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Floor Standing Bandsaw

Hello All,

I've decided I need a largish Bandsaw to cut Timber,  and occasionally Brass and other non-Fe. up to 1/2" thick.

I've done a lot of research on the 'net over the w/e and thankfully stopped myself from rushing off to spend a fortune on a new one. I've pretty much learned that Startrite seems to be the maker to focus on and as usual, Tony Griffiths' Lathes website gives a wealth of info for free, what an amazing resource that it, thanks once more Tony. If anyone knows better than that I'd appreciate being put right, I'm only on page 1.1 of Bandsaws!

I'm not averse to 3ph machines and not tight on space (can always shoehorn a new toy in!) so I think I might go for one of the 24" throat 10 speed jobs with 3 blade wheels. Again, very willing to be educated on this. Blade availability is also a factor so it would be good to hear about your favourite supplier.

Does anyone have medium to long term experience of using a Startrite or similar machine, the benefits, pitfalls and breakdowns I'm likely to encounter, and just as important, does anyone have a machine for sale that would suit me?

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Hi Steve, I have experience of looking after 2 startrite 352 bandsaws. Once you set them up they tend to stay set, unlike a lot of others!
If you go for the larger 3 wheel ones the blades could start to get expensive especially if your changing over to metal cutting blades frequently.
Unless your using the saw all the time I wouldn`t bother with a blade welder.
I would go for a 352 and a nice selection of blades personally. Just my 2 cents.
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HI  I agree with Glen. I looked after a 352 for about 8 years in a School very reliable machine but you would need to get the two speed model if you want to cut brass and aluminium or buy a 3 phase one and run it from an inverter (VFD) and vary the speed that way. The blade guides are very basic but work really well, they are probvably the best band saw about albeit quite expensive new .
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Thank you both, real experience is priceless in a situation like this.

It's easy to fall into the price trap, but important things like maintaining the setting is not something you're going to get from many sellers. I'll be hunting for a 352 and using a VFD to get over the speed problem - so easy these days!

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Steve I did add more info to my post but forgot to press correct button! You will be looking at plus £300 for a 352,  I fail to buy them on eBay for about that I’ve tried several times, dealer price seems to be £750 plus.   If they are educational machines they usually have lockable doors etc. They are very simply constructed and easy to repair. Most don’t get used that often they are really useful to have in a woodwork shop but from my experience don’t get used very much probably more in boat building.  I think most two wheel Startrite  bandsaws are similar so you may want to look at others. A 352 with correct blade will easily resaw 150 mm oak so they have plenty of power and capacity. I have a Kitty 319 which are considerably cheaper and almost as effective on wood, it really depends what you are sawing and blade choice is important. I have never tried carbide tipped blades as they are too expensive, I have tried sharpening blades but there is a lot of teeth to file!
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Thanks for even more useful info Ashley.

I can confirm absolutely that many begin on the online car boot sale at £300 as my target did, but I jumped out at £540 - single phase was not my first choice and the fence seems to be missing on just about every one and it was no different in that respect. I'll keep looking but I think the advice you both gave is good, and that is probably the right model for me (if at least 2 speed!)

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I did have a review of bandsaw guides that was published in Fine Woodworking, the best guides were very similar to the startrite ones. The review didn’t like the ball race type as they only support the blade at the contact point. I may be able to find a copy if anybody is interested but it borders on bandsaw nerdery, if you want to look it's here   https://www.dropbox.com/s/vhkovr4rc4y8d … 0.pdf?dl=0

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