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|Thread: Bandsaw advice|
you are probably right with light usage it will out last you unless you are 25. There are a number of 350mm and 300mm bandsaws axminster, record, charnwood etc all made in China to a target price for the hobby market. They all have features and drawbacks, some that I would find particularly irksome, like the record fence bar having to be un bolted and re positioned to the right of the blade to use table tilt safely. But you may not ever tilt the table and it will not be an issue. But really not a lot to choose between them apart from price, they are what they are. How long will they last depends on usage, some companies give 3 or 5 year guarantees because the real usage time ie real cutting time of a hobby user is very low and they can sleep easy doing this. A professional machine could be 6 hours a day 5 days a week and performance is on another level but that is a whole different story.
All in all if I wanted a small machine for my garage I would buy one of the Chinese hobby machines it would last me.
Firstly the blade is very important but the machine is important in selection of blade and of course the longevity and consistent performance of machine.
Th M42 is an HSS tooth welded to a flexable carbon back and was made to cut steel. Yes they are more resistant to abrasion, heat and for professional use ok. But for example a 112" carbon blade £16 an M42 £35. (axminster)
solid HSS are to my knowledge no longer available, they were 40 years ago, before they had the technology to weld hss to carbon back.
then it comes to carbon blades, most of the brand suppliers buy toothed coil from one source in the uk, Axminster buy hakinson and a few buy outside this. Consistency of welding (straight) annealing etc are the difference..
buy a good band saw, it will last a lifetime, buy cheap buy twice, and no I do not work for felder, there are a few proper machines out there. But I would also say if you use the machine 4 hours a month do not waste your money on a proper saw.
it is always best to spend what you can afford rather than what you can get away with if it is a machine you plan to use regularly. As the previous contributor said depends on your usage.
The mini max is made in Italy but the tension mechanism is very light, it has light weight ally wheels. The fence is not good, fixed on a piece of rolled hollow section and not high enough. Most mini max machines have 100% duty cycle motors so I would guess this does.
The hammer believe it or not, is made exclusively for felder in china. A copy of an Italian machine with quite a few corners cut. It has a good fence solid bandwheels but a 40% duty cycle motor, I think. felder have a permenent presence in china so unlike other importers quality control is ok. The latest ones have a version of a ceramic guide but these are new and un tested, have the Chinese got this right ?
all in all I think the hammer is better, neither are full blown commercial machines, but the record 400 is not in the same league as either, trust me.
|Thread: Bandsaw was cutting great, but now jams all the time.|
I do not usually do forums but could not help answering your problem as the answer is simple. If you have been cutting lots of tight circles you will have taken the edge/set of one side of the blade. A blade, band saw or circular will always want to cut to the sharp side. That is why you are struggling to cut straight. Change the blade and if you like keep that blade for circles for a bit longer.
Do you really need m42 ? a good carbon blade would be more cost effective for you.
what machine is it being used on?
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