12" Wood and Metal Cutting Band Saw - Craftex CX-Series
This 12" band saw is designed to cut ferrous and non-ferrous metals and also hard and soft woods. The CX115 features a solid one piece welded steel body construction which allows the machine to hold much higher accuracy tolerances and the solid cast iron precision machined table provides a solid work surface ensuring durability.
The 3/4 HP motor powers through the 7" cutting capacity and the 12" throat capacity is plenty for most applications. The table tilts 45° to the right and the precision machined rip fence is for performing many different operations and the convenient tensioning and tracking mechanism makes blade changing quick and easy.
Like all CX-Series machines, this unit features powder coated paint, sharp looking two tone colours and a full 3 year warranty.
Solid One Piece Welded Steel Body Construction
Precision Balanced Cast Iron Wheels
Blade Tracking Window
ON/OFF Switch with Removable Key
Convenient Blade Tensioning Hand Wheel
Precision machine Rip Fence Tilting Table
Includes a Precision Machined Rip Fence
Upper and Lower Blade Guides
Powder Coated Two Tone paint
3 Year Warranty
Motor: 3/4-HP, 110-V, Single Phase
Switch: ON/OFF Switch
4 Speeds: 80, 180, 1300 & 3,000 FPM
Cast Iron Table Size: 15" x 15"
Table Tilt: 0° Left & 45° Right
Wheel Diameter: 12-3/8"
Blade Width: 1/8" to 1/2"
Blade Length: 89-3/4"
Maximum Depth of Cut: 7"
Maximum Depth of Cut at 45°: 4"
Depth of Throat: 12"
Dust Collection Port: 4"
Bearings: Sealed and Permanently Lubricated
Overall Dimension: 31" Width x 23" Length x 65" Height
Approximate Weight: 189 lbs
I bought it specifically for the wood/metal capability. I picked it up from the Mississauga branch. Arrived well packed with no shipping damage. Setup was relatively easy you will need help (mechanical hoist or couple friends) to set it on the base. Instructions are relatively good. As it came I will need to adjust the blade guides as they are too loose from the factory. The table is awkward to install by yourself but doable. Other than loosening the table bolts and shifting the table there is no way to align the fence. Blade changes, it could use a slightly bigger opening to sneak it through (but is safe). The 4 speeds, changing high to low is easy. Changing the belt pulley is a little awkward but once you accept that it is, it works well. I have cut 6" thick gnarled oak on the low speed (high range) and it struggled (but made it through) but that is near the max height that will fit. This was with a new blade. I have cut 1/4" alum. high speed (low range) no problem. The exhaust port works well. I wish that I could rationalize the bigger one but this is working within its limitations. I have a number of Craftex items and find them good value for what you pay.