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Forum topic by Crickett posted 08-30-2016 04:13 PM 598 views 0 times favorited 10 replies Add to Favorites Watch
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Crickett

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08-30-2016 04:13 PM

Well after much deliberation, anguish, and research I just shelled enough dough to buy what I’m hoping to be my last bandsaw. The IWF just took place in Atlanta this past week which I was unable to attend, but I made a phone call to the SCM group and bought a new Minimax MM16 at a tremendous price as a result of the show promo. Shout out to Erik Loza @ SCM for the deal!! I new I wanted to go Italian for quality measures. By the PRO# it will be here Fri. I won’t be doing any initial reviews b/c I find them annoying and I need to use it first and become familiar with it. For anyone considering a first class bandsaw, give a serious look to the Minimax series. It will only hurt your wallet temporarily but in the long run it just makes sense. I spoke with the Felder/Hammer folks and nearly pulled the trigger on the Felder FB510 but I could not find a single factor that was of higher quality than the MM series. Not to mention the Felder unit was a cool grand higher than the MM but I guess their customer service/inside sales folks working on commission has a lot to do with that; not the case with SCM- they just want to get you into a great machine and earn future business that way. Anyways, I’m extremely anxious for it to get here and eventually share my thoughts with the group.


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dbray45

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#1 posted 08-30-2016 04:18 PM

Looks to be a seriously nice tool. Be safe.

-- David in Damascus, MD

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Fred Hargis

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#2 posted 08-30-2016 04:24 PM

You will love it, and it will be the last band saw you ever need (though you may still buy another). Congrats!

-- Our village hasn't lost it's idiot, he was elected to congress.

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Crickett

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#3 posted 08-30-2016 04:33 PM

Thanks guys. B/C of the industry that I work in, I have access to buying Lenox blades at cost so I ordered three different Trimaster sizes and hope to use this machine for most of my ripping tasks (among other things) rather than my cabinet saw if the cuts are really as clean as I’m expecting. The 42 minute demo on the MM series on Youtube really helped me make up my mind, and talking with Erik sealed the deal.

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Bill White

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#4 posted 08-30-2016 04:50 PM

Don’t be anxious, be EAGER. :)
Bill

-- bill@magraphics.us

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splintergroup

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#5 posted 08-30-2016 06:19 PM

I have an earlier MM16 from about 12 years ago. You are going to like its abilities!
I just hope they have cut down on the amount of cosmoline you have to clean up…

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Crickett

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#6 posted 08-30-2016 07:45 PM

it’s a much needed upgrade from my small 14” Griz. I did wind up retrofitting the Griz with a 3hp motor but in the end it was like putting a bowtie on a cow. From all I’ve read and spoken with SCM I think I’ll be pretty darn happy for a very long time. Like my dad always said, you buy your last tool first. In my case, I bought the Griz just to get started in the craft and quickly learned of its shortcomings.

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splintergroup

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#7 posted 08-30-2016 08:13 PM


Like my dad always said, you buy your last tool first.
- Crickett

Good advice!

I eventually bought and restored a mid-60’s 14” Powermatic for smaller blades. It gets to be a hassle swapping from a wide resaw blade to a narrow blade for cutting curves. (ergo, you might want to keep the Griz around).

Spend some time carefully setting up the MM. Mine came dialed in from the factory, but being sure the blade guide post is exactly parallel and the table is square to the blade goes a long way to enjoyment. One nice feature with these industrial saws is once you set them up, they have the bolts to lock down the adjustments for good.

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Crickett

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#8 posted 09-02-2016 05:30 PM

Well, there she is. Now that’s how I like to start a long weekend.Lets of set up time lays ahead.

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Fred Hargis

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#9 posted 09-02-2016 06:45 PM

Nice! I bought mine used and brought it home that way (laying back on it’s spine). I was wondering how I was going to get it to stand up when #1 grandson showed up (6’4”, 220#) so I recruited him to help. While I was thinking everything through, he stepped to the top of the saw and tipped it up right out of the trailer. I now know there are holes in the top of the upper wheel house that are made for lifting straps, so if I need to do it again, I’ll use the engine hoist.

-- Our village hasn't lost it's idiot, he was elected to congress.

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splintergroup

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#10 posted 09-02-2016 07:07 PM

They sure upgraded the crating since I purchased mine!

The Yahoo user group created a setup manual back in 2004 that still has relevant info for your more modern version. I’m not sure what form of documentation is currently shipping.

Enjoy!

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