The Ryobi BS904G is a 9” throat band saw with a small footprint (11 x 18 inches) and a 2.5-amp motor, which is great if shop space is an issue for you. The saw is capable of a max cutting speed of 2460 SFPM.
The table is 11 ¾ x 14 ¾ inches. The cutting height limit is 3 5/8” and resaw capability is limited. If you are making veneers, you might want a larger saw, but this is great for lighter work.
The saw will go through wood (3/4” plywood and will take on 2 x 4 lumber, but that’s the limit), aluminum, and thin brass. It retails for about $170.
- Rack and pinion table (tilts up to 45°)
- Dust collection port (shop-vac compatible)
- Switch key for safety
- Miter gauge
The Ryobi has a view window to see the blade when you need to check that the tacking is true. Blade tension adjustment and tracking setup is easy and direct.
The saw has a plastic housing, but the guts are metal in all the right places. It will plow through hardwood. Dust control with this saw is very good; the bottom wheel has a dust-clearing brush.
Some users report that the full surface of the table is not always flat. The miter gauge slot allows for some play in the gauge.
Blade length is 62”, which may limit your choices for blades on the market. There is no rip fence on the table.