Published at Tuesday, 04 December 2018. Industrial Machinery. By Alaine Mercier.
Good machine - excellent value
Having struggled with a very old bench-top machine for over 30 years, I decided to splash out or buy a really good band saw. I am a hobby woodworker, working in garage workshop. I did look at the "Hobby" series of machines, both on-line with in Ax minster stores.
What led me to decide on this machine were several features. First the excellent cast-iron table, second the fence, and third the easy blade tension.
Having looked at the manual on-line (PDF document), I assumed this would be included with the machine - not so! The supplied manual is fairly basic, and does not cover enough details to make it useful! However, the PDF color manual is essential to correct assembly and operation of the saw! A quick contact to Ax minster, and a printed out version of the manual was on its way to me. Well done Ax minster!
Now, assembly is fairly straight―forward, but it is essential to have 2 people to assemble it - it is very heavy! Once assembled and adjusted, how does it work? It ripped easily through softwood, and re-sawing of some mahogany went well - if a little slowly.
Band saw Blade Length :2,552 mm (100.1/2")
Band saw Wheel Diameter : 350 mm
Blade Speed : 800 m/min
Blade Width Min\Max : 3 mm to 19 mm
Dust Extraction Outlet : 100 mm
Max Cutting Height : 200 mm
Max Width of Cut : 340 mm
Max Width of Cut with Fence : 300 mm
Min Extraction Airflow Required : 1,000 m³/hr
Net Weight : 84 kg
Overall : L x W x H 690 mm x 720 mm x 1,770 mm
Power :750 W
Table Height :490 mm
Table Height on Stand :1,060 mm
Table Size : 500 mm x 356 mm
Table Tilt : 5° - 0° - 45°
Voltage : 230 V
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