Titan SF8R bandsaw review

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.

The upper blade guard is alloy and steel, and is held in position with a locking knob mounted on the back of the upper casing.

It’s fi tted with a fairly basic set of guides; the two side guides are simply small diameter steel rods and there’s a roller thrust bearing. However, all are easily adjusted and offer enough support when narrow blades are fi tted. An identical set of guides is mounted underneath the table.

doors open blade guard
1] A one-piece door gives access to the works
2] The upper blade guard is alloy and steel...
The table itself can be tilted to 45° for bevel cutting, and a large Bristol locking handle is fi tted to secure it in position. The rip fence is fairly crude and clamps onto the table at both ends, with a cam lever, while the mitre fence slides in a groove on the right-hand side of the blade.

The blade supplied with the machine was so poor that it veered off line wildly and threatened to destroy itself. However, once replaced, the Titan runs well and cuts remarkably accurately

locking knob table
3] …and is held in place with a locking knob
4] The table is made of fairly rough alloy, and the rip fence is crude
Facts & figures Motor power: 350W
Table size: 300 x 300mm
Cutting depth: 85mm
Throat: 190mm
Weight: 17.6kg
Accessories supplied: Rip and mitre fences
Verdict This is a budget-priced
machine, so you can’t
expect too much. It’s ideal
for the occasional user with
modest bandsawing needs.

Contact: Screwfix Direct
0500 414141

Performance 3/5
Value for money 4/5