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  1. #1
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    Default Pulled the trigger on a Sherwood 10" heavy duty bandsaw ($1.4k)

    I know, I know... for the money I could easily find a great 14" one, or even bigger.

    And I'd love to do that but I just can't, most of the time to use my bandsaw I have to roll it out and then back into the shed, over a ramp and through a small door, and then squeeze it back into its place which is a corner under some shelves. Long story why, but this is what I do, and it means the bandsaw needs to be within a specific size and weight. This is the biggest I could afford.

    I'm currently waiting for delivery probably mid Feb, and I need someone to tell me I didn't do anything stupid
    https://www.timbecon.com.au/sherwood...y-duty-bandsaw


    What was the attraction for me? Well, I love bandsaws, I just wanted the best I could get.
    If there is a cut that can possibly be done on the BS then this is where I go, it's probably my most used tool.

    My current one is a stock standard 10" Sherwood, and I love it but I'm kind of hitting its limits now.
    Although I don't really cut very thick pieces I can still stall it with some hardwoods, and that's the main thing, it's not very powerful.
    The other thing is that tuning it is a bit of a pain, I really have to take my time to diagnose and tune it properly because most settings are done with fiddly set screws that are hard to reach, usually it takes me a good hour or more. I'm hoping this one will be more user friendly in that regard, and it's certainly much more powerful.

    Also because or the power and the longer blade it offers a much bigger cutting height, it has a somewhat bigger throat, cast iron wheels and ceramic guide blocks instead of bearings, a better fence, better controls, a quick release for tensioning which is really handy when replacing blades, in theory it should have better dust extraction because of a hose that runs internally to the blade, it can fit a 20mm blade, and it also does a nice party trick that i find very interesting: it comes with a system that converts it to a basic linisher, you can actually replace the blade with a sanding strip. I don't have a linisher so yeah, why not.

    The only thing that concerns me a little bit is that the wheels are actually flat, they don't have a crown so I'm worried if that will make it difficult to get the blade to run straight. But that's all the downside I can think of, and they do say it helps get a smoother cut so I don't know.

    What do you think? I know it's expensive for what it is, and I know you can't replace size, but it does seem to offer a lot.

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    Ι guess the reason I posted here is because I swear I've searched the whole internet and I havent found a single video or review or even a mention of this thing anywhere.
    Now I post it here, same thing. It's like nobody has ever used it.
    Maybe it doesnt even exist! Am I dreaming it??
    I'll call it the phantom bandsaw from now on

    It's probably sold in other countries under a different brand name, does anyone know what that might be for Sherwood?

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    Im looking for a smaller bandsaw myself and this seems like its an expensive 10 bandsaw. Im not sure whether any benefits it offers justifies the expense.
    Looking forward to a review particularly the longevity of the 20mm band (probably 3/4) on 10 wheels.

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    Nice handsaw!! Enjoy!

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    Maybe you should cancel your order and reorder as they're on special now even before they arrive.
    I agree with Lappa on the 20mm blade. A normal wide blade is made from quite thick material and will crack quite quickly if forced to go around a small dia. 10" Bandsaws usually have narrow blades made form thin and soft steel so they can bend more but maybe Timbecon have sourced some special blades to suit.
    Having said all that, I am envious of you as it looks like a nice machine. If it is your main machine why not pay more as most people seem to spend big dollars on their Tablesaw which is often considered the main machine by many.
    Dallas

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    Quote Originally Posted by Treecycle View Post
    Maybe you should cancel your order and reorder as they're on special now even before they arrive.
    I agree with Lappa on the 20mm blade. A normal wide blade is made from quite thick material and will crack quite quickly if forced to go around a small dia. 10" Bandsaws usually have narrow blades made form thin and soft steel so they can bend more but maybe Timbecon have sourced some special blades to suit.
    Having said all that, I am envious of you as it looks like a nice machine. If it is your main machine why not pay more as most people seem to spend big dollars on their Tablesaw which is often considered the main machine by many.
    Thank you

    I did get it with the discount, but with the sanding belt attachment it got up to $1.4k.
    Normally I get my blades from McDiven and they've been fantastic, so I'll probably won't be using the stock one from Timbecon anyway. I'll try it first, see how I go.
    But the 20mm is a bit of a specialty blade for my uses, even if I end up getting one it will only be used rarely.

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    Quote Originally Posted by stihlsawer View Post
    Nice handsaw!! Enjoy!
    oh no

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    If you want a wide blade that is thin, ask your local sawdoctor for a "fish slicing" blade.
    These are used by food processors to slice up frozen fish and they have a very thin kerf - guess the food industry regards food sawdust as lost profit.
    New Zealand

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    Going by the info I have come across, the blade material should be no thicker than 0.5mm (0.020) for a 10 wheel.

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