Workzone Bandsaw

  1. Wightsparks

    Wightsparks Forum Supporter

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    Typical, I was just thinking how for once my wallet has avoided the curse of the MIG forum as I really didn't need one of these because I already have 2 evo chop saws, a plasma cutter and 3 grinders - and what i would really like is a small metal cutting vertical band saw... :doh:
     
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  2. Carl Wilson Member

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    Bought one.
     
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  3. fnlvder Forum Supporter

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    Having tried the saw, I'm still don't know if the vice is any good. I put a clamp onto the jaws just in case it came loose and broke the only blade I had.

    I was also surprised at the lack of covers but it seems very few saws I looked at had them.
    I had a look about on various forums for posts about broken blades and none of them mentioned anything about injuries or damage caused by flying blades. I doubt the saws would be sold without guards if this was likely to be an issue.
     
  4. Pigeon_Droppings2 Member

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    The blades need tension to drive...would have thought if they break they just stop being driven.
     
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  5. SteScouse

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    Thats what happens on the one i have,, its a Clarke but works on same principle
     
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  6. Pigeon_Droppings2 Member

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  7. RichardM Member

    mine came today - bits to do sometime:

    calibrate and mark 0 degrees for repeatability.
    highlight degrees marks.
    put a little bump stop on it.
    make an upright bandsaw stand with a rip fence on it.
    alter clamp system some time.

    Apart from that very happy :thumbup:
     
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  8. Carl Wilson Member

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    Mine has been dispatched.
     
  9. Carl Wilson Member

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    Put the saw together this afternoon.

    My first thoughts are:-

    It's pretty quiet, much more than I expected.

    Fitting the blade was a bit of a faff.

    Vice definitely needs improvement.

    Swivel mount for angled cuts also needs improvement. It's pretty sloppy.

    Other than the above, first impressions are favourable. I think it's good value for money.
     
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  10. Carl Wilson Member

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    Had a quick look at the saw this morning. I think I can add bushes to the swivel bracket and base to make the mounting more stable.
     
  11. Henrik Member

    Here's mine (very temporarily mounted to the wall).
    IMG-20191005-WA0010.jpeg IMG-20191005-WA0011.jpeg

    It's great, IMO. Definitely not a quiet tool, but much quieter than an angle grinder etc. With the workshop door closed, there's only a hum outside.

    My next steps are to build a base for it so I can mount it to the vise or have it freestanding on a table/floor. Also need to make a worktable for it, obviously :)

    It easily munched through 10mm steel, and a 1.5mm wall thickness stainless steel pipe.
     
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  12. Kram

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    Most of my stuff is short offcuts, so wont hold in the vice. I might make a plate with lots of m8 tapped holes to clamp things down to.
     
  13. RichardM Member

    I've accelerated improving the vice after cutting some angle up for a new metal storage rack, backed off on a couple of occasions.
    All set up in the lathe to cut a 16mm thread tomorrow (dog and rugby allowing!) and I've just ordered some spare blades ;)
     
  14. RichardM Member

    Some of the rugby was cancelled so I did some alterations to the vice!

    Old system:
    IMG_4701.JPG

    New Parts: IMG_4702.JPG

    The threaded steel block is tapered to fit the housing, the original spring, two pieces of plastic conduit and a couple of washers keep it located:
    IMG_4705.JPG

    The small nylon T piece is to stop the moving jaw lifting as they put a nice slot in the vice base to allow me to fit it:
    IMG_4704.JPG

    All screwed together:
    IMG_4709.JPG
     
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  15. bricol Member

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    Noticed your original clamp bar was improved from mine in that it was knurled - I guess it didn't make that much of a difference?
     
  16. RichardM Member

    It did back off slightly when I was cutting angle iron. It may have been more of an issue with the moving jaw being able to lift than the actual locking system.
     
  17. Kram

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    This lump of 5" aluminium arrived today. Plan to cut a 20mm length off to use as a pulley. Id not have bought it without the bandsaw, as hacksaw'ing this much would be a pain! Looks like I might have to!

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    Will have to unbolt it..

    Question about blades - any wide stuff and it'll be dragging the chip through the cut and trying to jam. I saw this cutting 100mm wide 42mm thick bar.. A coarser blade would have more clearance, but also bigger chips.
    I think a pulsing pressure would help, so it is not continuously cutting?
     
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  18. Pigeon_Droppings2 Member

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    I cut the flanges off a stainless exhaust at the weekend....same saw and went through it like butter.

    So much nicer to use than an angle grinder!
     
  19. Kram

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    Using hand-held was a challenge I went 2.5mm off line.
    This would be a much better tool if the movement was straight up and down, no silly pivot. Should not be difficult to do!
     
  20. Henrik Member

    Hmm where did my photo go? Maybe I posted it on the wrong thread...

    Scrap metal table for the saw:
    IMG-20191124-WA0013.jpeg
     
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