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#1 posted 08-06-2016 04:05 PM


I do not own nor have any experience with Magswitch products, but I have some thoughts.

I would think that if resawing on the bandsaw, the single roller guide would be the way to go. It looks like a product designed for resawing when otherwise using the bandsaw fence fails to produce a straight cut. Therefore a pivot point mounted to the fence would allow the workpiece to be pivoted during the cut thereby producing a consistent thickness.

Other than making the workpiece a little easier to feed, I fail to see the advantage of the dual roller system on the bandsaw. The design of the dual roller system seems to anticipate the workpiece being held in contact with both roller guides throughout the cut. If a straight cut can be made using the bandsaw fence, then the dual roller guide system should also work, but to what advantage over the fence.

With a bandsaw in the shop, I am not sure why timber would be re-sawn at the table saw. Before I acquired a bandsaw I used the table saw for resawing and it always made me a little nervous. Now I only use the bandsaw for re-sawing. Nonetheless, if resawing on the table saw, the dual roller system would be the way to go, if attached to the fence. However, I am not sure that it offers an advantage to using the table saw’s fence, perhaps outfitted with a tall auxiliary fence.

The dual roller guide system could be used as out feed support at either the bandsaw or table saw, but it has limited bearing surface and I am not sure how it would be mounted as outfeed support.

It appears that both products require a separate mounting base that is sold separately. It is my impression that these products rely on magnetic attraction to hold them in place. If there is no ferrous metal surface onto which to mount the base, a mechanic attaching system, I suppose, could be designed and built – just not sure. I found the Universal Base on Amazon by searching Magswitch Universal Base Universal Base Magswitch. I did not post the link since my search produced a result for USA consumers.

It may be worthwhile to check the Magswitch web site in an effort to find a local retailer where you could go to look at their products first hand. If lucky and a local vendor is found and you can handle the product, most of your questions will probably melt away.

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