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« on: August 28, 2019, 10:33:30 PM »

I need a really good 4 inch table saw for cutting plywood and ripping spruce and bass for spars.  I have a Harbor Freight one that is weak, and frankly dangerous.

I'm aware of the Micro Mark and Dremel saws, but someone on the old Free Flight Mailing List wrote about another saw which seemed superlative.  Several of the other list members who had them agreed.  It was a little pricey, but was a full featured tool that you could hand down to your grandchildren.

Anyone out there have any suggestions.  A US source would be preferred.
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« Reply #1 on: August 28, 2019, 11:11:54 PM »

You  may be thinking of:  http://www.byrnesmodelmachines.com

I have a Dremel.  Works OK but nowhere near the above in construction.

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« Reply #2 on: August 29, 2019, 04:52:17 AM »

I am a “toolie”.  I admit it. I also have been selling professional construction and industrial tools for 40 years, so I think I kinda know tools. I bought one of these about a year ago after I got coerced into building a doll house for my great niece. This is a top notch well engineered tool for modeling!  I really enjoy it and appreciate the work that went into it. While it seem pricey, it is well worth the purchase price.  It is plenty powerful for our purpose and extremely accurate. 
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« Reply #3 on: August 29, 2019, 11:19:59 AM »

Proxxon.. Period.
Those Linked tools above ..are.. impressive in their finely machined ali work tables.  Little else I suspect.
 Immediately evident from a wee pix alone, the Disc sander for example.. is poor.
 Disc sanders for MODEL  work require a Drill press type Speed reduction configuration .
Direct drive Motors lose critical torques, can be bogged down, stalled even, when electrically Speed reduced.
Reduced disc speeds, appropriate to material being sanded...is Important in my Model work.
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« Reply #4 on: August 29, 2019, 12:38:27 PM »

I will add my experience. The Proxxon table saw is tops; good fences, variable speed, a good selection of blades for different materials, angled cutting and sawdust extraction. I now cut all my 1/8 and above strip on it with consistent results and good finish. It will even cut smaller prop blocks.   
I also have a Proxxon drill, grind stone, detail sander and soldering iron that are are all of the same high quality. these tools have received some years of use. I would recommend buying a three jaw chuck for the drill. They are good value.
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« Reply #5 on: August 29, 2019, 04:22:51 PM »

A little confused.  Are the Byrnes and Proxxon tools one and the same?
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« Reply #6 on: August 29, 2019, 04:41:40 PM »

Not to my knowledge. Proxxon is a German manufactured product

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« Reply #7 on: August 29, 2019, 06:39:53 PM »

A little confused.  Are the Byrnes and Proxxon tools one and the same?

No definitely not....but both are quality products....I have the Proxxon unit-the 240V one of course being in NZ-but it has done sterling service over the last 15 years or so.  Has cost me quite a few saw blades over that time...hint: if you're going to cut out alloy or fibreglass sheet bellcranks...be prepared to chew through a few sawblades doing so!

115V versions of the range are sold in the US naturally-by places like Micro Mark.

l I wish I could afford/justify the Byrnes one....

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« Reply #8 on: August 29, 2019, 07:46:18 PM »

I had an old 8” Craftsman table saw. With a HSS planer blade it did a great job stripping balsa and spruce. Then I got a 10” Delta contractor saw because I wanted to cut sheets of plywood. Cutting 1/8” squares on the Delta is pretty exciting! For cutting balsa, I modified the little HF saw and the best change was to use a very thin kerf Jarmac blade.

If I were to do it over, I’d get another 8” Craftsman.

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« Reply #9 on: September 02, 2019, 10:47:13 PM »

The Proxxon unit I located n fleabay only cuts to 5/16 inch.  Do I have the correct model?  I need to cut at least 3/4 - 1 inch.
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« Reply #10 on: September 03, 2019, 05:01:43 AM »

My one cuts to a much larger depth. I am away at the moment so I cannot confirm the model no but it has the extension to the table and can angle the blade. It is the more expensive model.
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« Reply #11 on: September 03, 2019, 06:49:59 AM »

The Proxxon unit I located n fleabay only cuts to 5/16 inch.  Do I have the correct model?  I need to cut at least 3/4 - 1 inch.

I had been looking at the current Proxxon Fet specs and it stated maximum cut as 22mm but it did mention blades from 50-85mm could fit it, could it be you have a smaller blade in the table hence the smaller cut?

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« Reply #12 on: September 03, 2019, 09:17:24 PM »

Looks like 22mm (~7/8”)is with the large blade according to the website.
https://www.proxxon.com/us/micromot/37070.php
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