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Forum topic by lacheur posted 02-18-2020 01:16 PM 269 views 0 times favorited 5 replies Add to Favorites Watch
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lacheur

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02-18-2020 01:16 PM

An 18” Foremost band saw is coming up for auction near me, and I’m trying to find anything about about it. There is exactly one hit on Google, which leads me to believe it’s 2HP, but that’s literally all the information I have. Oh, and also it appears that Foremost was a company based in Washington, which might bode well.

Anybody know anything about this saw?

The model number is: MAWB004A or MAWBOO4A, depending on who you ask. But probably MAWB004A.

Here’s the best and only picture I have:
https://imgur.com/a/SHqnwBy


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#1 posted 02-18-2020 02:42 PM

They were one of the many Taiwan companies building more or less Delta clones. I believe they went out of business over 10 years ago. If you can get it cheap, it will likely work ok.

-- Darrel

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#2 posted 02-18-2020 04:53 PM

Ah, gotcha. What would you consider “cheap” for something like that? I’m having trouble finding comparable saws.

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#3 posted 02-18-2020 06:38 PM



Ah, gotcha. What would you consider “cheap” for something like that? I m having trouble finding comparable saws.

- lacheur

I’m in Canada and it always seems like tools go for less in the States. Here I would guess $200 to $400 Cdn.

-- Darrel

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#4 posted 02-18-2020 08:01 PM

I’m in Canada and it always seems like tools go for less in the States. Here I would guess $200 to $400 Cdn.

- Foghorn

Cool, thanks for the insight!

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#5 posted 02-18-2020 09:46 PM

History lesson:

Foremost (part of china to US) was generic name given to Taiwan before it was called Taiwan. Taiwan was producing decent quality products and when they started to export products, some even said made in Foremost for couple years.

Export companies (people with money, who buy tools with private name labels, and then sell them to others overseas) used to be only way to buy Taiwan made tools, due government investment restrictions, money transfer issues, and language challenges. Several exporters used ‘Foremost’ in product name, I.E. Foremost Industries, Foremost Tools, Foremost Silverware, etc; just like companies adopt any local city name for business. There are still some Foremost named companies that came from that era in time, but original exporter (or OEM) of that tool is long gone due the age. Parts of it might exist inside a new company, and it’s very likely the actual mfg that made the tool still exists. But you will never find it using the Foremost name. :-0(

Don’t get lost in history! :-)

The 18” cast iron saw was more expensive than ubiquitous 14” band saw and not as many were made. but, the saw was imported by several companies. Have seen Foremost, Dayton, Harbor freight, Grizzly, and Craftex (Busybee-Canada) branded versions of that saw over the years.

The Grizzly version is G1012:
https://www.grizzly.com/products/Grizzly-18-Woodcutting-Bandsaw/G1012
There are reviews on the G1012 version if you search for them.
Grizzly discontinued the G1012 around the turn of century, as the stamped/welded large frame band saws became cheaper to make. The move was part of broader industry change to reduce the cost of Taiwan made tools compete with cheap China cast iron produced by subsidized government steel mills. But I digress….

Have worked on G1012. My only observation is the cast iron saw frame has similar rigidity issues of the smaller version. If you attempt to use large blade with too much tension, the frame flexes slightly and blade jumps/struggles to cut very hard wood. Not saying it is bad saw, as it will resaw 9-10” lumber all day with 2HP motor. Just have to use proper blade and tension, not push it to extremes; I.E. respect it’s capability. Shop that had that saw was using Timberwolf blades with great success.

As far as price:
Have seen them sell for $100 to ~500. Had one listed on area CL @ $500 for couple months, that sold after price reduction to $350. They are not in same league as current 18” band saws as far as capability, so I wouldn’t break piggy bank to buy one. Being a cheap SOB, my target is more like $150-250.
https://www.lumberjocks.com/CaptainKlutz/blog/129795

Auction tools can be challenge. Never know how it was used, or maintained; and if it needs repairs. 90% of old tools i see at auction were sitting in corner unused as they had minor issues? Rebuilding a band saw can have all kinds of hidden expenses. There are a pile of bearing inside band saw. Wheels have 2 each, (2) in motor, (2) on intermediate shaft, (4-6) in guides; rebuilding one is not hard, but dozzen new quality bearings is $100 out of pocket? Plus have to worry about tires ($60), blade guides, and blades. Give saw careful inspection before purchase, or bid low enough to afford the rebuild.

Hope this helps.

PS – It appears to be barely used in small shop, and with the age and state of upkeep; would plan on all new bearings So you know how much it takes to beat my bid, I will probably stop bidding on that saw ~$150-$175 range. See you at the auction! lol

Best Luck.

-- If it wasn't for bad luck, I wouldn't have no luck at all, - Albert King - Born Under a Bad Sign released 1967

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