Out of interest, how can they sell it if it doesn't meet CE certification?tombo":23ur3hxq said:My understanding is that none of the xcalibur saws are CE approved, and that the 804 was least likely for getting the certification.
My understanding is that if it isn't CE certified they can't sell it, legally. All goods being imported into the EU are required to meet European safety standards, wiring, guards, etc. whether or not they are for professional or personal use. This is as much for safety as it is to create a "level playing field" for European manufacturers. Woodford can bring items up to the relevant standard in-house and self-certify as CE-compliant providing the machine isn't one of those required to hold a test house certificate (it isn't), but they must then mark the goods with a CE mark and/or issue a certificate of compliance to the end user and also retain documentation to show that they have taken the appropriate steps to comply. If you've ever bought from Machine Mart you'll know that you get the CE certificate with anything powered - air or electric.Newbie_Neil":3weg9w9y said:
Responsibility lies with the importer if the item is manufactured outside of the EU. This is to ensure that there is legally responsible individualBarry Burgess":3weg9w9y said:Some of the USA companies will not send their products directly to the UK if they are not CE compliant. I was told that the responsibility was with the manufacture
This has nothing to do with CE compliance. It is the Provision and Use of Work Equipment Regulations (1998) at play. There is a requirement for bandsaws (in fact almost all WW machines) to stop within 10 seconds and the smaller Startrites can certainly do this using the foot brake. Educational equipment additionally has to have electromechanical interlocks on all covers (again standard on Startrites supplied to educational establishments for many years). I suspect that whoever was tasked with making the safety assessment (erroneously) decided that a DC-injection brake was required by law (it isn't) and that the machines couldn't be retro-fitted (again erroneously as they have induction motors) - potentially a gross waste of public funds IMHOBarry Burgess":3weg9w9y said:This CE compliance is also causing a number of bandsaws namely Startrite, from being thrown out at colleges from the beginning of the year hence why so many are appearing on E bay. There is some rule on how fast they have to stop which Startrite fail