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I’ll need a room too. Got totally carried away and bought TWO packs of ‘fruit gums’!!
At the next meeting we'll all want to hear a thorough review of that sander and the bandsaw!

Parkside sanders tend not to have a good reputation. Interested to see if that's changed.

I had one of the earliest cheapo bandsaws, ten years ago (the one's with the old fashioned curvy body shell) and it was rubbish! I could never get it tuned up and none of the nuts stayed tight once tightened. I got a long wavy cut every time. I dismantled it in the end, and used bits for other things.

So, I'm also interested to see if better technology and materials have, over the last ten years, "rolled down hill" (usually only one thing in life rolls down hill, and it ain't money :poop:).
 

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At the next meeting we'll all want to hear a thorough review of that sander and the bandsaw!

Parkside sanders tend not to have a good reputation. Interested to see if that's changed.

I had one of the earliest cheapo bandsaws, ten years ago (the one's with the old fashioned curvy body shell) and it was rubbish! I could never get it tuned up and none of the nuts stayed tight once tightened. I got a long wavy cut every time. I dismantled it in the end, and used bits for other things.

So, I'm also interested to see if better technology and materials have, over the last ten years, "rolled down hill" (usually only one thing in life rolls down hill, and it ain't money :poop:).
Bandsaw first:
I don’t know how useful this will be as I’ve never owned or used a bandsaw before in my life, but here goes:
The bad
1. It’s flimsy. I’m glad it comes with a 3 year warranty because I’m pretty sure I’ll end up snapping something off eventually.
2. It’s hard to set up because of point 1. I have 0 points of comparison, but adjusting the guide bearings causes the guide pins to shift and the whole thing is hard to gauge cos you can’t really see the blade from most angles. I didn’t manage to improve on the factory settings much, but I’m confident I can do it better, with practice.
3. The fence is awful (see point 1). Really hard to get straight and tight to the table, but it kind of works in the end.
The good
1. It comes pretty much ready to go. I had a good play with it, but I could theoretically have tensioned it up and started cutting straight away.
2. The blade is lovely. I mean I haven’t got a clue what it’s supposed to be like, but a) the cut is super smooth and fine b) only looks burnt in places where I was ‘trying something out’ and c) it didn’t snap -despite being twisted around by an enthusiastic amateur. As you can tell I struggled a bit on circles.. but that’s probably me. Or the wrong blade..?
3. The dust collection is quite good. It’s not really needed as the cut is so fine, but it sucks dust downwards effectively and is easy to connect to a normal vacuum.
4. It’s nice and quiet. So much so that i was reluctant to turn on my vacuum until in-between cuts cos it’s SO loud by comparison.
5. I made some really neat straight cuts with very little (0.4mm) variation over a 40cm cut. That was on my first attempt with any bandsaw ever. So I’m impressed.
6. It’s nice and light. I carried it indoors to the warm so I could have a good play around then back out to the shed again. So I’m not worried about space - it can be shifted easily.
I’m really chuffed with it. I’ve got an actual functioning bandsaw for less than £100. I’ve got a project on right now that is ready for it - just need to practice/fiddle a bit more.
Happy days!
 

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@Shane1978: You sound just like I was a few years back mate (only I bought a really cheapo - and NOT very good really - Einhell band saw).

Two things really helped me with getting the best out of it:

1. A set of Band Saw DVDs from Steve Maskery of this parish ("Workshop Essentials", easy to find by searching here). I know that there's free stuff on the Internet about setting up band saws, but believe me, Steve's DVDs are overall MUCH better than what I found on the net and I still consider those DVDs (3 I think it was) one of the best few quid I've ever spent on the hobby (usual disclaimers);
AND;
2. A few blades to suit that machine from "Tuff Saws" (Ian John, also of this parish and also easy to find). He has all grades, types and sizes available (made to order) prices are reasonable, delivery very quick, and he's VERY helpful with his advice and guidance, especially for newbies. Again "usual disclaimers".

HTH
 

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Bandsaw first:
I don’t know how useful this will be as I’ve never owned or used a bandsaw before in my life, but here goes:
The bad
1. It’s flimsy. I’m glad it comes with a 3 year warranty because I’m pretty sure I’ll end up snapping something off eventually.
2. It’s hard to set up because of point 1. I have 0 points of comparison, but adjusting the guide bearings causes the guide pins to shift and the whole thing is hard to gauge cos you can’t really see the blade from most angles. I didn’t manage to improve on the factory settings much, but I’m confident I can do it better, with practice.
3. The fence is awful (see point 1). Really hard to get straight and tight to the table, but it kind of works in the end.
The good
1. It comes pretty much ready to go. I had a good play with it, but I could theoretically have tensioned it up and started cutting straight away.
2. The blade is lovely. I mean I haven’t got a clue what it’s supposed to be like, but a) the cut is super smooth and fine b) only looks burnt in places where I was ‘trying something out’ and c) it didn’t snap -despite being twisted around by an enthusiastic amateur. As you can tell I struggled a bit on circles.. but that’s probably me. Or the wrong blade..?
3. The dust collection is quite good. It’s not really needed as the cut is so fine, but it sucks dust downwards effectively and is easy to connect to a normal vacuum.
4. It’s nice and quiet. So much so that i was reluctant to turn on my vacuum until in-between cuts cos it’s SO loud by comparison.
5. I made some really neat straight cuts with very little (0.4mm) variation over a 40cm cut. That was on my first attempt with any bandsaw ever. So I’m impressed.
6. It’s nice and light. I carried it indoors to the warm so I could have a good play around then back out to the shed again. So I’m not worried about space - it can be shifted easily.
I’m really chuffed with it. I’ve got an actual functioning bandsaw for less than £100. I’ve got a project on right now that is ready for it - just need to practice/fiddle a bit more.
Happy days!
This sounds, for the most part, exactly like the one I bought years ago (the old style ones with the rounded frame) and eventually dismantled, cut up and scavenged for any useful pieces because I could not get it to cut straight! Like yours, the blade on mine was great. Smooth and no splintering, but every single damn cut was a curve! I tightened a nut, and instantly I started cutting, the blade was no longer straight. Or the guide. The tensioner was probably a bit floppy, as well. And it was noisy as hell!
 

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Heads up for Sunday 7th March!

Anyone know who the original manufacturer of this table saw is? Looks good value at £99.99

 

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Heads up for Sunday 7th March!

Anyone know who the original manufacturer of this table saw is? Looks good value at £99.99

The way to know is to look at the back of the manual for the tool.
This is the parkside PTK 2000 E3 (I think) and the manual is here:


at the back it lists the service centre for the tool (best guess is that’s the manufacturer). In this case it’s made by Grizzly.
That fence looks 100% parkside though, so be prepared to change it.

On a separate note I’ve cracked the code for what’s coming up next (mostly):
It’s Czech Republic and Ireland. They have the same plugs as us and always seem to have most of the same stuff as us just before we get it. They had the paint sprayer (that’s being sold all over Europe this month) and the bench grinder last week.
 

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On a separate note I’ve cracked the code for what’s coming up next (mostly):
It’s Czech Republic and Ireland. They have the same plugs as us and always seem to have most of the same stuff as us just before we get it. They had the paint sprayer (that’s being sold all over Europe this month) and the bench grinder last week.
Well done, that man. Very cunning, following the plugs!

Irish Lidl is a bit funny with how they title their categories. DIY is "Tool Time" (with Tim the Toolman Taylor?). Fitness is called "Running Rapidly". Okay...
 

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Irish Lidl is a bit funny with how they title their categories. DIY is "Tool Time" (with Tim the Toolman Taylor?).
off a tangent I know, but the toolman taylor comment reminded me of a youtube video I saw a few days ago, apparently Tim, Al and a fairly well known you tube woodworker, april wilkerson, are making a DIY TV show, very much along the lines of tool time, airing on the history channel apparently (you know it makes sense?)
 
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found a excerpt from an episode, I'd definately watch this, if I had the history channel. maybe it'll make its way onto Dave at some point
 

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found a excerpt from an episode, I'd definately watch this, if I had the history channel. maybe it'll make its way onto Dave at some point
Looks good. I like April Wilkerson. She taught me how to use sketchup. Good to see Tim and Al together too.
 

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That show might be on some of the streaming services as well. Netflix or Amazon.

God, Tim the Toolman! That takes me back. It was daft but it was fun.

Sketchup. I tried learning that from the Wood Working for Mere Mortals guy, but it was hard to follow. I'll have to look up this other channel.
 

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That show might be on some of the streaming services as well. Netflix or Amazon.

God, Tim the Toolman! That takes me back. It was daft but it was fun.

Sketchup. I tried learning that from the Wood Working for Mere Mortals guy, but it was hard to follow. I'll have to look up this other channel.
Looking up April Wilkinson, now that's a double entendre if I ever heard one.
 
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