A few months ago I purchased a band saw off the Chinese equivalent of eBay. What often happens here in China is the factories that make things for western companies sell copies to anyone and his dog! So taking advantage of this I chose the RT-SB 305 U saw that had been made for the German company Einhell AG priced at £180 delivered. I thought I would at least get an average saw that set up correctly would do the simple tasks I needed it for.
Maybe this was my punishment from above but I got a saw that was typically ‘Made in China’ and not what I thought a German company would be selling to anyone! Vibration, very poor cutting and machined like it had been made in the back of a garage. I complained and was sent quite a few parts that were better made but nothing perfect. They repeatedly informed me it had been designed by Germans but as I pointed out it had sadly been made by Chinese!
Anyway after balancing the wheels and making a spacer to bring them inline, buying some Lenox Trimaster blades from the USA, giving the saw a good once over and having a new table CNCed things were better.
After putting up with things for a while I decided the saw needed decent blade guides as the original ones were so badly made. But because you can’t buy such kits here I had to order what I thought would be the answer from Carter in the USA.
When the Jet guides, hex bar and blade guard arrived I could then finish designing a bracket for CNCing to fit the hex bar and top guide, the bottom guide went on easily after a bit of machining. It was all a bit of a pain but well worth it in the end. By the way the CNC work was done for free at a friends factory.
I now have a saw that does everything you throw at it and does it all very well. I know you might think why I didn’t buy a decent saw in the beginning. Well for what I needed a saw for then didn’t justify spending a fortune. Yes I still have spent more than I wanted to but now I have a saw that does the work the way I want it to and much more and still for half the price an equivalent saw would of cost me.
If anyone wants to upgrade such a design of saw I can send you the Solidworks 3D drawing of the bracket along with any info/photo’s that might help. Maybe there is a better way of doing this conversion but I thought I’d share my way.
-- I started out with nothing and I still have a lot left!