In this guide we’ll take a look at the best band saws for the money!
I’ve compared blade quality, features, safety, and cost
to give you my top recommendations.
What Is The Best Band Saw?
More Detailed Band Saw Reviews
This compact floor standing bandsaw would happily take pride of place in any workshop.
The saw is well built and sturdy and does not shake about in use. The 10” throat width is excellent for such a compact and low-priced machine allowing you to cut quite large sized materials. It will cut materials of a depth of up to 6”/150mm. The 375-Watt induction motor is powerful and quiet and has two different speed settings (400 & 800m/min). There is also a flexible working light which really helps you see what you are doing. The table is made from precision ground cast iron and tilts from 90 degrees to 45 degrees.
The saw comes with is a 12mm blade and this produces nice straight cuts that are smooth and clean. You may want to order a 6mm blade with this machine for cutting curves. The saw also comes with a lock on rip fence, crosscutting mitre guide, mitre gauge push stick and circle cutting jig.
The saw is fitted with an integral dust collection drawer which works really well, and the machine can also be attached to your dust extraction system.
There is a safety lock on the doors that ensures power is cut to the motor when these are open for blade changing or cleaning.
Overall this is a brilliant band saw with plenty of power and features for the money. I highly recommend this saw as an excellent tool for your workshop.
This portable band saw is ideal for site work or if you don’t have the luxury of a spacious workshop.
The 710-Watt variable speed motor makes it suitable for a variety of materials. The capacity is 4 X 4” and it can cut a round workpiece of up to 4 ¾”. This saw is light and easy to transport while still feeling really sturdy due to its aluminium frame and motor housing. The saw comes with a blade, wrench and carry case.
This lightweight yet sturdy portable bandsaw is ideal for site work or where space is limited offering you a very powerful saw in a very compact design.
This is a great saw for the smaller workshop as it has all the features and power of a cabinet mounted saw in a bench mounted design.
The chassis is made from welded steel and the table is cast iron. It has a direct drive 250-Watt motor and balanced cast alloy wheels. The saw takes blades from 6-13 mm and is supplied with a 6mm blade. It will cut wood up to a depth of 80mm and width of 200mm and is suitable for a range of materials including hardwood and steel with the right blades.
The saw is sturdy, smooth and quiet to use. It is easy to position the rip fence and cutting is accurate and clean. It also comes with a 3-year guarantee.
This is bandsaw is very good value for money and would be superb for the craft workshop.
This is another portable band saw that is ideal for site work. It cuts a range of metal parts easily with no sparking and creates smooth burr free cuts. The saw will cut metal pipe up to 2” and can be hand held to cut in a variety of orientations including overhead. The saw comes with one blade.
This is and expensive tool but if you are regularly cutting metal and other materials on site it will save you a lot of time and effort.
This affordable bandsaw offers a good spec for the money and has a compact design suitable for bench mounting. The 350-Watt induction motor provides plenty of power to make light work of most cutting tasks. It has a cutting depth of 80mm and width of 190mm. The cutting table is 300m square and tilts from 90 to 45 degrees. It is supplied with a 6mm blade.
This saw is easy to use and ideal for craft and hobby uses, producing clean accurate cuts. It is not as heavy and sturdy as the larger machines but is a great addition to the smaller workshop.
Band Saw Buying Guide
The bandsaw is a useful and versatile piece of equipment in the workshop. It is suitable for a variety of uses including deep sections, curved and straight lines, and even circles. They can also make rip cuts, cross cuts and resaw with ease.
Most bandsaws also effortlessly cut metal and portable versions are excellent for site work and when space is limited.
When choosing a bandsaw, a lot will depend on what you want to use it for, how much space you have and of course your budget.
But there are a few other things to consider no matter what style of bandsaw you choose.
The size of the motor will affect the performance of the bandsaw and its ability to handle heavier applications. A good range model for woodworking and hobby uses will be around 250 – 375 watts and professional saws will be even higher.
The quality of the frame determines the stability and durability of the whole saw. Choose a machine made from heavy duty material such as welded steel or cast iron if you can.
The higher the speed the faster you will be able to cut. However, when cutting very hard materials you will want to cut more slowly so a variable speed machine is an asset here.
The larger the cutting depth the thicker the material you will be able to cut.
The throat is the distance from the blade to the vertical frame section of the saw. This distance determines the width of cut that can be made. Most bandsaws have this measurement in inches from 10” to 12”, 14” and higher. On some products descriptions, the cutting width is cited instead.
A saw is only as good as the blade you use, so be prepared to invest in some good quality blades whatever saw you choose.
What blade do I need to cut curves with my bandsaw?
The following table gives a general guide to the blades needed for cutting different curves on your bandsaw
Blade width Minimum radius
13mm (1/2″) 10mm (3/8″)
6mm (1/4″) 19mm (3/4″)
5mm (3/16″) 13mm (1/2″)
3mm (1/8″) 10mm (3/8″)
Can I use one blade for cutting curves and straight lines with my bandsaw?
It is usually best to keep a separate blade for cutting straight lines as cutting curves will disturb the set of the teeth on the blade making it virtually impossible to cut a straight line with the blade afterwards.