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Alan Waddington 216/01/2019 17:16:28
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Been umming and aahing over one of these for a year or two, finally decided life was too short and took the plunge.......what a piece of kit !

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IanT16/01/2019 17:29:56
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Just checked the price - I think I'll "Ummm" and "Ahhhh" for a bit longer Alan. wink

IanT

Rob Rimmer16/01/2019 17:55:07
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Oooh!face 3

Alan Waddington 216/01/2019 18:24:41
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Posted by IanT on 16/01/2019 17:29:56:

Just checked the price - I think I'll "Ummm" and "Ahhhh" for a bit longer Alan. wink

IanT

Granted, budget option they are not, but i weighed up the cost against the frustration and wasted time iv'e had faffing about with cheapo's in the past and thought sod it........plus it's so compact and lightweight, it won't take up valuable real estate in my already cramped workshop.

Adrian 216/01/2019 18:51:24
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That looks the business Alan, really compact with a good capacity. How noisy is it? Can you liken the sound to something?

Regards Adrian.

David Standing 116/01/2019 19:13:59
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Posted by Adrian 2 on 16/01/2019 18:51:24:

How noisy is it? Can you liken the sound to something?

Regards Adrian.

A bandsaw? laugh

Alan Waddington 216/01/2019 19:14:35
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Posted by Adrian 2 on 16/01/2019 18:51:24:

That looks the business Alan, really compact with a good capacity. How noisy is it? Can you liken the sound to something?

Regards Adrian.

Iv'e only done the one test cut Adrian, a piece of 316 stainless. The speed is variable, and it has a chart with suggested speeds and feeds for different materials. So i had it set at the recommended speed of 3.5 and it was very quiet.

Top speed is 6 and i guess would be a bit noisier if set to that, but it's nothing like the racket my old belt drive Axminster used to make. More of a gentle whine.

Mike Poole16/01/2019 19:23:48
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A very nice machine, my old Rapidor is still plodding along but while I should just leave it to get on with the job I find myself just watching it so it probably wastes as much time as it saves.

Mike

Alan Waddington 216/01/2019 19:34:30
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Posted by Mike Poole on 16/01/2019 19:23:48:

A very nice machine, my old Rapidor is still plodding along but while I should just leave it to get on with the job I find myself just watching it so it probably wastes as much time as it saves.

Mike

Ahh the hypnotic throb of a donkey saw, takes me back to being an apprentice........we used to put a full bundle of 1/2 round bar in at a time and tack weld all the ends together.....then have a brew while it chewed through the lot. cheeky

Adrian 216/01/2019 20:13:28
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Thanks Alan, I like 'sound' of that.

Adrian.

martin perman16/01/2019 20:36:28
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I've just replaced the motor, belt and a few tweaks on my old power Bandsaw its now as noisy as a low whine also wink

Paul Lousick16/01/2019 20:40:06
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I bought a one of the previous designs of the bandsaw about 4 years ago. One of the best workshop acquisitions that I have made. Originaly sold for about $250 but recent prices have escalated. (search the web for best price).

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Quiet operation and light weight, (carry with one hand). Cuts a piece of 75x8mm steel angle in 2 minutes.

The round tube is filled with bees wax for lubricating the blade prior to cutting. My saw stand is not as sophisticated as yours Alan. (another one of those roundtuit projects to make a better one).

Alan Waddington 216/01/2019 20:56:50
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Posted by Paul Lousick on 16/01/2019 20:40:06:

I bought a one of the previous designs of the bandsaw about 4 years ago. One of the best workshop acquisitions that I have made. Originaly sold for about $250 but recent prices have escalated. (search the web for best price).

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Quiet operation and light weight, (carry with one hand). Cuts a piece of 75x8mm steel angle in 2 minutes.

The round tube is filled with bees wax for lubricating the blade prior to cutting. My saw stand is not as sophisticated as yours Alan. (another one of those roundtuit projects to make a better one).

Good to hear you have been pleased with it Paul, and that it’s still going strong. Proper bargain at $250......wish they were still available at that price.

ChrisB16/01/2019 21:03:05
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Posted by David Standing 1 on 16/01/2019 19:13:59:
Posted by Adrian 2 on 16/01/2019 18:51:24:

How noisy is it? Can you liken the sound to something?

Regards Adrian.

 

A bandsaw? laugh

 

Fast forward to 2:20 to hear it working: 

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=nv-G-Dcf3F8

If it's the same machine as in this video I'd say it's "ok", but I've seen quieter bandsaws.

Does it take cutting oil? I mean are the pulleys rubber coated?

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Edited By ChrisB on 16/01/2019 21:04:10

Philip Powell16/01/2019 21:17:25
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I bought a Femi bandsaw last year, it's brilliant. Does exactly what it says on the tin, also it's so compact I just get from under the bench cut what I need then put it out the way again. Came with a free spare bkade as well, not cheap but very good. Wouldn't be without it.

Phil.

Alan Waddington 216/01/2019 21:19:22
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Posted by ChrisB on 16/01/2019 21:03:05:

Posted by David Standing 1 on 16/01/2019 19:13:59:
Posted by Adrian 2 on 16/01/2019 18:51:24:

How noisy is it? Can you liken the sound to something?

Regards Adrian.

A bandsaw? laugh

Fast forward to 2:20 to hear it working:

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If it's the same machine as in this video I'd say it's "ok", but I've seen quieter bandsaws.

Does it take cutting oil? I mean are the pulleys rubber coated?

Edited By ChrisB on 16/01/2019 21:03:53

Edited By ChrisB on 16/01/2019 21:04:10

Not been inside yet so can’t answer regarding the pulleys, however afaik it’s designed to cut dry, the blade also runs in the opposite direction to every other bandsaw iv’e had.

Paul Lousick17/01/2019 00:45:49
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Noise depends on what you are cutting. Thin material that can flex will vibrate and make noise. This also depends on how you are holding it. Thin plate (or angle) held square to the vice jaw is noisy. Hold it at an angle and it is does not vibrate as much. Cutting thick plate or solid round is quiet.

The drive wheel on mine is rubber coated and will slip if oily. The bees wax which I use for lubrication is OK (bought it from a bandsaw blade supplier)

Paul.

fizzy17/01/2019 08:21:15
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mine hasnt seen the light of day since I bought a very worn Manchester donkey saw - best buy ever, tries to walk across the workshop floor but will cut through anything and blade lasts forever

Pete White17/01/2019 08:45:30
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Nice bit of kit there, sod the expense. Had a quick look for price and got bored, but just remember lads that £750 will barely get you a week in a residential care home. So might as well spend the money and enjoy.

That said I fettled up my old Manchester only yesterday. lol

They do tend to walk about a little as mentioned. My old Rapidor didn't do that, might have been because it was about five times as heavy lol

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Edited By Pete White on 17/01/2019 08:53:11

Douglas Johnston17/01/2019 09:24:06
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Posted by Pete White on 17/01/2019 08:45:30:

Nice bit of kit there, sod the expense. Had a quick look for price and got bored, but just remember lads that £750 will barely get you a week in a residential care home. So might as well spend the money and enjoy.

What a wonderful way of justifying workshop expense, I will remember that next time I want something expensive.

Doug

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