I was pretty new to woodworking (and Make ICT) when the pandemic broke out. I am slowly buying some equipment for my home shop. Don’t worry, I have no plans to cancel my membership, but it is clear that I need some tools. So here is the dilemma that I am hoping your collective experience can help with. I want to buy a bandsaw. Like a lot of people, funds are definitely a consideration, so I am trying to balance price vs needs. Three saws I am looking at:
Grizzly G0555LX - $625 w/ current shipping deal of $25
Laguna 14/10 - on sale for $1079 w/ free shipping
Jet JWBS-14SFX - on sale for $999 w/ free shipping
All three are 14" saws. The Grizzly has a low resaw capacity, but I can order a riser block if I find out I need more height. I would love to save a few dollars and order the Grizzly, but I am worried that 1hp is too little.The other two saws are 1-3/4hp, but are significantly more expensive.
Any advice, particularly on the hp question is appreciated.