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#1 posted 10-15-2018 01:09 AM

Are the Minimax MM16 s made in San Marino, Italy? I will definately be calling Sam tomorrow to discuss SCM s products…maybe I can even get a tour of some of their machine in Duluth. AHuxley: you mentioned you own several Minimax saws, what on earth could you be using them all for?

Also, are either one of you in Atlanta, GA?

- Zbowe88

The SCM bandsaws are built by Centauro in Modena not very far from the Ferrari F1 and road car facilities.

I don’t think SCM has much on display in Duluth and what they do have is likely not to be any of the classic woodworking machines.

Bandsaws have been a hobby within a hobby for me for 25 years. I keep somewhere between 5 and 8 in each of my two shops (one in LA and one in SC) because I like to use as many different ones as I can and I always have some sort of experiment going on. Normally they are all set up for different tasks. Currently I am rebuilding one of my shops specifically for more bandsaw room. The fascination grew because there is more misinformation and voodoo associated with bandsaws than any other machine, ask 10 bandsaw experts a question and you will get 11 answers. It has a lot to do with the fact we are asking flexible tooling to do the job of rigid tooling. The interesting thing is there are actually tons of peer-reviewed work on bandsaws (the real experts) because while small vertical bandsaws are almost dead in industry high-speed bandmills have seen an explosion of use with over the last couple of decades due to everyone wanting hardwood floors. Lots of this research applies to small vertical saws as well, it just has to be verified.

I suppose I didn’t specifically answer your question about what I use them for. Normally I will have 3 saws set up for resawing, one power fed and two hand fed with different blades. I will have 1 saw set up for prepping turning blanks and cutting green wood and 2 or three set up for contour cutting.

When it comes to bandsaws you have to remember the 10 experts/11 answers mantra. There are a ton of undiscussed (in the hobby) factors that make two seemingly very similar saw/blade combinations function quite differently so two people can be diametrically opposed on how to set one up and yet both be correct. It is best to pick one that makes sense and works for you and ignore the rest unless you want to go down the rabbit hole with the likes of me who seemingly took both the red and blue pill at the same time because it seemed prudent at the time.


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