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Forum topic by LSGss posted 05-21-2019 03:13 PM 476 views 0 times favorited 3 replies Add to Favorites Watch
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05-21-2019 03:13 PM

Hello all. Looking for advice regarding bandsaw purchase. I have seen multiple forums with similar discussions but haven’t found the answer I was looking for specifically. I apologize if it is a duplicate discussion.

I am looking to purchase a large bandsaw but for hobby use. Ideally I subscribe to by the best and cry once theory and rather get something now that will last a long time. I am interesting in re-sawing, making veneer for furniture use and general bandsaw use.

I am currently looking at the Felder/Hammer Lineup. I have a hammer k3 and will get at a3-41 eventually. So far I have gotten prices for N4400 ($3600 including S/H), Felder FB510 ($4500 w/ S/H) and Felder FB610 ($5400 s/h). It seems to me that for my uses the FB510 is the sweet spot with a resaw capacity of 16”. It seems like going up to 610 gets me a larger flywheel and table size, not sure if that is worth it. I am aware that these are not Italian brand ACM, not sure that it matters much to me as they seem to be very well made regardless.

My questions therefore is how do these compare to Minimax 16 and 20, i havent emailed for prices yet although on ReardonWoodworking it seems like pricing would be about $3900 and $4800 respectively although I haven’t contacted MM directly so I could be way off. Lastly I was looking at the Laguna line specifically LT16 Italian $3750, LT18 $4000, LT20 $4500.

I tend to over analyze and research things. Im guessing for my purposes any of these will do but I wanted to opinion of people more knowledgeable. Also I am open to buying used and other suggestions. Thank you for the help.

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#1 posted 05-21-2019 03:50 PM

If you want to save a few bucks, look for a vintage Tannewitz or maybe a Delta or Powermatic. Old saws were built like tanks and made to last. Parts could be a problem obtaining, but if the saw was well cared for, it shouldn’t need any replacement parts, other than bearings which are easily obtained. Other saws to consider are Northfield and Crescent. I am very skeptical about anything made in China and would prefer it be made in the USA, even if it is old. The technology hasn’t changed over the past hundred years; only cosmetic changes.

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#2 posted 06-10-2019 11:49 AM

I’m not particularly worried about saving a few bucks as long as I get a great machine. I just wanted to see if anyone had any experiences with these models or maybe multiple ones.

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#3 posted 06-10-2019 04:53 PM

I have an older MM16 with the 12” resaw capacity and 3.6HP motor For my uses I’ve never wished for more height or power, but as you surmise it cannot hurt 8^)

Resawing gets better with wider blades and more tension which favor the larger saws. Look for as big of a table as you can and capable fence or the ability to add one.

It’s difficult to compare a MM with a Fender unless you can get there in person. Is the blade guide shaft stable when locked down? Is it parallel to the blade (or at least easily adjusted to be parallel). Is the table tilt easy to use? (if you use that feature a lot). How is the dust collection?

The big problem, especially with tools of this scale, is finding someone who has used both models. Typically you can find someone who has used one of these tools extensively (like me), but never has laid hands on the other. Also there is the problem that although I have used my saw extensively, it has been over years and that saw is no longer available except for the used market. I have no idea about the current MM16.

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