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The Wilton 14in. wood/metal cutting band saw features a gearbox design for versatility.
Product shown is representational only; rip fence is not included.
Whether your needs are accurate curved cuts, resawing or just straight cuts, you'll be pleased with this Wilton bandsaw, because it handles all those tasks like a pro. With a full 6 inches under the blade guide when fully raised (you can add the optional 12-inch riser if you choose) and 13-1/2 inches from the blade to the frame, capacity is no problem, letting you easily create tight curves in plywood or resaw oak or maple.
Assembly is fairly quick and easy, aside from a little heavy lifting, and involves mounting the cast-iron saw frame to the lower steel cabinet and aligning the pulleys. The closed cabinet is well-machined and solid as a rock.
The table tilts for beveled cuts with a 45-degree range to the right and 10 degrees to the left. It's easily done, but we'd like to see the under-table gauge enlarged for readability's sake. And each time you tilt the table, be sure to reset the table leveling mechanism when setting it back to 0.
A 3/4-inch blade on this machine does a superb job of resawing, with almost no vibration. With a 1/8-inch blade mounted, tight-radius curves are no problem. Blade changes take a bit of time and effort, but that's the nature of the band saw.
The miter gauge slot is a standard size, letting you upgrade to a super after-market gauge if you choose to. We like this saw because of wide speed range, enabling you to cut a wide variety of material in addition to wood: plastic, Bakelite, composites, ferrous and non-ferrous metals. To change speed, you'll have to move the clutch and reposition the drive belt, not a difficult process. Doing that gives you options that range from 40 feet per minute for steel up to 3,000 feet per minute for wood.
And while this isn't a huge feature, we still want to mention that we appreciate the way Wilton's surround the power-on button with a molded guard so it can't be turned on accidentally.
The dust chute is a nice addition, and connected to an extraction system or vacuum, does a darned good job of keeping the mess to a minimum. In all, this is an extremely well-made, hard-working that saw will serve you well if you take care of it.--Kris Jensen-Van Heste