Thanks Matt. I will. I’ve had a go at fitting some sort of dust extraction this morning. It’s part Dyson, part rod-tube and part Nash PVA Funnelweb case. It doesn’t get more Heath Robinson than that. It’ll do till I buy a new machine 😊
Kind regards, Terry
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Felder makes some great bandsaws. The FB610’s we had at school were my favorite of all the many bandsaws we had. Great power, capacity, used by hundreds of students every day (some of whom were not exactly gentle with the equipment) but just kept on running. I also love the bolt-on table extenders — such a great solution for extended work support.
Thanks Edmund. I’m in a quandary about which Felder simply because I’ve got 3-phase already in the garage for my planer-thicknesser but it’s got a three-pin socket and the 610 comes fitted with a 5-pin. I’m afraid I’m no electrician and don’t know if this is an impediment worth addressing or just to get the single phase 510. Have to decide in the next few days. Any suggestions?
Many thanks, Terry
When it comes to electric, I always run to the professionals. I can see how the cost to install a new type of outlet could be off-putting, but I’d at least consult with a local professional electrician and get the scoop.
I think there are no bad choices here:
1) Not sure, but could an electrical pro swap out your 3-pin for a 5-pin? I ask because it seems inexpensive, and I have a memory of seeing 5-pin to 3-pin adapters, so then the same outlet could service both machines. Talk to a pro, a quick phone call should get you quick answers and from there it’s an easy decision.
2) Big picture, if your worst-case scenario is that you end up with an FB-510, then you are in a very good position 🙂
Over 18″ of rip capacity, 4 HP? I know a number of professional woodworkers who have built successful careers without owning a bandsaw of such capacities.
Good luck, post pictures once it’s installed!
Last post on the subject for you George Scales: I’ve promised my Kity to a friend, who is heavily into craft work. It spurred me to buy two blades, before I part company with it: a 6-10tpi variable premium 1/2” blade for £40, and a cheap £13 3tpi 3/4” rip blade from Axminster. The expensive blade chokes up quickly and cannot clear the sawdust, whilst the rip blade cuts oak boards book-matching like a hot knife through butter, without tracking. Had I not promised to give my machine away I’d be stashing it in a corner. 🤭
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