|Review by Bob #2||posted 02-29-2008 02:23 PM||11342 views||0 times favorited||28 comments|
My new 18” 2 hp bandsaw on a mobile base.
The upper wheel assembly is mounted to a channel steel support doing away with the older style castings.
The safety switch as well as the power switch are mounted at waist height for easy accessibility.
The table is about 3 inches lower than that of my old 14” bandsaw making it more comfrtable to use for “certain ” people around my shop.
The aluminum fence is mounted on ball bearings and clamps down with one hand like a tablesaw fence
A single cammed lever on top of the case acts as a tensioner device as well as a quick release for the blade .
The wheels are cast alumnum and fitted with synthetic rubber tires. The wheels are mounted on ball bearings .
The blade guide comes wth carter style ball bearing blade gudes and the height is adjustable by a hand wheel on a ratcheted gear drive for accuracy.
Both the upper an lower guides are adjusted by an allen key to move the individual bearings in or out on an eccentric shaft.
Access to the blade cover cases is made easy with a 1/4 turn eccentric knob.
It has dual 4” ports for dust collection which only work to limit some of the dust like most others.
The table is cast iron and takes a miter guage ( provided) adjusting the table angle could be improved but works like most others in this class.
This saw is in the sub $1000.00 class and is quite well thought out and sturdily built.
I could use a built in light but all in all it performs well and is now the go to saw in my shop.
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