We added a BS400 to our machine shop last year. We have a few bandsaws, each dedicated to particular jobs.
We have a giant Whites bandaw circa 1926 for ripping wide planks down. A circa 1946 Sagar bandsaw with a dedicated circle cutting jig and a 20hp Robinsaw re-saw which can handle 16” oak.
We also have a 70 year-old Dominion saw bench for ripping spindle blanks. All have cost a few bob to bring up to modern braking regulations but they were built to last, and they have. We have always used a smaller bandsaw for cutting pen blanks and small spindles and although it seems ridiculous to use a BS400 for such small work, we bought it so we would have a modern machine capable of taking on the other jobs if our old machines need some down-time repairs or maintenance.
OK, it can’t do the work of the Robinson, but it will cope with all the other jobs and we like it. If you are into converting your own logs and blanks and have the space, The BS400 is probaly the best value machine of its size on the market. It shares a similar trunnion adjutable tilt table as the BS250, 300 and 350 saws but heavier built.
It also has the same quick release blade tensioner on the back (makes for quick blade changing and puts the tension back to where it was) and an easy-adjust blade guard.
If you would like to see one at work, do ask us to demonstrate ours.