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RogerS

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I've got the opportunity to buy a couple of these second hand (and probably for a reasonable price).

Does anyone have any views/experience of either? I can't find much on the Cooksley. The Minimax looks quite a handful :lol:

Cheers

Roger
 

Scott

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Hi Roger

Not sure what type of bandsaw you have the chance of but I have an old Minimax Professional 32. It's not very big (32cm bandwheels) but it's all I need. It's basic but solid and well made.

My main gripe is that it doesn't have a mitre slot ... and the obvious one that it's obsolete so Minimax don't have spares for it. I needed a new tensioning spring but have now modified the machine to use valve springs from a truck engine. I did try emailing SCM UK but they obviously couldn't be bothered answering so I phoned and got some disinterested bloke who told me they had no spares.

The machine was my uncle's until a few years ago. He fitted a brush in the lower cabinet because there wasn't one to brush the dust off the tyre. I have fitted a stop screw for returning the table to 90 deg.

As I say, it's nothing fancy but solid and does what it says on the tin really
 

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Hi Scott

Thanks for the info. Useful info about the mitre...probably would have overlooked that. This one seems to be a reasonable size...19" throat and 9" max height and the guy is after £200 and so I may well just go for it.

Roger
 
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