First the problems encountered:1) the cast table appeared to be warped, this i assume is because of the blade opening, however when fitting the measuring bar which fits along it, there are two bolts to level things up. 2) the safety switch in the top door was obstructing the rise and fall of the blade guard, these switches always seem to be problematic. We overcame it by not fully closing the door. Everything else is brilliant, solid, strong, powerful – one of the best items i own.
A great saw, heavy cast table and good metal case. Good looking guides and rollers. Better design than my old dewalt and that was good for the last 30 years. A nice fast release system on the blade tension for quicker change over. I’m now looking forward to doing some serious cutting in the near future.
Bought one of these bandsaws 2 years ago,no from amazon. Now that i want spares draper have told me they are no longer available,think twice before you purchase as there is no spares back up now.
This saw is superb value for money but sacrifices refinement for sturdinessit has a very solid frame and heavy cast-iron table which, once set-up properly works brilliantly. It is not necessarily the quality of the components that lets this saw down but it is the rudimentary way they have been combined to create the wholethe blade adjustment and blade guard mechanism works but is very crude – i had to realign mine to stop it clashing with the upper blade wheel and the blade guides themselves are not very accessible for adjustment. However, once set, they seem to stay set. The rip fence could have done with an adjustment system to allow compensation for blade drift, but this is not the end of the worldthe blade it comes with is dreadful and i suggest you reserve it for cutting recycled timber that might be contaminated.Get it set up with a quality blade and it runs beautifullyall in all – a very good buy but the little bits of poor engineering lose it a star.
The draper 76238 350mm band saw is the best tool i have in my shed it cuts my 10ins woodturning logs with ease.
Draper 76238 350 mm 230-Volt 1,100-Watt Two-Wheel Band Saw : Good sturdy case and cast iron table,only trouble was that it came damaged and mitre gauge missing.
Very pleased with this product.
I do everything with this from fine lap joints to build kitchen doors to cutting up loads of fire wood. Had a dewalt for some years but this is far superior.