Scheppach Basato 4 archive
Thursday 25 September 2008
John Bullar reports on this bandsaw from ScheppachError loading Partial View script (file: ~/Views/MacroPartials/cwsGalleryImages.cshtml)
Aimed squarely at the mid-range market, the 380mm (15in) Basato 4 bandsaw from Scheppach has been a long time coming. And what a lop-sided beast it looks! While other Scheppach bandsaws share the tilted framework, the Basato 4's slanted doors above its straight storage cabinet look particularly bizarre. However, I suspect there is sound engineering behind this quirky style - trapezoids are more rigid than rectangles and the swollen beam which forms the spine of the machine is more rigid than an equivalent rectangular box section would be.
Tilting tableFor assembly, the deep ribbed cast iron table has four bolts to secure it, then needs adjusting horizontally and vertically to align it with the blade. The instructions are typical of a translated document - not particularly clear.
Like most bandsaws, the Basato's table can be tilted forwards to an angle of 45 degrees, while the extra clearance also allows the table to tilt backwards to an angle of 17 degrees. The locking handle secures it adequately. This quick, repeatable two-way angle adjustment could be useful for cutting dovetail pins.
A centre stop, which can pivot out of the way, provides fine adjustment to an accurate 90 degrees.
Two speed driveThe single-phase capacitor-start induction motor on this machine delivers a respectable two-horsepower. You can see why it needs to be beefy too when you look at the widest 30mm (1 1/8in) blades it takes. Having said that, this is not a resaw machine - it is a general-purpose bandsaw for the small workshop and it will perform best with standard 12mm (1/2in) 3tpi skip tooth blades.
There are two blade speeds available - 800 or 1,200 metres per minute. To change speed you need to loosen the motor then fish around behind the lower blade wheel to swap the belt between two pairs of pulleys. Certainly this is more awkward than on some machines, but many users will rarely need to change blade speed anyway.
The motor is started and stopped by a no-volt release switch with an emergency stop cover mounted on the support pillar. Educational establishments can order modified switch arrangements.
FencesThe table is milled with two grooves, one each side of the blade to accept a small but robust crosscut fence. This is adjustable up to 60 degrees to make mitre cuts in either direction. An extruded aluminium alloy rail runs along the front underside of the table where it is attached by four wing-bolts, plus a hinge at the right-hand end. This large number of fixings transfers the rigidity of the table to this relatively lightweight component. A rip fence, made from steel and aluminium, runs on the rails and is positioned against millimetre calibrated scales, both inboard and outboard of the blade. The rip fence can be stood upright to support deep cutting or laid on its side to allow the blade guides to be lowered when working thin material.
I found the adjustment precise and the support from the fence good, allowing me to saw veneer thickness slices from 125mm (5in) wide oak with consistency and ease.