The POWERTEC BS900 9-Inch band saw may appear to be and priced as a barebones band saw but it is anything but. The price tag on this saw may start at $150, but it has a .5 horsepower motor that makes it more than capable of keeping up with other saws in the same class. Providing enough features to ensure the job gets done, this saw can easily compete with others that are available on the market and will not break the bank in doing so.
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One of the best features of the BS900 is the tracking window. Expertly placed, this allows users to easily see where their cut is going to provide better control and avoid mistakes. Another great feature of this saw is the quick release tension and the patented blade guard adjustment. Combined, they make this saw one of the easiest and fastest to change blades on. Additionally, the BS900’s rack and pinion table can effortlessly tilt 45 degrees to increase its versatility.
One advantage of the BS900 is the price. Starting at $150.00, this is a great saw for the consumer with a really tight budget without having to sacrifice quality in the process. Another advantage is the combination of the quick release for the tension and the blade guard adjustment which make blade changes a snap compared to many of the other models.
A rack and pinion work surface adds versatility by making beveled cuts up to 45 degrees a cinch. Additionally, the durable polished table surface will reduce friction while cutting and can use blades from 1/8-inch to 3/8-inch to add even more versatility.
There are some disadvantages with the BS900 that needs mentioning. First, the small motor limits the capabilities of this saw when it comes to tougher material. Secondly, the distance from the blade to the post, the area where the power switch is located, is only 9-inches.
This makes scroll work on large pieces of material nearly impossible so users should keep that in mind when looking for a band saw. And finally, there is no rip fence with the BS900. Granted, this saw was not really designed for resawing, which is another disadvantage, but it would still have helped to make straight cuts possible since the 3/8-inch blade is not really sturdy enough for perfectly straight cuts.
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The Powertec BS900 is a good band saw for the price. Its small size will not eat up a lot of space in the shop and is light enough to be used for mobile applications. The small motor size however will limit its uses considerably from the professional aspect however.
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Additionally, the inability to use for resawing means this saw will more than likely only be used for smaller scale work such as scroll work and small projects. So, overall this saw would be better suited for the beginner just starting to learn or the hobbyist that is looking for a saw to handle small-scale cutting. If you are looking for a more robust band saw that would suit a more advanced woodworker then I would suggest checking out the Rikon 10-325 model.