Energer ENB542BDS 230mm 350W Bandsaw 230V
Brought when my old one broke was not to sure how it would work as it was a cheaper model but as a DIY tool it is very good .
15 Oct 2014
Not particularly impressed
Some of the stats are incorrect: Ripping Capacity is only 190mm, Max cut depth is actually 85mm.
Not particularly impressed but you get what you pay for, we went cheap as itâs our first band saw and only for occasional DIY use.
Difficult to get blade to run true, not helped by the fact the lower guides are +100mm below the table, upper blade guide needs to be within 10mm of the top of the work peace to achieve +/- 1 mm accuracy. Not helped by amount of vibration on the table. (The run out might improve with more tension in the blade but I didnât know what was too tight and may cause the blade to break.)
The height adjuster for the upper blade guide is not parallel to the blade or the frame, so the bearing and aliment pins would need significant re-adjusted every time the upper guide is moved for a different size peace of work. Also because of this non parallel aliment part of the guard had to be modified to allow the support bearing to turn freely when the guide is in a low position. (35mm cut height)
Rip fence is quite high at 80mm and gets in the way of the upper blade guide if trying to cut a width less than 16mm, a shorter height guide could be used parallel to the provided guide to achieve smaller cuts.
20 Feb 2014