For cutting our cars we use a 14" bandsaw manufactured by Jet. For general purpose we use a 3/16" width blade with 10 teeth per inch. For thin stock a "Timber Wolf" thin kerf 1/8" width with 14 teeth per inch. Cars currently being raced (by Firenze) in WIRL are created from laminating layers of wood stock to form the fenders and body. These cars are not a single like in a BSA kit.
I have not used a Grizzly band saw. I have cut metal and wood projects using a 72" (manufacturer unknown), 36" (National), and 14" (Delta) band saw. When it came to purchasing a band saw the Jet with an enclosed base was a good choice for the capability and price.
The Jet is a nice saw. What do you think of the Grizzly?
A bit late to this thread, but I've been researching buying a band saw, and the Grizzly GO555 Ultimate 14" band saw has been well reviewed and earned several best of awards from the various tool magazines when it was introduced ~8 years ago. From talking with someone who purchased one last year, the quality still appears to be good. I want one, I just can't afford to spend the current ~$600 shipped price tag for one right now.
Actually, I just saw that Grizzly is running the a Christmas sale on the Deluxe model of the GO555, the GO555LX, and it has some additional upgraded features like cast iron wheels and an upgraded table/fence. It's also $50 cheaper and just a hair over $500 shipped. I may just stretch and get that!
Last Edit: Dec 12, 2012 12:50:44 GMT -6 by TXDerbyDad
In earlier years I was involved in cutting out shapes for projects using several sizes of bandsaw. Each of the bandsaws were manufactured by different companies. Projects were assembled from Acrylic, Aluminum, Brass, Copper, hardwoods, plywood, sheet metal, or stainless steel. The bandsaw were 14”, 36” and 72” and a 36” scroll saw. Material thickness varied from .032” (stainless steel) to 2” clear heart Redwood. The 3/16” width blade was commonly used with an occasional ¼” width blade.
A 14” bandsaw is currently used for cutting cars, fenders, and chassis with a 3/16” width blade; 10 teeth per inch. From my experience this blade width/TPI is versatile for cutting curves in 1/8” to 1” thick wood. For tight scroll cuts in thin wood (1/8” to 3/8”) a 1/8” width blade with 14 teeth per inch. For general purpose a ¼” width blade with 10 teeth per inch.
Last Edit: Dec 12, 2012 19:15:41 GMT -6 by FiRENZE