The effectiveness of this machine is governed by the throat depth, i. e. distance from saw to body framework, and a 20 in (508 mm) band-saw will cut a width of 19 1/2 in (495 mm) and a depth or thickness of 13 in (330 mm). The smaller machines (12 in [304 mm] throat, etc.) have small-diameter wheels imposing greater strain on the band-saws, therefore here again it should be as large as possible. All machines have (or should have) a tilting table and ripping fence,
104 Startrite light duty 12 in (304 mm) throat bandsaw and the larger models semi-automatic tensioning to the saw-blade, including a warning signal for slack saws, foot-brake, cleaning brushes to
the saw-pulleys, and positive adjustment to the ripping fence.
For most hardwood cutting it is advisable to purchase skip teeth blades. These keep their edge so much longer and can be reground within the workshop on a fine grinding wheel.
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