAYME7O Snapback Hat, and 1800 Tequila x STAYME7O Embroidered Fabric Patch.
Consumers can purchase apparel from the 1800 Tequila x Carmelo Anthony Holiday Drop Shop through various bundle sets ranging from $75 – $295 while supplies last. Sign up to get notified for early purchase access on 1800Tequila.com/HolidayDropShop.
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