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Micro-Mark Mini Bandsaw

Unlike their craptastic Mini Miter/Cut-off saw, the Micro-Mark Variable Speed Mini Bandsaw seems like a solid improvement over the corresponding Harbor Freight offering:

Micro-Mark Bandsaw - mostly ready

Micro-Mark Bandsaw – mostly ready

That’s the tank for the water-cooling option atop the housing, with the collection tray underneath. It’s screwed to a big wood plank; I’ll probably bench-mount the thing, but that’s stable enough for now.

The right-rear mounting screw hides below the dust collection vacuum port:

Micro-Mark Bandsaw - vacuum fitting

Micro-Mark Bandsaw – vacuum fitting

You must remove the metal fitting that’s screwed to the frame in the obvious manner:

Micro-Mark Bandsaw - right rear screw - installed

Micro-Mark Bandsaw – right rear screw – installed

The slowest speed runs a bit faster than I’d like, but I admit to being a sissy.

The 14 tpi blade cuts wood just fine:

Micro-Mark Bandsaw - first cut

Micro-Mark Bandsaw – first cut

The 24 tpi blades should chop up the smaller chunks I generally work with around here.

Bonus: the blade guide just barely clears my huge block of machinable wax.

 

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  1. #1 by rkward on 2016-06-29 - 08:06

    What are the hose barbs for on the underside of the bandsaw table? I came up with several possibilities but then I figured I would just ask for everyone’s benefit.

    • #2 by Ed on 2016-06-29 - 09:33

      Those fit into drain holes tapped into the table gutter. I haven’t mounted the short plastic tubes that (are supposed to) guide coolant into the pan under the saw, nor the longer one draining the pain into a bottle I have yet to provide.

      The coolant (water, methinks, perhaps with a dash of TriCool) exits the bottle through a hose into the upper blade guide. With some luck, most of the juice will slobber all over the table, with the remainder slung off by the tracking adjustment before it goes ’round the lower pulley.

      I’m not looking forward to the cleanup, but I have a glass cutting project in mind that won’t work well with the usual straight-cut tile saw.

      • #3 by rkward on 2016-06-29 - 11:09

        I guess that was the one thing I had not thought of; using a normal bandsaw as a wet version. And yeah, probably messy. Consider adding some rubber wipers on the underside to keep coolant from making the full trip through the system.

        • #4 by Ed on 2016-06-29 - 11:27

          There’s a tiny foam block on the uphill side of the lower pulley that I expect will be long gone by the time I need it. A 3D printed widget with rubber lips, mounted on the same screw, seems appropriate.

          Thanks for the idea!

  2. #5 by madbodger on 2016-06-29 - 08:30

    I picked up a decent Delta tabletop bandsaw at a garage sale for $40, with no blade. It’s a bit of an orphan, documentation for it is scarce, so I had to guess at the blade length. Of course, it turns out that the blade length is none of the common ones, so my first couple of guesses were wrong. After I finally obtained the right blade, it works really well. One thing I use it for frequently is cutting printed circuit boards, which are annoying to cut with most methods (a chipbreaker router bit in a mill works, but that’s slow and a lot of setup).

    • #6 by Ed on 2016-06-29 - 09:36

      cutting printed circuit boards

      With plenty of vacuum to catch all those little bitty glass fibers!

      I’m fiddling up a better vacuum setup for this thing than the quarter-assed lashup on my old Delta bandsaw; that thing chewed through PCBs wonderfully well.

  3. #7 by Red County Pete on 2016-06-29 - 10:26

    Enco used to sell an earlier version of that saw. I bought one (used) in the ’90s for a telescope project that needed to shape some really thick glass blanks. As it turns out, 2″ thick (roughly) glass blanks are rough on a bandsaw blade, and replacements were 1) hard to get in the right length (might have used 1 meter blades), and 2) really expensive in diamond. A diamond replacement cost more than I had in the saw.

    Later, I got Julie’s father’s 14″ saw, and after making a spacer block so it would use 93-1/2″ standard blades, it’s my woodworking bandsaw. I’d done mildly creative stuff on the 4 x 7″ metal cutting saw, so the Enco was redundant. I want to do speed reduction on the 14″ one, in my allegedly free time.

    • #8 by Ed on 2016-06-29 - 11:31

      Two inches of glass? You the Man!

      The (spendy) diamond blade should only see quarter- to half-inch glass & slate slabs and I’m going to treat it with exaggerated respect.

      • #9 by Red County Pete on 2016-06-29 - 23:55

        Not that much; life got in the way. I really want to get an 8″ Newtonian done, so I can enjoy the dark skies. The thick chunk is an octagon now. It might turn into a Maksutov corrector one of these days.

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