Wednesday 11 July 2018
This model is called the Economic which put me off because it suggested this was a cut down cheapo version of Record's existing range. I'm glad to say that didn't prove to be true.
This machine is no candyfloss lightweight. I tried the standard wheelkit and quickly gave up on moving it around much. This might suit woodturners who tend to permanently site a bandsaw, but cabinetmakers will definitely need the optional pedal lift wheelkit when sawing large or long sections.
There is quite a bit of assembly with the base, the table and fence, etc. The manual gives advice on setting everything. The table front face is ground to give a reference surface.
The bandsaw case is very rigid indeed and the cast iron table very solid, ground smooth and about as flat as you could reasonably expect. The case doors are microswitched for safety. Changing blades is easy by loosening off the tension. The blade was so tight I had to tilt the upper wheel to get it to go slack enough to remove. As tracking can be done manually, this isn't a big issue. Since we have now had the machine for a while and done a number of blade changes, it has become easier.
The motor and two stage pulley delivers plenty of power – pulley tension can be adjusted by a lever on the lower case. The blade supplied was a 10mm x 4tpi skip tooth which is fast cutting but gives a coarse cut – for cabinetmaking more tpi are needed.
Once a 6tpi blade was fitted, the cut improved tremendously.
The guides are commendably heavy-duty and stay put under pressure, with guide rollers above and below the table – there is plenty of adjustment on all of them.
I like this machine a lot. It is compact but heavy and rigid, and cuts well. Apart from the lack of a rapid blade detensioner, within its class and for its size it is a really good machine for anyone with slender resources in terms of space or budget.