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Forum topic by RedShirt013 posted 06-26-2009 12:58 AM 975 views 0 times favorited 2 replies Add to Favorites Watch
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06-26-2009 12:58 AM

Was just looking at Steel City’s new product list and apparently they are making a granite bandsaw with a granite wheel. I think the model is 50130

Although I’m not against granite (I have the SC bandsaw with granite table) all these new machiney made with granite parts (lathe, bandsaw etc) just don’t feel right. Are we going to get granite trunnions in the future?

Not only that, the bottom wheel of the bandsaw is granite but the top wheel is cast iron. I am baffled. Why can’t they make them both granite?

-- Ed

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#1 posted 06-26-2009 01:13 AM

Center of gravity i.e. too topheavy?

-- Jim in Alaska

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#2 posted 06-26-2009 06:00 AM

One wheel would certainly act like a giant flywheel like the old steam machinery and carry the momentum of the blade through tough spots. Seems to me it would also slow recovery time when it does bog and you have to back out of a cut. I’m with you Ed, seem like too much. I’ve got the SC granite top 14in bandsaw, just about to put the riser block in for resawing. The table is nice for a BS but I had to pass on the table saw. Magnets, chipping T-slots, etc. Cast has been the best for 200 years, think it will do me for the remainder of my woodworking. Purplev has a good view on it, cheaper for manufacture. I’m rambling now, later. BTKS

-- "Man's ingenuity has outrun his intelligence" (Joseph Wood Krutch)

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