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Forum topic by bons posted 03-24-2017 04:45 PM 551 views 0 times favorited 2 replies Add to Favorites Watch
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03-24-2017 04:45 PM

I am looking to upgrading my band saw. I have a Rikon 14 inch deluxe band saw. I think the Rikon may be ok for the home hobbyist-woodworker but I don’t think it’s a great band saw for more heavy duty resawing and large project sawing. I am very interested in the Hammer N4400. It gets great reviews and I am sure it’s a quality tool. My concern is this. The Hammer N4400 is a little on the “light” side as compared to other band saws in its HP and class range. The PM 1500, Jet, Oliver, Grizzly (I have the new Oliver 16” planer and 8” jointer-am very happy with both and are heavy duty machines) and other saws are considerably heavier than the Hammer 4400. Would appreciate any feedback on just the weigh issue and if I should just bite the bullet and pay the $$$$ for a Felder or PM 1500 or MM or a heavier saw because the weight is too critical to ignore (tensioning the blade etc.) when considering a band saw upgrade.


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#1 posted 03-24-2017 07:10 PM

Are you going to use 1”+ blades ? If yes the saw strength ( which equal to more mass) is important. If not that not so much.

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#2 posted 03-24-2017 08:05 PM

It appears you are mainly or completely considering new saws and resawing is your main objective. Resawing is primarily about horsepower and blade beam strength, in general you want to use a “wide” bi-metal or carbide blade tensioned in the 27,000 to 30,000 psi range. This requires a fairly stout saw and will result in a heavier saw but weight isn’t a fully accurate way to define this BUT it is an indication.

If budget permits then the answer is simple for new saws. Simply get the Minimax MM (SP) series that meets your capacity requirements. The Centauro built MM saws are the most rigid of any of the steel spined saws up to the 24” class then the Felder X40 saws are equal to them (the X10 Felder saws don’t match the MMs). If you don’t want to pay for a Minimax MM then the equation becomes a little less straightforward.

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