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Old 09-19-2018, 08:23 PM
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Iím getting ready to start my RV14 and need to buy a band saw. Does anyone have a recommendation or possibly a used one for sale?
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Old 09-19-2018, 08:29 PM
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Default No band saw but

I've got a Craftsman table saw you can have for free! The shipping might be prohibitive......

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Old 09-19-2018, 08:40 PM
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I really do not think you will need one for the RV14.
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Old 09-19-2018, 08:47 PM
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I'm building a 14A and I use mine a little bit. Rudder stops come to mind. I got a tabletop wood bandsaw at home depot. Think it is a Rigid model. They are pretty much all the same, though. They run too fast for metal, but for our purposes they work fine. I use Boelube if it's a thicker piece.
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Old 09-19-2018, 09:09 PM
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I have a 10" Craftsman bandsaw (~$150), also designed for wood. I ordered some Lenox 10/14t bi-metal blades to fit, and am happy. It would be nicer if it would go slower, especially for non-aluminum cuts, but since most cuts are on aluminum, it works well. I started with a scroll saw with a bi-metal blade to fab those "make from" parts; works in some cases, but not all. The band saw is great for all these tasks. Building a 7, so there are more bits to fab on this bird.
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Old 09-19-2018, 11:11 PM
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I used a Craftsman 9" with a SuperCut 62" 3/8"x0.14 24 TPI blade. That blade made short work of aluminum.

Here it is working on the aileron stiffeners.

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Old 09-20-2018, 05:41 AM
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I used a Delta table top model to build my 7 and wore that sucker out.

Had to get a new one for the 10 build. I just got the cheap Porter Cable table top from Lowes.

With the metal cutting blade it works fine for what we need it for. Like others have said, these things run too fast for real metal work but they serve the purpose for aluminum airplane building.

Seems the newer kits don't require as much heavy metal cutting.
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Old 09-20-2018, 06:38 AM
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Seems the newer kits don't require as much heavy metal cutting.
This is correct. I think with the newer kits you'd be fine with a jigsaw and a metal cutting blade. Not that a decicated bandsaw isn't useful, but if money or shop space is an issue, you could do without one.
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Old 09-20-2018, 07:12 AM
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Though you may not need one much, I find the old bandsaw to be a great shop addition. I use mine alot..though building my -4 it was a MUST, there are many uses. I picked up a like new Crafstman 12" at a pawn shop for $50.00. Didn't break the bank.
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Old 09-20-2018, 09:37 AM
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If you are using a band saw to cut stiffeners you are wasting hours and hours of time. Stiffeners are easily cut with old fashioned tin snips. Do not use the short aviation style, the longer the blade the easier the job. A bandsaw will leave a rough edge that takes extra work to smooth. After a good cut with sharp tin snips a light touch of the scotch brute wheel is all it takes.
I like band saws, I have two of them, mainly for woodworking. They got little to no use on the 14.
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