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.
The stated capacity is 200mm, but, like all band saws it will struggle a bit at that. I would suggest trying no more than 150-160mm max in hardwood. It gives a good, clean cut, and the wood is easy to control. I would recommend cutting a 'push stick' from an off cut of wood. Why doesn't Ax minster supply one with the saw? Well, this is by way of a "sacrificial" accessory! It gets cut about - your hands don't! When it gets too tatty, cut another one!
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.
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