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PostPosted: Thu Sep 01, 2011 6:44 pm 
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I've never even used a band saw so I don't know what to look out for - I'll only be using it a few times a year. Are budget ones okay?

Such as

http://www.toolbox.co.uk/sealey-sm1303- ... GoogleBase

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:dunno: Seems to be a reasonable spec for the price? Daft question next....what do you want it for???

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That's a very small bandsaw

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I have a Delta bandsaw which I use mostly for tenons and other fine cuts. I sometimes cut veneers strips from solids too. I have found that it is the blades which makes the difference and the wider the blade the more chance you have of a straight cut. Never use a blade that has been used for shaping for straight cuts any curved work tends to mess the blade up. Get the tension right and always adjust the gap of the blade guides to be as close as possible to the work piece.

I am sure that the linked saw will do a job for you but this Charnwood one might be better with the wider capacity http://www.charnwood.net/shop/product/c ... saw?cid=52 Same Chinese kit badged for the firm. I have had a few badged bits from them over the years and had no probs.

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Charnwood are a good make to go for - good sturdy machines, good value for money, very few problems and a good back up service for spare parts.



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Thanks guys that's just the sort of info I'm looking for.

I'm making a few bevelled edged stretchers for canvases for her indoors and a few pieces of furniture. I'm going to set up a business early next year and need to make a few prototype lamp shades in this alarmingly complex style.

http://www.conranshop.co.uk/30182/NORM69_SHADE/Product

Though for the lampshades I think I might just go for the safer option and get someone to water jet cut the 3 mil ply I'll be using. Just lots of fine work basically.

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If you will be sing it for business then I would be more inclined to buy a second hand machine for more money.

Lots of dealers that specialise in reconditioned woodworking/joinery machinery.


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I tend to think that the quality of a bandsaw dependands on several factors eg.......
- the quality and adjustability of the blades bearing guides
- the quality if the fence (easily remedied but best to get one with a good fence in the first place)
- how easy it is to change the blades
- max blade capacity
- most importantly the size of its thoroat

When it comes to larger woodworking machines I would always say buy the best available second hand machine as you will get a much better tool than if you buy a new one for the same money. Also make sure the table tilts and is made from cast iron this will enable you to use magnetic resaw fences and magnetic feather boards. About 2 years ago I boughtone of these from axminster .....

http://www.ebay.co.uk/itm/Axminster-SBW3501B-550W-Trade-Rated-Bandsaw
It has worked flawlessly. I have it mounted on castors and just push it into the corner of the workshop until needed. They do pop up on ebay from time to time secon hand and dont normally fetch alot of money. I believe JET also have a very similar unit however its bearing guides and fence are not quite as good. If you are patient you should get one in good condition for under £250.


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