[4]

Which Bandsaw Would Be Better?

[3]
[10] Like what you see?
Click here to donate to this forum and upgrade your account!

Susan_in_SF

Wood and Metal Goddess
H-M Supporter-Premium Member
Joined
Jul 18, 2017
Messages
102
Likes
128
#1
Hi Guys,
I have a standard Central Machinery 416 horizontal bandsaw. I try my best to buy vintage USA equipment that is not too big for my 1 car garage. I came across an older, larger USA bandsaw where parts are no longet made for. From what I read online, it looks like this 712 Bainbridge Bandsaw uses a 5/8" blade that is a little thinner than the 1/2" blade that my 416 uses. At the bottom of this post is a pic of the Bainbridge. The owner is willing to barter for it. Would you advise me to keep my current 416, or would I be better off with the more rare. But larger 712? Thanks!
00h0h_gvPr7g3iOa1_600x450.jpg
 

Bob Korves

H-M Supporter - Sustaining Member
H-M Supporter - Sustaining Member
Joined
Jul 2, 2014
Messages
5,201
Likes
5,566
#3
And look for any issues that would be difficult to repair without new factory parts...
 

markba633csi

H-M Supporter - Premium Member
H-M Supporter-Premium Member
Joined
Apr 30, 2015
Messages
2,567
Likes
1,332
#4
Looks like it's made of aluminum alloy so it's probably lighter and easier to maneuver around than the cast iron tanks most of us have.
Very collectible! Check the gearbox..
Mark S.
ps be careful of that "hold-up" bracket directly down from the gearbox, don't get your finger caught in there...
 

richl

Active User
Active Member
Joined
Mar 2, 2013
Messages
774
Likes
558
#5
If the money is right, and here were no obvious damage or broken stuff, I'd buy it. It looks like a pretty straightforward design.
My 4x6 works and does much that I need, but a better built, lighter, bigger machine can always find a home in my garage:grin:

Rich
 

dlane

Active User
H-M Supporter-Premium Member
Joined
Sep 27, 2014
Messages
2,897
Likes
1,343
#6
X2 on the pictured one , if it doesn't say China on it
 

kd4gij

Active User
Non-Donating Member
Joined
Feb 7, 2011
Messages
4,587
Likes
1,755
#7
Every thing looks well built in the pic. But the vise looks riley cheesy.
 

coffmajt

H-M Supporter - Sustaining Member
H-M Supporter - Sustaining Member
Joined
Sep 25, 2013
Messages
183
Likes
163
#8
Every thing looks well built in the pic. But the vise looks riley cheesy.
Looking at the pictures makes me think the saw is a 7 x 12. If so, most are designed for 3/4 wide blades. When you look at the saw make sure the blade teeth stick out over the wheel by at least the depth of the tooth. Thickness can be accommodated with the way you set the guide bearings. What you don't seem to have on the saw is hydraulic downfeed and coolant. Both can be overcome by a good operator. If you need to cut larger parts than your original saw can handle then you should negotiate a good price and smile. Good hunting. Jack
 

Silverbullet

Non-Supporting Member
Non-Donating Member
Joined
May 4, 2015
Messages
3,368
Likes
1,618
#9
I'd say if there's no cracks or breakage in the aluminum machine and it cuts at least fair it would come home with me. The vise jaws can be made better , a hydraulic cylinder for feeds can be built or coolant all can be added. I'd say if it's under $200. It's a fair deal. But you can offer less and see. It's not in stone.
 
[6]
[5] [7]
Top