South Bend SB1080 Band Saw

South Bend’s 16″ SB1080 Bandsaw has Rack and Pinion Tilt and a Foot Brake

The SB1080 is listed on the South Bend website at $3,150 and it has a 14″ resaw capacity, dual ball-bearing blade guides and a foot-operated brake system. There’s a quick-change blade release/tensioner and a cast-iron fence with a 2-position, 6” tall, extruded aluminum resaw fence that switches easily between resawing and thin-cutting applications. The cabinet has a storage area at the bottom of the saw for extra blades, and the miter gauge. The machine has computer-balanced cast-iron wheels (with South Bend’s initials cut out in them), a blade tension indicator and two 4” dust ports.

For anyone who uses a band saw on a regular basis to cut angled parts, there’s a cast-iron table trunnion with micro-adjustable rack-and-pinion tilting. The table locks firmly in place for repetitive angled cuts, even when the workpiece is heavy. It’s a generous size, too – 25-5/8″ x 20-7/8″. It tilts 5 degrees left and 45 degrees right and the floor to table height is 41″. A table tilt scale with a pointer is located on the heavy-duty cast-iron trunnion, and there’s a positive stop for quickly returning the table back to 0 degrees after cutting a bevel.

The motor is 3 HP, 230V, single-phase and it draws 12 Amps.

Here are some capacity specifications. The cutting width left of the blade is 15-3/4″ without the fence, and 13″ with the fence in place. The maximum cutting height for resaw or trimming woodturning blanks is 14″. This is a single speed saw where the blade travels at 3,500 feet per minute (FPM). It’s a 131-1/2″ long blade that comes in widths from 1/8″ to 1″ wide. The guidepost adjustment is rack-and-pinion

The SB1080 overall size is 33″ W x 36″ D x 79-1/2″ H and the approximate shipping weight is 418 lbs. It comes with a two-year warranty and US based customer service and technical support. South Bend and Grizzly Industrial are related.