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Andy Standing  |  Nov 14, 2008  |  0 comments

The Rexon is an unusual machine, with a couple of features rarely found on a bandsaw. It’s a nicely-styled machine which sits securely on its widely-splayed base. A floor stand is available as an accessory. The main body is steel, with a plastic access door. On the top is a simple blade tension knob, with the tracking adjustment on the back panel.

Andy Standing  |  Nov 14, 2008  |  0 comments
The silver Draper is a neat little machine. It has an all-steel body with a one-piece metal access door. The blade runs on cast alloy wheels and the blade tensioning system is straightforward to use.

The steel and alloy upper blade guard houses a set of bearings similar to those used on the Titan, with small steel rods giving side support and a roller thrust bearing.

Andy Standing  |  Nov 14, 2008  |  0 comments
The Axminster is a smartlooking machine with a white steel body and a smooth cast-iron table. A good solid rip fence is supplied and also a plastic sliding mitre fence. The saw mounted on a steel cabinet base with considerable internal storage space.

The saw itself is strongly constructed and very well fi nished. The blade runs on a pair of cast alloy wheels which are well balanced and easy to adjust. The upper blade guard is alloy…

Allan Fyfe  |  Jun 03, 2008  |  0 comments

If, like me, you use traditional hand tools you know how important it is to sharpen them. The more work you do using your own motive force and wits the more you become aware of the value of a sharp chisel or saw.

Andy Standing  |  Nov 14, 2007  |  0 comments
The Titan is the cheapest machine on test. It has a steel body with a onepiece opening front door. The table is made from fairly rough alloy, and is supplied with a rip fence and a sliding plastic mitre fence.

The blade runs on a fairly small pair of alloy wheels, though it isn’t a problem to make it track properly and also to apply a fair amount of tension.

Good Woodworking  |  Nov 14, 2007  |  0 comments
In the UK, Startrite’s bandsaws have long been seen as something of a benchmark: the old UK-built models seem to go on forever, and are still to be found in workshops up and down the country. Startrite’s bandsaws are now made in Italy, but they enjoy the same build quality, and the 401E is absolutely rock solid.

At 390mm, the Startrite’s throat capacity is the smallest on test, but its depth of cut is a huge 400mm, which is a…

Andy Standing  |  Nov 14, 2007  |  0 comments
The Ryobi is an attractive piece of equipment which has been carefully designed, and it incorporates some useful features. The alloy body is well braced with a one-piece blade access door; somewhat surprisingly, there are no safety interlocks on it, so the machine will run with the door open.

The blade runs on a pair of fairly substantial cast alloy wheels, and there’s a good blade tensioning system with a quick-release…