Hi all, I am thinking of buying a startrite 581 bandsaw and would like to ask has anyone got one or has anyone got any information on the same. I would also like to hear any suggestions on any other makes of heavy duty ones. Thanks Claud1
Same here, excellent machine and even better with a Tuffsaws M42 3tpi blade :mrgreen: - RoberibaMotters":5cjwxfgg said:Claud,
after looking at the Startrite website it is obvious you are looking at a serious piece of kit. I bought a "cheap" Startrite, the 352E last year. I found it difficult to believe it is an imported machine. The quality and performance are first class. 2hp motor, good true fence, nice cast iron table and good blade guides, First job I did was cutting some curved brackets out of birch plywood I had laminated up to 6" thickness. It coped very well. I am sure the larger machines would be very impressive.
Have you considered the Felder/Hammer range. They are based in Milton Keynes i believe.
I bought one from Yandles in Somerset (which is even further from Aberdeen!) last year at their show, so I got it with a bit of discount and free delivery. The 352E is the educational version, so it's key switched, interlocks on the doors and a big red 'kick-off' knob on the floor. Yes, it is made in t'Orient but I've used older English made Startrites and you'd be hard pressed to tell the difference...maybe the finish isn't quite up to European standards. That said, it goes together easily, good depth of cut (around 250mmish) there's a good solid table with decent fence and trunions and the dust extraction isn't too bad either. The main point that was demonstrated to me was that the tensioning spring is massive, far larger than the equivalent Record machines that were on the same stand. One awkward thing is that the blade is inserted sideways and then turned through 90deg...sounds weird, but it's OK when you get used to it. Blade guides are hardened discs and are easy to set up. I use a Tuffsaws 20mm, 3tpi M42 blade which the machine will tension when wound up to maximum and the finish it leaves behind is almost planed...certainly veneers will go straight down onto the substrate without further work. If you do a Google search of the mags, Alan Holtham did a very favourable review in Pop Woodworking (iIrc) - RobClaud1":n8xpns3u said:Hi Rob, thanks for the reply, have you actually seen one or just on the web site like myself, I would like to see one before I make the final decision but my problem is I live north of Aberdeen and there are no dealers up here. Do you think Startrite is a good choice or would you are anyone else who reads this recommend any other make, in my opinion a lot of machinery looks good these days but then when you come to use it you find it is substandard. I have been in contact with Startrite and they will have one in stock in a couple of weeks but it is a long way to go. I also rang Agazzani dealers but they have not bothered to even get back to me. regards Claud1