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  • Which bandsaw? Gear head or belt drive?

    I'm thinking about upgrading from the 4x6 HF bandsaw to a 7x12. Enco is also offering free shipping on these two Turn-Pro bandsaws:

    http://www.use-enco.com/CGI/INPDFF?P...TEM=NY137-3190

    I'm thinking the gear drive one would be better from the standpoint of quickly changing speeds, no belt to deal with, etc. Drawback is that it offers less speed choices, 3 instead of 4 on the belt drive model. The slowest speed is also 127 SFPM as oposed to 85 SFPM on the belt model.

    They're both on sale for $699 and $749, respectively. So the difference is only $50.

    Anyone care to comment? Anyone have experience with the gear drive model?

    Thanks in advance.
    Last edited by 1990notch; 10-05-2007, 11:40 PM.
    HH210 w/spool gun
    HTP Invertig 201

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    I can't say about the gear drive since I've never used one but I bought the Enco belt drive 7x12 a few years ago.
    l learned real quick that if the saw jambs and the belt slips it sounds like an emergency siren.
    I like that sound a lot more than the sound of the teeth being torn from a $30. blade.

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