|Review by MoshupTrail||posted 06-07-2014 09:07 PM||4664 views||0 times favorited||14 comments|
- MASTERFORCE 10 inch, bench band saw with stand SKU 240-0042
- Brand: MASTERFORCE | Category: Bandsaws
I wanted a small bandsaw to cut some curved parts from time to time. When I saw this one at Menards for just $229 it just had a look of being solid and the right thing for my small garage shop. The table is cast iron, and the housing is heavy duty steel and the motor appears to be a sealed 1/2 hp motor. You can see the specs at Menards site.
Assembly was pretty easy, but I did not choose to assemble the stand. The directions are pretty typical – you have to read carefully twice to understand what they mean and translate all the obscure part references to the mess in the bag.
The only problem I had was that after I leveled the table left and right, I noticed that it wasn’t level back to front. There is no adjustment for this. You see the gap between my little square and the blade in this picture.
So I took out the two lower bolts holding the trunion to the housing (next picture)
And I found a couple of thin nylon spacers to add between the trunion and the housing.
Which seemed to just about fix it perfectly.
Finally, I tried sawing a few scraps. Starting with a 1/16” slice off a pine board.
Then I drew a curve on the board and tried cutting that.
The saw cuts well and is very stable. Although it cut smoothly I don’t think the blade is very good. It makes a click-click sound as it goes around. I think it’s the weld. But the blade is easily replaced with a nice one from Highland Woodworking.
On the whole, I think I’ve got a great band saw for a small shop!
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