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Thornlv

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Hi Guys and Gals.

I am in the market for a new bandsaw. I have limited space so will have to be a bench mount one and at least 10 inch throat (and not more).

I mainly make guitars, so a bandsaw is indispensable. The maximum thickness I envisage cutting is 95mm but mostly 70 for neck blanks and 50ish for bodies. Hardwoods.

I am torn between the Record Power BS250 and the Lumberjack BS254. Both fill my needs regarding material thickness to cut and both in my budget.

The Lumberjack has a more powerful motor than the Record Power (375 watt V 250 watt) and the Lumberjack has 2 speeds (400/800ms V 740ms). The Record power though is £40 cheaper.

I have seen some videos on both bandsaws, cutting thick hardwood and both seem to cope albeit the Record power struggled a bit more. I would of course upgrade the blades to Tuffsaws

Record power seems to have a better reputation than Lumberjack, but the reviews I have seen on lumberjack do seem favourable - it looks like capable on doing what I need.

ummm, what to do. advice and comments please.
 

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Lumberjack has always struck me as generic Chinese, what's the guarantee period and after sales backup like? From personal experience, I've found Record's service backup excellent and 3 year guarantee as well.
 

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The 2 speeds are irrelevant. the other one is for cutting metal.
I never heard of a lumberjack bandsaw :shock:
 

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I have a lumberjack router table as a second string unit, and a Record Power 350 bandsaw, as much as I like the Lumberjack product it is not a patch on the build quality of the Record Power bandsaw, I can't really comment on the Lumberjack bandsaw itself, but as above they do tend to be a bit on the budget side.
 

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I also should add, the max depth of cut is 150mm on the lumberjack, 120mm on the RP.

The 2 speed function caught my eye for the possibility of metal cutting, I am still mulling over that function.

Thanks for the replies thus far.
 

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I have the Record Power BS250 and it's a pretty solid machine. Dust extraction is not great but I don't think I have owned a bandsaw where the dust extraction was great.

LumberJack seems to me generic tools rebranded like Clarke. LumberJack customer service is 10/10 though. Very nice company to deal with.
 

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I have a record power bandsaw and a few other bits of kit and have always received fantastic customer service whenever I had a query or an issue.

Some design decisions they make are abit questionable but on the whole they are solid machines. I have seen a lumberjack bandsaw in the flesh so to speak and it seemed fine and had a built in light. If I had to pick one I'd go for the record just for the service and guarantee.

Oh and get a tuffsaws blade.
 
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