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Old 09-10-2014, 07:09 PM
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I have found myself in quite the conundrum. I managed to acquire both a DoAll 3613 and a Grob NS-24 bandsaw today. I can't keep both (and I won't be keeping either if the wife finds out, hahaha), but I wanted to get your input on what machine you would keep for your shop. Both need restoration- but were removed running. I'm leaning towards the Grob- mainly due to limited space. Has anyone used on of these machines before?
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Old 09-10-2014, 08:03 PM
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I've heard more of doall than grob. Doesn't mean much but which one would have better chance of replacement parts?
I see the doall has a blade welder. Does the grob? If not I would lean towards the doall for this reason, as long as you have the power to run it. I know space might be limited, but you can always add more space right
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Old 09-10-2014, 08:12 PM
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Marc, I think you should talk to Jennifer about her Betsy, and about lack of space.
Betsy figures in several of her threads.
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Yup, that welder sold me on the DoAll as soon as I opened the picture. If it works, you've got a winner--space be damned.

Before looking at the pics, my first thought was which one takes smaller blades (would make the machine a little more affordable to run). If you've got the ability to weld your own, buy spools of blade material and go to town and never look back.
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I've got a DoAll, not as big as Jenn's but is one hell of a saw.

As others have mentioned, the blade welder is pretty damn handy as well as having a 36" throat.

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The blade welder is not just handy for making your own blades. It can add another dimension, to your work - internal cuts. I think this is the real reason for having the blade welder built right into the saw. You drill a starting hole, big enough to pass the blade through. Then, cut the blade with snips and thread it through the starting hole and weld it back together.

Slip the blade back on the wheels and make your internal cut. Afterwards, cut the blade apart and weld it back together again. If you have a whole roll of blade stock, leave the blade cut, until you have another internal cut to make.

We didn't have plasma cutters when I worked in a tool and die shop so, to cut a big, slug relief hole in a 2 inch thick die set, this was the only way, other than trying to mill it out. Been there, done that, got a T-shirt.

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Marc, I think you should talk to Jennifer about her Betsy, and about lack of space.
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Well, I've fallen for the DoAll. It's in much better shape then the Grob and it's just so darn neat. I love the 1960's feel of it. I've already started cleaning it up. Pictures later.
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