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SHOP FOX W1707 2 HP 17-Inch Bandsaw

SHOP FOX W1707 2 HP 17-Inch Bandsaw
With ″ of cutting height and a 16-1/4″ throat capacity, this bandsaw is built to handle large cutting chores. Its 2 HP motor has plenty of power to push 1″ blades for resawing. Thoughtful engineering makes this saw a pleasure to use and includes convenient controls, a pair of dust ports for efficient dust collection, blade guides and easy-to-read tension scale. Standard features include fence, miter gauge and 1/2″ blade.

  • Blade tensioned indicator
  • Micro adjusting geared table
  • Quick change blade release and tensioning
  • Miter gauge
  • Cast wheels

List Price: $ 1,499.99

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    • Eddy Merckx
    • July 25, 2013
    23 of 24 people found the following review helpful
    5.0 out of 5 stars
    Lots of saw for the money!, April 20, 2009
    Eddy Merckx (Seattle, WA) –

    This review is from: SHOP FOX W1707 2 HP 17-Inch Bandsaw (Tools & Home Improvement)

    I recently got a Shop Fox W1707 bandsaw. I ordered it with some trepidation because of the sparse reviews. My experience has been very good with other Shop Fox machines though, so I hoped this saw would be similar. So far, I have to say that I’m more than impressed with the quality of this machine for the money.

    Why the Shop Fox instead of Grizzly? After all, isn’t this essentially the same saw as the Grizzly 0513×2, only with different paint? You would think so, but it is not the case. I called Woodstock Int’l (owners of both Grizzly and Shop Fox) to get some details about the differences between the machines. It turns out that Grizzly and Shop Fox bandsaws are made at different factories and don’t even have interchangeable parts. I looked carefully at the specs and decided that I liked the Shop Fox better for similar money. In my opinion, the Shop Fox has fewer bells and whistles and more solid, functional features. Here’s a list of what I liked better about it:

    -Really heavy cast iron wheels. These wheels alone weigh more than my old bandsaw. This is the single most important feature for a bigger bandsaw, and the heavier the better. The tires are crowned also, so you could easily run a very narrow blade.

    -Excellent fence. T square style fence (like a Biesenmeyer except made of aluminum). The fence is 4″ tall, which means that you don’t really need to attach a sub fence for most resawing unless the board is pretty wide.

    -Huge locking gear on table. There’s almost no way the table will shift out of square while locked.

    -Real sealed bearings on bearing guides. These are single bearings, with seals on both sides. Simple and reliable.

    Some other likes:

    -Everything is adjustable. When I checked my wheels for parallel, I found the top one out 3/8″. On a more basic bandsaw you’d just have to live with that. On this saw, there is a camming adjustment to bring the wheels into parallel. Cool. There are also adjustments to tilt either wheel side to side. You can even adjust the upper guide post in case it isn’t perfect.

    -Huge table. Nice.

    -Really decent dust collection. Gets the fines like you wouldn’t believe.

    -Of course, it saws through heavy cuts with ease.

    -Great customer service from Woodstock. When I initially received my saw, the shipper (UPS Cargo) had dropped it and crushed the frame. Woodstock promptly had UPS remove the damaged saw while simultaneously shipping my a new one. That meant that I didn’t have a long wait for a new one (3 days). Woodstock was very courteous and helpful during the whole process. They even knew who I was when I called.

    This is my third large Shop Fox machine. Based on my experience with the quality of the machines and the excellent customer service, I would not hesitate to buy another.

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    • James R. Beardsley "jim in Gold Bar"
    • July 25, 2013
    11 of 14 people found the following review helpful
    4.0 out of 5 stars
    Excellent buy !, November 12, 2006
    James R. Beardsley “jim in Gold Bar” (Gold Bar, WA USA) –

    I own a Delta 14″ bandsaw. It works fine, but I wanted something

    to resaw boards, and cut thick hardwood that tends to bind in the

    smaller Delta. So I started shopping around. Looked at the Rikon, Jet,

    Grizzly, et all.. They are all pretty much the same in that size/price range (in fact I suspect they are all made in the same factory, and aside from finish and add on features are pretty much the same saw)

    I finally setteled on the Shop Fox..Have had it for a year now.

    This is not a $2,000 saw. However it does what I want it to do very well

    I cut hardwoods. Oak, Maple, Cherry, Walnut, Purple Heart, Chessnut, and several other varieties of wood have gone through this saw without

    a problem. I cut a 12″ x 12″ x 48″ hunk of white oak into 12″ x 3″ by 48″

    boards..smooth as butter.

    Suggestions. Use good blades. The Grizzly 17″ saw is almost exactly the

    same as the Shop Fox, and the Grizzly blades work great. In fact I tried

    a couple of expensive ‘bonded metal’ blades, and went back to the Grizzly.

    Also if possible have this unit set up at the shop where you buy it.

    I am not really good at making fine adjustments to machinery, and spent

    a couple of hours aligning the blade drive wheels, and a few other things

    so the machine would run straight. It does now…Also keep the inside

    of the cabinet clean. I hooked the saw up to a 3 Hp 4″ dust

    collection system, and ended up unhooking it and using a shop vac.

    The commonly used blade tension/positioning adjustments are all done

    with one size hex wrench – get a 6″ long wrench, or extension, that

    bottom back blade guide roller is a reaaal streach.

    I use this saw mostly to cut big hunks of hardwood into smaller more

    usefull hunks of hardwood, and have even sawn boards out of logs with

    very satisfactory results. I suspect one could put a 1/8″ blade on this machine, and do fine work and scroll cuts etc..but… well….nah.. That is what the 14″ Delta is good at.

    The 17″ Shop Fox has a few nicer features then the Grizzly( table and fence to mention two of them) and is about the same price, and seeing that Grizzly distributes both of these saws..I was told that Shop Fox is

    a slightly upscale more refeeened version of the Grizzly product.

    Also I have quite enough green painted woodworking tools in my shop thank

    you very much, and the Shop Fox and Jet white make a nice contrast 🙂

    So if you are looking at the Grizzly et all 17″ bandsaw,,take a closer look at the Shop Fox..For about the same money you get a significantly better saw. Neither are as good as $2,000 machines, but then they do not cost $2,000 either…

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    • Donald Hill "Powerdon"
    • July 25, 2013
    8 of 10 people found the following review helpful
    2.0 out of 5 stars
    One thing to keep in mind…, November 2, 2009
    Donald Hill “Powerdon” (Camano Island, WA) –

    This review is from: SHOP FOX W1707 2 HP 17-Inch Bandsaw (Tools & Home Improvement)

    17 inches is not a standard size of wheel. Before you buy one of these, (either the Shop Fox or Grizzly) keep in mind that a common upgrade to bandsaws is new tires. You can only buy 17 inchers from this manufacturer. Nobody else makes them. We have the green machine, and are waiting for the warehouse to get stock back in. We are without our bandsaw right now due to this.

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    • maliboo_girl
    • July 25, 2013

    Take a look at Trade Tech, it’s a 2 year community college with a variety of trade classes:
    LATTC Programs:

    To attend a community college in CA you either have to be a high school graduate, or 18 years old and not a high school graduate, or they even admit high school students into some classes with their principal’s approval. The cost is quite reasonable, much less than those trade schools that advertise on TV.

    Most community colleges have some trade type classes, electrician, plumbing, welding, dental assisting, culinary arts, fire technology, cosmetology, etc. On their websites, look for Career, Technical, Vocational, Occupational, Certificate, or something of the sort. Look at all that they offer, because sometimes they might use different names for programs than you would think. The community colleges tend to offer different programs, so if you don’t see what you want at one community college, check out another.

    To give you an idea, here is Pasadena City College programs:

    Glendale Community College:

    CA Community Colleges:

    Right now, many people are in your situation and attending community college to learn new job skills, and more kids are attending community college than before, so it can be difficult to get the classes you want as they may get filled. When you get your class registration date, sign up for classes asap, look at all of your class options beforehand, and be flexible. Online is very efficient, check out the website beforehand. (Priority for class registration gets easier as you’ve taken classes, since in big part it’s based on your completed credits.)

    Good luck!

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