Startrite has long been associated with high quality bandsaws that offer reliable service over many years. The trade range bandsaws draw on that tradition and offers exceptional value for money. This machine offers exceptional value for money when compared with similarly priced competition.
This machine has a large cast iron table providing substantial workpiece support. The tables are finely ground to reduce friction and provide an accurate datum. The table slot is on the side to ensure free access to the blade.
Bandwheels are cast iron which are balanced and fitted with rubber tyres that are ground with a crowned surface to aid tracking. The top wheel is mounted on a heavy tensioning mount. Adequate tensioning is critical for accurate straight cutting and the mechanism fitted to this range is probably the heaviest on the market at this level. The 502E will take up to a 30mm blade.
The toolpost is a solid steel bar mounted in a heavy casting. The post is machined with a rack to enable safe and easy rack and pinion adjustment of the upper blade guide and guard. The side guides are industrial roller guides which offer a good surface area to resist blade twist and have easy and precise cam adjustment for simple setting. The rear thrust rod is a steel bar fitted with a carbide tip - a simple and effective solution that has been used by Startrite for many years.
The table is seated on a heavy cast iron double trunnion. The trunnion is machined to ensure smooth and accurate performance and each side has a solid, metal locking handle which provides a rock solid foundation. The table itself is large, heavily ribbed and surface ground for flatness. The table insert is large enough to allow easy access to the lower guide assembly and the table slot is on the side of the table so there is an unbroken and smooth table surface on which to feed your material into the blade.
The rip fence is deep and made from a heavy extrusion. This is fixed to a cast iron mount which is in turn mounted on a steel bar that runs the full width of the table to enable easy use of the fence on either side of the blade.