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MJCD

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579 days ago

Several members have expressed interest in my expected delivery of the Hammer N4400 (17”) bandsaw. This arrived Thursday, last week, and I’ve had the opportunity to make two smallish projects (a Cherry serving tray, and a Tall Stool for my daughter) – nothing that would press a resaw test.

For the record, I’m leaving behind a 14” Delta that rattled and shaked, and seemed to never tension properly anything larger than 1/2”. For the Hammer, I paid $2,000, and installed a $50 WoodSlicer 1/2” blade – I didn’t have the working funds for the 1/2” Lenox Tri-Master.

The machine arrived in a well-built wooden casement; all parts were included, and it took me about an hour to get it ‘assembled’, aligned, and blade-guides set. The Hammer is a true European machine, and it does things metric (Felder provided metric wrenches for appropriate parts). As part of the Felder in-country service, pre-delivery they de-crate the machine, give it a close inspection, ensure all parts are included, and re-crate for final shipment. Mine arrived with a split plastic grommet (on the footbrake), which occurred during shipping – Felder has already mailed a replacement. Felder was great on the Customer Service, and when I called, they offered to have me speak with the technician who inspected my machine.

The blade guides are different from the Carter-type, which are excellent add-ons to the US saws. While my research show that individuals have strong views on different guides, I can see where the Hammer would provide much better blade support than the Carter-type. For my work these past two projects, I can properly tension the blade to where the guides were rarely touched – which is the way it’s supposed to be, anyway.

The saw was a joy to use on the two projects. Whereas my Delta sounded like a washing machine with a few loose marbles inside, the Hammer merely hummed: tight tolerance blade guides, 156” blade, and a 4hp induction motor – hummed along. The motor seems to be a soft-start feature.

Safety and engineering touches, which may be standard on larger saws: electronic cut-off switches on the upper and lower doors (if they’re not closed fully, the motor will not start); positive locking doors, and an external footbrake.

I can not compare this to the larger Powermatic, Grizzly, or Minimax machines – I have no experience with them. However, for the money, I feel the Hammer is both an excellent long-term investment, and a very capable saw – I intend to move some of my Table Saw work to the bandsaw.

This is not a review – two small projects do not a seasoned owner make. I’ll keep the Forum apprised.
MJCD

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woodshaver

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#1 posted 579 days ago

Sounds like you’ve got your self a great new bandsaw! Nice!

-- Tony C , My high school shop teacher said "You can do it"... Now I can't stop!

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MJCD

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#2 posted 578 days ago

Woodshaver:

Thanks. There is so little hard information generally available on the Hammer/Felder equipment that I wanted to communicate as much detail as possible – at this early juncture, such as Price, Fit & Finish, and Customer Service. I know that we each want our purchases to be ‘worth the investment’, and to communicate this – a bit of self-imposed rose-colored glasses. I have other Hammer/Felder equipment within my sights; and will use the N4400 as the bellweather for future investments. My Unisaw is aching, and my jointer is too small.

You Take Care.
MJCD

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woodshaver

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#3 posted 578 days ago

MJCD,
If I had the room I would go for a larger joiner also. All I have now is a toy 6” delta with aluminum tables. I’m constantly adjusting for trueness. Nothing like having quality tool to work with. Most of us love to hear about their experiences with new power tool’s I know I do. Thanks for the info! And good luck with your new equipment!

Tony

-- Tony C , My high school shop teacher said "You can do it"... Now I can't stop!

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#4 posted 577 days ago

I’m looking at the Hammer line, would love to know how the resaw test goes!

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MJCD

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#5 posted 577 days ago

CharlieW:

I’ll be doing one in about two days: a large walnut tree in an adjacent county park was downed last night – they’ll cut it up soon, and I can get several pieces. I’ll let you know.
MJCD

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Surfside

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#6 posted 577 days ago

Congratulations to your new band saw! Great investment!

-- "someone has to be wounded for others to be saved, someone has to sacrifice for others to feel happiness, someone has to die so others could live"

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#7 posted 577 days ago

I like Felder who make the cheaper version hammer products to a very high standard they come from Austria and are a family run business.I will be very very surprised if this does not give you years of trouble free bandsawing in fact your lifetime and more LOL Alistair

-- excuse my typing as I have a form of parkinsons disease

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#8 posted 566 days ago

MJCD,

one question about electrical connections. I assume the N4400 is using 220V. What plug/recepticle type are you using? Did the plug come with the machine?

oops, that is 2 questions.

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MJCD

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#9 posted 566 days ago

No Problem – I’m happy to address them …

The machine comes without a plug, by design, and requires 220V. I wired it with a 20amp 220V plug, consistent with Felder’s guideline.

The hammer manual recommends 30amp; however, when I spoke with Felder, they said this is only if you use a 440V setup – an industrial setting, no doubt. As I mention, above, the motor seems to have a soft-start property, so the amp surge shouldn’t impact your electrical breakers.

The machine has been a delight to use.
MJCD

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MJCD

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#10 posted 566 days ago

Some additional information.

I have the Hammer and my Unisaw on a #10 wire back to a 30amp breaker.

You should be OK with a #12 wire (good for 20amps), so long as nothing else will be running concurrently on the line. The #10 & 30amp is overkill for the Hammer/Unisaw, but I had the wire and the breaker handy.

MJCD

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#11 posted 565 days ago

Thanks.
I moved an unused 30amp 220v line from an outdoor jacuzzi, into the garage. The breaker is 30amp, so I ran a new 10/2 line. The breaker is turned off now. I was trying to figure out which recepticle to install. Since the N4400 comes sans-plug, I am planning on getting the L6-30r and L6-30p. I always liked the locking plug setup.

I haven’t ordered the bandsaw yet. But I am very close to calling Kyle to put in for the N4400.

It has extension tables as an option. Is that extra? Did you find a need for attachments?

Paul

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MJCD

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#12 posted 565 days ago

I am interested in the extension, as well – it is extra. The saw’s cost was at my upper discretionary spending limit, so I decided to wait on the extension until it was needed. At first, I thought that mounting holes would need to be tapped into the table; however, this is not necessary.

I plan to do rough ripping on the saw – it seems most individuals focus on resaw height; I’m more interested in more-safely ripping to rough width, then using the TS to trim the piece, with a final run across the joiner. I know this seems redundant; but I want to give it a try.

Order to delivery was about three months – Felder seems to be doing very well. Once in-country, Felder-Delaware had it about two weeks – they also squared the rip fence bar to the table, during their inspection.

For the blade, I was most interested in the Lenox Tri-Master (about $300); but I decided (spending constraints, again), to go with the Woodslicer, and I have nothing bad to say about this blade.

MJCD

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CharlieW

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#13 posted 564 days ago

Have you done your resaw test yet? How did it go?

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MJCD

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#14 posted 564 days ago

Charlie:

No. The walnut pieces are too large for me to handle – about 3’ in diameter, and I don’t own a chainsaw.

MJCD

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Surfside

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#15 posted 564 days ago

What projects are you currently doing with your saw?

-- "someone has to be wounded for others to be saved, someone has to sacrifice for others to feel happiness, someone has to die so others could live"

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