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Re: Bandsaw: New style table vs. old style table?

#273630 by algale » Wed Aug 26, 2020 9:55 am

baburao wrote:I just have the more seasoned cast iron table and I truly haven't utilized it enough to frame an assessment, yet I'd prefer to hear what others need to state. Apparently, overhauling from it to the aluminum table is as yet an open alternative.


This question is frequently asked. Each has some relative advantages and disadvantages. Aluminum larger and lighter but must remove to go vertical. Cast iron smaller and heavier but can be left in place to go vertical. You can add a rip fence to the aluminum table for $$$. Cast iron can use the miter gauge as a rip fence at no additional cost. On balance, I don't think it is worth upgrading.

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Re: Bandsaw: New style table vs. old style table?

#273946 by P89DC » Wed Sep 02, 2020 5:27 pm

I have two cast iron tabled bandsaws and for storage the limit of closeness is the table. If I had the larger aluminum tables I'd need more space on my SPT shelf.

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Re: Bandsaw: New style table vs. old style table?

#275618 by AEA » Fri Oct 16, 2020 6:13 pm

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I had the cast iron for years and have recently acquired another bandsaw with the aluminum table.
I use the the cast iron one with a 5/8" blade for resawing and use the aluminum with a 1/4" blade for curves and such.
I have no fence for my aluminum table.
I use a miter gauge and extension with a piece of straight composite flooring for a fence. It works great!
I still prefer the cast iron over the "upgrade".
Dan

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Re: Bandsaw: New style table vs. old style table?

#275648 by chapmanruss » Sat Oct 17, 2020 1:59 pm

Dan,

I notice you have an Irwin Quick Clamp holding the end of the Miter Gauge Bar. Do you have a problem with it trying to lift up out of the slot?

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