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Mzee02/08/2010 07:04:41
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I'm not sure if this is the right place to ask this question.  Can somebody suggest  what 200mm bench/table saw to get for cutting planking strips and where such a creature can be obtaned?   I am in England for a coule weeks visit so this item needsto be a) not unduly expensive, and b) of such size and weight that I can get it home without having to hire an airborne tailer for a 5000 mile flight! I have discovered an animal called 'Challenge' sold by Argos but some buyers comments suggest  that they are not so great for serious work.  Anyone had experience with them?
Bob Abell02/08/2010 08:21:33
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Hello Robbo
I would suggest, a bandsaw would be a more useful machine........that`s all I use.
I`ve cut 8`-0" planks of 1/8" x 3/8" quite easily
Formers only take a few minutes to cut out
My saw is a Record based on the old Burgess design, but haven`t seen this make, lately
Don`t forget to take a dozen spare blades
BTW.......I recall the Coelocanth the 50`s and found in South Africa?
All the best............Robbo
ashley needham02/08/2010 21:06:46
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Yup, a bandsaw is what you want, unless its for non-model use.
I have two, a cheap 12" throat 2-wheel job from "machine mart", and a much larger 1Hp job by de-walt, for cutting tree trunks up to make dug-outs.
The small ones I find dead useful for, er, small stuff  and nadgery bits (delicate work), It also takes strip sanding paper for ....sanding !!!
If I only had one, it might be something inbetween, able to take thinner blades for delicate work and thicker ones for hewing scaffolding boards into battleship decking (model).
BUT if you want air-portable, i think you may be LUMBERED (pun) with a smaller/medium sized model .
Without doubt the most useful woodworking accessory next to the cup-of-tea maker.
I might shy away from an Argos machine....Machine -mart market their own (cheap/resonably priced) models under the "Clarke" name, and I have not had a problem with them. Admittedly not the best, but good value for money, and easy spares backup. Look up their website for more info.
Mzee03/08/2010 08:15:20
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Many thanks Bob and Ashley.
I have a bandsaw - a 6mm blade job - but I find that unless I wind up the blade tension real high it does not give me a decent straight cut.  Doing this too often results in going through more blades than wood!
I also have a 10" circular saw  for heavy stuff and a very decrepit old 6" circular saw (one of those old attachment thingies you used to get which attaches to your drill).  Using these I can get my wood down to an approximate 8mm x 2 or 3mm and then by passing the strips through my Dremel set-up (sanding drum on the router table!) I end up with a monstrous pile of dust and smooth, uniform sized planks.  However, in doing all this, I end up with more wastage than planking strips.
Faced with cutting up my very last, and irreplaceable, piece of Indian teak I ned to make the very best of it and minimise wastage.  Hence the thought of a thin-blade 4" table saw.
Will keep looking and am about to see what Machine-mart have to offer.
Bob, I was actively researching the old coelacanth before I retired and still kepin touch with developments and research into this enigmatic oily fish.  Guess you could say I'm hooked!!
Many thanks again.
Loneranger05/08/2010 17:06:50
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Hi Robbo, I have a 12volt circular saw [Minicraft - Black & Decker] which I use to cut my decking. This will cut from 3/8" down to1/16" or even 1mm. It runs from a car ciggy lighter or the battery. Its light and about 7" cube so easy to transport. Hope this is helpful. Happy modelling.
Mzee05/08/2010 18:45:22
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Hey John,  That sounds like what I need - are they still available and from where?
ashley needham05/08/2010 22:33:13
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The only thing I can see on a quick surf is a Proxxon "Miniature Bench Circular Saw KS 230 E"    seems small enough but only has a very small blade,but this wont matter if its small planking you are after cutting.
i agree about the blade wander on small machines, and thats why you need a larger band saw!
I also thought about a small bench saw for similar tasks, but the large bandsaw can take thinner, wider blades and do the same thing. (does that make sense??
Peter Fitness06/08/2010 00:16:03
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I have a Proxxon KS230, and very good it is, too. As Ashley said, it only has a shallow depth of cut, about 10 or 12mm, but ideal for cutting planks.
Mzee06/08/2010 07:38:13
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I saw the Proxxon (Hmmm! Punny this morning!!) and it looks like it is the only one of its kind this side of the great pond.  That small blade diameter might be a problem, though for cuting up thin planking only it would be OK.  Also neither too bulky nor too heavy to stash away in a suitcase.  I'm currently miles away from anywhere but when I get back to Reading I'll investigate further.  Many thanks to all you helpful folk.
Pierre06/08/2010 09:27:27
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I have the Proxxon and its a small marvel - I use it all the time and its fantastic for wood up to about 7mm thick.  Ideal for planking down to about 1mm.
 Also available (with various blades) in South Africa at
 Best of all, very reasonably priced.

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