1 hp band saw vs 1.5 under $1000


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Is it worth getting a 14” Porter Cable band saw with 1.5 Hp , multi speed

and trying to upgrade it with carter guides a light, iron wheels, zero Clearence 

resaw fence, or something else while keeping it all as far under $1000 as possible

note the porter Cable  cost $399

 

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HP is not that important on a saw in that price range.  It only matters for resawing speed, and it's not going to be fast anyway with a small saw.   I'd decide between the

Rikon 10-326   and the Laguna 1412.   They're often on sale in your price range, with no upgrades needed, and far superior to anything that can be done to the PC.

an example:   https://www.piperdeals.com/products/rikon-10-326-230-volt-14-inch-175-hp-heavy-duty-cast-iron-deluxe-bandsaw?gclid=Cj0KCQiAg_HhBRDNARIsAGHLV52YLoxWsg5Sbqf-XlDEjFBH0_K27fEAMttmYteKWGcj2nwHP8RAh-waAjDfEALw_wcB

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