Yates American Y36” Band Saw

Yates American 36” Band Saw—affectionately dubbed the “snowflake” because of its upper door design, this 1930’s band saw is one of the most massively-built band saws ever made in its size.
This saw excels in “resawing” which means holding a board or plank on edge and cutting it across its width in the direction of the grain to make it into thinner boards, or even veneers. When it starts up, it sounds like a jet on the runway, but then it cuts slices off an 18” thickness of hardwood like a hot knife through butter. This saw’s massive frame allows the blade to be highly tensioned so the saw can make exceptionally straight cuts over long distances.