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Forum topic by stefang posted 06-27-2010 01:40 PM 4651 views 0 times favorited 8 replies Add to Favorites Watch
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06-27-2010 01:40 PM

My local woody store has a special price on a Woodfast MBS500 with an 11” height cutting capacity. I haven’t been in to see it yet, but I wondered if anyone was familiar with this saw or has one. I would like to know if it’s a good quality. I’m a little worried because it’s 2/3 the price of other saws like Record for example in the same size class. Any info would be greatly appreciated.

-- Mike, an American living in Norway.

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#1 posted 06-27-2010 02:26 PM

I did a google search and all the results came up Norwegian

-- No piece is cut too short. It was meant for a smaller project.

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#2 posted 06-27-2010 02:49 PM

Thanks for trying Lee. they are Australian. They do sell their lathes in the States, but probably not their bandsaws. I have also searched the net for reviews and found only one an Australian forum. It was very positive. The company I’m looking to buy it from is very good and they don’t sell bad stuff,and I’ve bought a lot from them, but I thought it prudent to check around a little anyway.

-- Mike, an American living in Norway.

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#3 posted 06-27-2010 04:48 PM

Sorry Mike never heard of that brand.

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#4 posted 06-27-2010 06:04 PM

Thanks again for trying to help Lee and Jim.

I’ve found out Woodfast bandsaws are marketed in America under the brand name ‘Rikon’ with some small, but not consequential changes. Basically the same saw, except the Woodfast has a much better fence. Rikon 18” is the equivalent to the Woodfast I am buying.

I’ll be picking it up tomorrow. It weighs about 350 lbs, so I hope I can handle it myself. My oldest son is on holiday and and my youngest one can’t help due to serious back problems. I do have a good dolly though, so I guess we will see if the old sailor has eaten enough spinach lately (wish me luck).

I’ve read some Rikon reviews and they seem to be highly rated. I won’t be using it intensely anyway and so it should be fine for me regardless.

I’ve been dreaming about a decent machine for resawing for many years now. The little 12” Delta I now have has served me well for about 13 years and still performs perfectly, but with it’s 1/2 hp motor and 6” cutting height it’s pretty useless for resawing. Now I just have to figure out what to do with the Delta. I guess I will give it to my son or just sell it if he doesn’t want it. I will probably keep it if I can find a place for it. Do you think anyone would notice if I placed it in the living room?

-- Mike, an American living in Norway.

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#5 posted 06-28-2010 12:39 PM

i’m sure the wife would love to have it in the livingroom ,
she will think up new things for you to make with it ,

after you finish dusting the whole house again (LOL) !

-- david - only thru kindness can this world be whole . If we don't succeed we run the risk of failure. Dan Quayle

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#6 posted 06-28-2010 01:51 PM

Put it in the living room and make a nice fabric slipcover for it.

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#7 posted 06-28-2010 02:05 PM

Hi David, I’m glad to report that the problem is solved. I was able to keep my old bandsaw by squeezing it into a small space (that’s my whole workshop). I now have room for the monster saw which I purchased this morning. I’m almost beside myself with Glee!

However, I am now having angst about getting it into place. It weighs 385 lbs unpacked. I have a good dolly though (the kind with wheels).

The woody store owner wouldn’t let me take it with in my trailer because we would have to lay it down and he didn’t like the idea of it bouncing in a crate laying flat as the crate isn’t all that rigid. He talked me into having it delivered, and he reduced the purchase price to pay for the delivery. What a guy! I have bought tons of stuff from him and he always goes the extra mile for me. A great 14 year business relationship.

My wife will have to use a shotgun to get me out of the shop now!! I just hope I don’t die too young to get some good use out of it.

I was saving up for this saw, but my wonderful wife said by the time I got enough saved up I would be too old to use it, so she authorized an immediate purchase. Am I a lucky man, or what? A great wife and a great saw. what could be better?

-- Mike, an American living in Norway.

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#8 posted 06-28-2010 02:22 PM

Any particular fabric you would care to recommend Knothead62?

-- Mike, an American living in Norway.

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