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Forum topic by reelman65 posted 04-23-2014 04:08 PM 4938 views 0 times favorited 10 replies Add to Favorites Watch
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reelman65

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04-23-2014 04:08 PM

Topic tags/keywords: bandsaw

http://www.hammerusa.com/us-us/products/bandsaws/bandsaw-n4400-equipment.html

n4400 for 2195

Any thoughts on the 4400 ?

I am in the market for a good resaw bandsaw. I am not really looking for the older industrial stuff that so many people love. I would prefer new, bells and whistles, warranty with less durability than the industrial behemoth that will last longer than me. I will only be using the tools a few hours a week and not 3 shifts/day etc.

I would like to spend as little as possible, but I could go as high as 3k.

Resaw capacity at least 13”
1” blade
nice fence
cast iron trunnion

I basically want minimal tinkering. I understand that people like tinkering, I do too,,,,with cars, guns, fishing tackle, but with WW, I want to tinker with the wood, not with the tool.

Others on my list: MM16, G0636XB, Maybe Laguna LT16HD if I can find a sale.

am I missing any?

are there cheaper saws that would accomplish what I need?

thanks!
B


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Joseph Jossem

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#1 posted 04-23-2014 04:30 PM

looks like a laguna?

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Wildwood

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#2 posted 04-23-2014 04:57 PM

If had a bigger shop and 220V would love to have either the N3800 or N4400 band Saw. I have been following the N4400 for couple years now. I see they have updated their video’s. I have looked at the other band saws and still prefer the Hammer saws.

-- Bill

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Surfside

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#3 posted 04-23-2014 08:28 PM

Hammer band saws are great when it comes to specs, design and durability.

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tengallonhat

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#4 posted 04-23-2014 08:55 PM

If the 3.5HP motor is not a requirement I would highly recommend the Grizzly G0513X2B.
http://www.grizzly.com/products/17-2-HP-Extreme-Series-Bandsaw-w-Cast-Iron-Trunnion-Brake-/G0513X2B

At $1400 shipped it’s a serious bargain and meets every requirement you listed. I have the G0513 which is the basic model and it’s pretty awesome even without all the upgrades, so the X2B is bound to be great.

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reelman65

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#5 posted 04-23-2014 09:42 PM

10 Gallon,
have you resawn much on the Grizzly? if so is it easy to set up?

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#6 posted 04-23-2014 09:50 PM

I haven’t done much yet, but it’s one of the main reasons I bought it. Mine is upgraded to use the Resaw fence that comes stock on G0513X2B which is very solid. Combined with a Woodslicer blade it’s a really affordable way to get good quality resawn boards. Setting up the blade/fence to resaw is pretty simple but there’s always a little with changing bandsaw blades.

The X2 product page has two really informative videos that sold me on the quality and featuers.
http://www.grizzly.com/products/17-Bandsaw-2HP-w-Cast-Iron-Trunnion/G0513X2

Woodslicer Blades:
http://www.highlandwoodworking.com/woodslicer-resaw-bandsaw-blades.aspx

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tengallonhat

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#7 posted 04-25-2014 04:31 PM

A sample piece of poplar I resawed as my test piece. The initial setup (putting in my Woodslicer blade, setting guides, squaring fence etc… ) was about 15 minutes. Pushing this poplar through was like butter and those are the sawn faces so you can see how smooth it is. Some light sanding and it would perfect.

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MJCD

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#8 posted 04-25-2014 04:49 PM

I had the N4400 for two years, and have pushed it hard during this time. A very capable saw.

It’s very close to the Laguna in looks – I believe that mine was built in the same factory – not by Felder. However, there are more than cosmetic differences; also, Laguna has such a spotty record for Customer Service and quality control, that, personally, I wouldn’t touch their equipment. Though Felder is very Teutonic in their approach to customer service and bedside manner, they do sell an excellent saw.

4 of 4 stars.
MJCD

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Jorge G.

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#9 posted 04-26-2014 04:29 PM

I have an N4400, the guides are terrible you will have to replace them. The rod that makes the guides go up and down on mine was slightly bent. Every time I raise or lower the guides I have to re adjust them. I don’t know how it is in the US, but here in Mexico which is a country not know for stellar customer service, Felder/Hammer has been the worst company I have dealt with. If I lived in the US, I would go for a Grizzly. I know Felder/Heammer insist their machines are all made in Austria, but I doubt that Hammer is made in Austria. It looks too much like band saws I see made in China.

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reelman65

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#10 posted 05-05-2014 10:00 AM

thanks for the replies everyone!

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