Are you on the lookout for a new band saw, that will be sure to do the job? Considering the Shop Fox W1770? A good band saw will help you get uniform cutting action, whether you are working wood or metal. Bandsaws are a fixture in many workshops, where accurate cuts are necessary for plastic, wood, and metal. 

ShopFox W1770

Especially for industrial processes. The bandsaw that you choose, depends on where you want to use it. There are versions that are more suitable for home use, such as portable versions. Then there are those that are more suited for commercial use. 

You can get more out of your bandsaw when you have a specific use for it. This way you also know what blades you will need to get and fit on it. The W1770 5HP 21 inch saw, is a powerful bandsaw that will be able to handle a variety of work easily. 

The 5 horsepower motor packs enough punch to b able to cut through some of the toughest wood. It is important to look at the saws capacity and make sure that the work you intend to do can be handled by this particular saw. With the W1770, you can cut through wood that goes up to 14 inches tall.  

It is important for you to know what size blades the saw can power. Thanks to the rigid construction of the saw, the saw can tension some of the widest blades on the market today. In this article, we take a look at the W1770 5hp 21inch band saw and what it can do for you.

Aesthetics

The Shop fox w1770 5hp 21 inch saw, is a vertical saw. It is mainly white and red and is quite compact. its vertical nature means that you can fit it in almost any room. Space will not be a problem with the w1770 5 HP 21inch saw. The blades are sharp and they make for great cutting whether you are cutting wood, plastic, or metal. 

If looks alone mattered, this would not be such a bad idea. It looks like a cabinet, with everything neatly packed away. The table itself is made of cast iron and it is precision ground.

It measures 29-1/2nches x 20-3/4 inches x 1-7/8 inches thick. It has a good height off the ground, of 35-1/2inches. The entire saw sits on computer-balanced cast-iron with polyurethane tires.

Performance Review

The way that a saw performs, is extremely necessary for influencing your decision. This bandsaw can perform different cuts such as miters and angles, compound angles, rip and crosscuts, curves, and also circles. It can also make stacked cuts for duplicate parts. 

 The w1770 from shop fox has a 5HP motor and this is able to power up to 1-3/8 inch wide. It is designed in a way that can tension some of the widest blades and is extremely sharp. It gives you the sharp clean cuts that you need. 

This saw has a micro-adjusting rack and pinion 45 degrees right and 5 degrees left table tilt. It also has ball-bearing guide blades, tension indicators as well as a precision ground cast iron table. It also has a foot brake and a deluxe fence with a 2 position resaw fence attachment. Its cutting capacity is 20inches and its maximum cutting height is 14 inches. The blade itself is 165 inches long, has a range of 1/4 inch – 1-3/8inches, and has a blade speed of 4600 FPM.

It has a 5 horsepower motor, 230V, single-phase, TEFC capacitor start induction, 1725 RPM, 22A. The bearings are sealed and well lubricated, permanently. The saw is also fitted with a blade tension indicator.

This is an important feature that is used to measure the tension of the saw and in turn, give you the best performance from the saw. The indicator does this without interfering with the actual work that is at hand. 

The blade on this saw is flexible and has a band of teeth on one edge. This band fits around two aligned wheels with rubber tires. This is what helps the blade track the center of the wheels as you work.

One of the wheels remains stationary, whilst the other rotates as you work. This is all thanks to the motor. You can easily adjust the wheel to what is comfortable for you. 

Safety

Safety has to be at the forefront when you use any bandsaw. The blades have guards on them. It also comes with a foot brake stop. The blade guide is there to give support when you are cutting. They must be as close as possible to the blade as you work.

Putting it as close as possible helps to cover the part of the blade that is not being used and hence could be dangerous. 

The foot brake on the saw helps to stop the machine with your foot quickly. It cuts the power to the motor. Always make sure to use the machine in a well-lit area, and dry.

If you need to shift anything or adjust the blade, make sure that the saw is unplugged from the power source to avoid accidents. Also make sure to wear the right protective gear for your eyes, and hands. Make sure to read the manual carefully. 

Who is this product ideal for?

This is not a machine to be used by amateurs, only trained operators should use it, as it requires skill. You should also make sure that you are of a sober mind. 

Pros

  • It is an accurate saw, that is great at making precision cuts. 
  • It has blade guards and this increases safety when using the saw.
  • It is compact
  • It also has a foot brake stop, to give you some control when your hands are full. 
  • It has a powerful motor. 
  • It comes with a tension indicator, which some bandsaws don’t come with and getting it on its own, is an additional cost. 

Cons

  • It is not safe to 

Our Verdict

This is a powerful bandsaw from Shop fox. It comes at a reasonable price for its performance. It is well worth this. Happy shopping!

David D. Hughes
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Shop Fox W1770 5 HP 21" Bandsaw Review

Are you on the lookout for a new band saw, that will be sure to do the job? Considering the Shop Fox W1770? A good band saw will help you get uniform cutting action, whether you are working wood or metal. Bandsaws are a fixture in many workshops, where accurate cuts are necessary for plastic, wood, and metal. 

Product SKU: W1770

Product Brand: ShopFox

Product In-Stock: Available

Editor's Rating:
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