|Review by xylophage||posted 03-30-2012 01:52 PM||5811 views||0 times favorited||16 comments|
I bought this machine to replace a Delta 14” bandsaw equipped with riser blocks. That no longer could produce the power I needed. Lets get the the bad news done frist. Yes, this saw is made in China…...Don’t let that scare you. Yes, this saw cost a lot….But, you get what you pay for.
Set up was easy. All I had to do was, mount the table, and the motar. The hardest part of the job was getting it off the palet it came on. Installing the motar was tricky, only because i was by myself. If I had a second pair of hands it would have been no problem. While assembling I could not help but notice the rugged construction of this beast. It is a SOLID machine.
After a week of sitting idle in my shop. I finally received my blades from timber wolf, and upgraded my electric to 220 volt. The frist test was with a 1” 3tpi blade and a 12” tall pice of bubinga…..I was amazed. It cut with almost no hesitation, and vibration. The pieces were consistant and nearly finish quality. I made several other test with other blades, and all created great results. But, what impressed me the most. Was how easily it re sawed through 12” of bubinga.
There are some draw back to the machine. but none are worth scoring it less than five stars. The bottom blade guides are a little tricky to work with. This could be a real problem if you change blades frequently. The table height of this machine seams to be a greatly debated issue. Personally I find the 36” height to be very nice. It allows you to have the same perspective as with a table saw. After working with it a while now, I find myself loving it.
All and all I could not be happer with my purchase. As with any new machine I had to tweak a thing or two, here and there. But I think that is just par for the course. Nothing is ever perfect.
I bought this from my local woodcraft store. Kudoos to them for a great experience.
-- D.A Winograsky