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I am a violin maker from Germany, and thinking about buying a new bandsaw.

At the moment I have a very small "hobby bandsaw"...:huh: Does anyone of you know the Pegas bandsaw and can tell me if it works for violin maker's purposes?

Thanks!

 

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I know that there is a scroll blade option. But that won't help you with F holes, as you can't thread a blade through. 

I'd honestly save some extra money and get a JET "14 or Laguna. 

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I looked the Pegas saw up and found that it's engineered specifically to use the maker's own bandsaw blades that are tiny in cross section like jewelers saw blades, but apparently ONLY those blades. It seems the saw can't accommodate normal 1/4", 3/8" or 1/2" blades, so it's extremely specialized in its applications and would not be very useful as a sole bandsaw for a luthier.

Carter Products in USA makes a retrofit bandsaw guide add-on, called the "Stabilizer," that operates on the same principle as the upper guide on the Pegas saw. The guide bearings on the Pegas saw are tightly matched to specific blades, but I find myself wondering if you couldn't use Pegas bearings with the Carter Stabilizer, and therefore use Pegas saw blades with the bandsaw you have now. But then there's the issue of the extremely limited blade length selection that Pegas offers.

Anyway, don't buy a Pegas saw to be your luthier specific bandsaw.

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I use my Jet 14 inch saw for many other projects besides luthier work, it works well and I have no complaints. The Pegas would be too specialised and you may end up being frustrated with it in the long run.

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If you're looking for a nice, compact bandsaw, I'd recommend looking out for a good, used Inca 260. They only have 10 inch wheels, but with an exceptional depth of cut for a small bandsaw, which will enable you to saw viola back/front wedges open with no problems. Very well-engineered little saws.

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4 hours ago, JohnCockburn said:

If you're looking for a nice, compact bandsaw, I'd recommend looking out for a good, used Inca 260. They only have 10 inch wheels, but with an exceptional depth of cut for a small bandsaw, which will enable you to saw viola back/front wedges open with no problems. Very well-engineered little saws.

I used that saw for a while when I did furniture repair. Excellent saw. 

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When I first set up on my own at the end of the ‘80’s, The chamber of commerce had a special programme, where as a start up, one could have an interest free credit (a big deal then) to buy equipment. I had spent years working in places that had a crap band saw, so I bought myself a really good and expensive one:

https://www.ehro.ch/index.php?id=20&L=2%27

It is still brilliant and in practically mint condition, although I use it virtually every day. I always buy the blades from the manufacturer, and don’t find that any disadvantage.

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That looks like a beautiful saw, Jacob. I can't see it here in person, but my impression is that it's made with uncompromising engineering quality and likely runs with smooth, quiet precision. It's interesting that it takes blades as small as 1mm, so it will do most anything the Pegas saw will, and additionally takes blades up to 5mm for more typical curve cutting. It apparently doesn't take larger blades, and has a height limit of 175mm, so it might not do all the re-sawing one might need to do. But I guess you could make friends at the nearby cabinet shop and borrow theirs for the occasions when you need that. It's just a perfect saw for a small space workshop.

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12 hours ago, jacobsaunders said:

When I first set up on my own at the end of the ‘80’s, The chamber of commerce had a special programme, where as a start up, one could have an interest free credit (a big deal then) to buy equipment. I had spent years working in places that had a crap band saw, so I bought myself a really good and expensive one:

https://www.ehro.ch/index.php?id=20&L=2%27

It is still brilliant and in practically mint condition, although I use it virtually every day. I always buy the blades from the manufacturer, and don’t find that any disadvantage.

Do you know how much they go for?

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I am really glad I bought it every day. I always wanted a perfect band saw, and will always have one for the rest of my life. I paid it off about 25 years ago, so it doesn’t cost me anything.

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If you are based in Germany, check the hammer bandsaws. They are really good value, the smallest n3800 is already good enough, but if you plan to re-save larger billets i recommend to go for a larger saw.

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Jacob, pretty expensive ,probably a Swiss price premium, as all  decent  Swiss made machinery costs a fortune.  Only 170mm max. cutting  height . Why do they only sell 3mm wide blades and the teeth look funny:)

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