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Chris Knight

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For those folk who like cast iron, there is a good company not too far from my place that sells mainly engineering stuff but also a bit of woodworking kit (Startrite, Wadkin, etc.) most of this is rather heavy duty for many folk but I like to look at their site ( http://www.homeandworkshop.co.uk/ ) from time to time.

Gill might appreciate this Meddings 24 inch fretsaw for instance only £245 and I bet it doesn't vibrate much!:-



and there are a couple of nice bandsaws:-



No affililiation etc. I am just a past customer, well satisfied with what I bought.
 

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waterhead37":2siuxggb said:
Gill might appreciate this Meddings 24 inch fretsaw for instance only £245 and I bet it doesn't vibrate much!
If only I had the space! It's very difficult to get a scrollsaw with a 24" throat without paying considerably more than £250. Having paid £225 last year for a saw which did have such a specification, I think I'm in favour of buying second hand machines, although it took a lot of expensive refurbishment to get the darned thing working and it still needs a replacement variable speed controller :( .

I don't suppose you checked if the Meddings saw has a parallel or 'C' arm? Not that it matters really - as I said, I've already got a 24" saw so I'm not in the market.

Anyway, I've bookmarked the site for future reference. Thanks, Chris :) .

Gill
 

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Gill

Meddings, Wadkins, etc have a rigid arm with a spring return mechanism at the end of the arm. They were mainly three-phase machines, even the smaller ones.

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Sort of. The blade is pulled down from below (that's the sewing machine-like acttion) and the other end oif it is secured to the lower end of a vertical coil spring. The top end of the coil spring is secured to the end of the C-arm (frame). There is generally some way to vary the blade tension, but I think they require longish blades. You can make out a length adjustment mechanism at the end of the arm

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I have use a meddings scrollsaw and found it very hard to set up.
Not just me but everyone in the workshop had trouble
 

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Cheers Chris, only up the road, might have to have a mooch
 
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