Learn everything you need to know before buying a band saw in our band saw buying guide. Explore different makes and models, saw widths and more to find the right band saw for the job.

Looking for a Band Saw?

Discover our selection of band saws, from deep-cut blades to floor band saws we have everything you need. Known for cutting thicker items than the average saw, band saws are a must-have for any heavy-duty renovation. Find the perfect band saw for your next DIY project, in-store or online! 

Types of Band Saws

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    Stationary Band Saws

    Bench-Top: These saws can be mounted directly on a workbench or stand. Their compact size makes it the perfect choice for small shops.  

    Floor: These band saws tend to be more stable and powerful than bench-top saws. The combination of increased stability and power make these great for heavy rip-sawing. 
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    Cordless Band Saws

    Cordless band saws run on battery power, so they won’t have as much horsepower as the stationary models. What they lack in power they make up for in convenience. Cordless band saws are prefect for job sites and cutting items like pipes.   
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Band Saw Blades

Width, number of teeth per inch (tpi), and material composition classify band saw blades. When making your blade selection, remember to match the blade width to the type of cutting you are doing. 

Also keep in mind: 

  • Narrow blades can make much tighter radius cuts, but tend to twist and wander when making long straight cuts. 
  • Wide blades can't make the tight turns that narrow ones can, but they hold a straighter line than their narrow counterparts. 
  • The tpi determines the speed with which the blade cuts through an item. Blades with high tpi cut slower but leave a very smooth edge. They are best for detail work on thin items. Blades with low tpi cut quickly and leave a slightly rough edge. They are great for re-sawing or long rip cuts. 
  • Steel blades are inexpensive and work well for cutting softwood. Steel blades, however, dull quickly in hardwood. 
  • Bi-metal blades are made of high-speed steel and can cut thin metal or wood. 

  • Carbide blades are for wood cutting only. They are more expensive than other blades, but stay sharper longer than steel or high-speed steel. 

Blade width is important when purchasing a band saw. Most saws accept narrow 1/8 in. blades for cutting detailed designs and tight curves. Better saws also accept wider blades. Wide blades don't flex as much as narrow ones, but they make accurate, straight cuts in thick stock quicker. There are also some wide blades available that can cut metal.

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Features to Look For

Close-up of a blade on a cordless bandsaw cutting a piece of metal.

Cutting Speed

Band saws have different cutting speeds depending on model and type. The speed of the band saw will depend on what you're planning on cutting. For wood, you’ll want a speed of 1000 feet per minute, while steel is best to cut at a speed of 100 ft. per min.  
Man cutting a large piece of wood on a bandsaw

Horsepower

Depending on what material you are cutting, horsepower is an important element to any power tool. Saws with high horsepower ratings are good for pattern cutting and cutting down thick wood. Higher horsepower also allows the saw to cut through thick pieces of wood without bogging down or burning the wood. 
A collection of sawdust on the floor

Sawdust Port

Some models of band saws have a sawdust port that will hookup to a wet/dry vacuum. This feature makes cleanup a breeze.   
Man using stationary bandsaw with LED work light.

LED Work Light

An LED work light can greatly improve the precision of your cuts. The beam of focused light will allow you to see exactly where you are cutting.  

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