Of all the 3-wheel band saws, this is the only one I would ever consider using. However, I would not call it as a heavy duty machine. My issues with this saw are blades keep breaking and replacement parts are drying up.
Considered an oldie, but definitely a goodie. I consider this top of the line machine. Its solidity and compactness makes the operation smooth and vibration-free. The best thing was I got this for a fairly decent price from the garage of someone.
We started having problems with this saw after ablut a year of service. So I started looking on the internet to see if it was just "us" or were other customers complaining as well. It seems that every review i have seen is negative. Thus I am posting a Buyer Beware on this Band saw. like many other people I am wondering if Marvel is having this saw made in Asia with the other saws they import. If anybody knows for certain please post
It has held up quite well so far. My stand is a bit flimsy, but no big deal. With good blades and a little adjustment, the saw can work just fine.
I have this band saw for three years now. All I can say is that experiences are required to master the band saw to get the most out of it. Just take time to tune it properly and it will do you just fine.
I tell everyone that this is the best saw ever made, we have had this for 8 years and love it. Cuts angles, cuts stright, saw blades last a long time
Big, heavy and absolutely fantastic machine. You need to have somebody to move this one. Although it lacks modern features, mine cuts like butter, vibration-free and very solid.
Best 14" BS I could find for under four hundred, plenty of power, works better than I ever thought. Bought locally at Lowes, ordered the rip fence over the phone for $50. I can cut 3" maple stock without any issues, I love this saw for the price. The only thing I would improve would be all bearing guides, but Carter sells them if I ever need them, which so far I have not. Little drift when ripping, quiet operation, and plenty of power. Was easy to assemble, I mounted the stand while I had the whole thing laid out on the ground, then tilted the whole unit up once I had it all bolted together. Much easier than trying to mount the saw on the stand vertical. Stock blade is not bad either, when it wear out I will get a carbide, but for now it seems great. I am also going to by some caster, uses 3/8 threaded posts on the bottom.
This is not the same Marvel as my 81A, we have had nothing but bad luck with this saw. We went back to using our 1972 Marvel 81A
This is a good and well-built saw. No problem with parts availability. However, I feel that blade guides must be upgraded so it can fit easily and for a better performance.