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Location : Whitby Yorks
|Subject: Bandsaw Sat Dec 15, 2018 6:29 pm|| |
looking for recommendations for a descent hobby bandsaw.
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Join date : 2011-06-11
Age : 68
Location : Fleetwood Lancashire
|Subject: Re: Bandsaw Mon Dec 17, 2018 10:14 pm|| |
first rule of the day, and never consider any other...…...you want a 2 wheel saw.....NOT A 3 WHEEL one...……..as the 2 wheel is easy to adjust the running true of the blade...……….use a 3 wheel and any adjustment that is off on one wheel and you may as well cut by hand, as the saw will throw blades for fun and you'll spend more time reseating the blade than you will cutting....
I was a woodwork teacher for 22 years...…...both school and industry will not touch 3 wheel saws.
second rule, spend as much as you can afford...….it is one saw you will never do without once you have one in your workshop.
I bought my Electra Bekum 25 years ago and touch wood it has never ever let me down...….and I have even cut tree logs on it.
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Join date : 2018-10-18
Age : 63
Location : Mammendorf near Munich, Germany
|Subject: Re: Bandsaw Tue Dec 18, 2018 9:24 pm|| |
I do own a 3 wheel bandsaw and it works very well. It is one that was built in former communist Germany:
As you can see in the foto, it is simple, it is solid and it does its job very well.
As you can see, its cover is made of the same kind of plastic used for car bodywork. To the right of the last foto, you can see its table.
I spent 80 Deutschmark, about less than 40 Euros. The former owner, from whom I purchased my lathe could not use it. It was very dirty so that the bandsaw blade jumped off again and again. Just cleaning it properly the problem was solved!
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Join date : 2019-10-10
|Subject: Re: Bandsaw Thu Oct 10, 2019 1:15 am|| |
Lots of fairly decent band saws out there. My 60 year old 14 inch Delta Rockwell is hanging in there very nicely. The big deal for a bandsaw, or table saw for that matter, is to attend to its accuracy. That will take a bit of time and patience but accuratizing is well worth the effort. WIth a bandsaw the guides and blade back bearings are important to get right. They are adjustable on any saw worth your consideration. The blades are the determining factor. The welds at the ends are rarely perfectly aligned so you need to do some grinding. While the saw is running use a hand grinder such as a Dremel and grind the back of the blade carefully until it is making sparks all the way around the perimeter of the blade. Now use the grinder to grind the sides of the blade where the weld has left it not quite perfectly straight. Be careful not to grind the set of the teeth away when you are doing this deal. Sounds like a lot of trouble but when you get the saw working perfectly you can rip slabs of wood as thin as one millimeter.
Obviously you wont be ripping with that kind of accuracy unless your rip guide is perfectly aligned with the blade. That is another of the accuratizing deals that you can do. You can find a video on you tube that shows you how to do all that stuff. It is easy and an essential job for the serious model maker.
As someone else said above, buy the best....read: heaviest saw that you can afford.
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Join date : 2011-06-10
Location : Aberdare South Wales
|Subject: Re: Bandsaw Fri Oct 11, 2019 10:21 am|| |
When I built my new workshop last year I still kick myself to this day I opted to put ina. Table saw rather than a ban saw....
There are many good options but neils right 2 wheel systems work best... also older tools tend to run better than a new modern machine ( just better made! And not Chinese)
Rule of thumb... buy the best you can afford, and never discount a 2nd hand tool... I just proved that fact picking up a 40 year old unimat sl lathe this week!
I'm Not Anti-Social, I'm Anti-Stupid.
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Join date : 2013-01-08
Age : 67
Location : n wales coast
|Subject: Re: Bandsaw Fri Oct 11, 2019 5:52 pm|| |
well said arron old is best
. even me,neil Damion and barrie are old ,
parts may be a bit worn but still going just