More info on Minimax. This is an email from Sam Blasco, their US sales guy. I looked into Minimax before buying my PM1500. Ultimately it came down to price for me.
Thanks for your inquiry about this fine line of Italian-made bandsaws... Mini Max is a division of the SCM Group, the largest manufacturer of precision woodworking machinery in the world! Here are some some details you might find useful. As you can probably guess, I regularly answer questions like, "What makes the MM-Series bandsaw stand-out in the crowded field of available machines?" Well, there are lots of special things Mini Max offers you that you simply can't get from any other bandsaw in the US market.
Here's a quick run-down... and then be sure to click on the link below to see the in depth video demonstration I did.
-These are the only saws in the USA sold by the manufacturer. Mini Max does not rebadge and repaint other companies' bandsaws. Because they do everything in-house and aren't stuck having to re-package and re-paint somebody else's saw for you, you get a higher performance machine without having to pay the dealership or a middleman.
These of bandsaws are the heaviest and strongest you can buy. Since Mini Max uses the SCM foundry, they can afford to spec' out a thicker castings, like the wheels and tables, and heavier gauge steel chassis and beefier components. No other bandsaw offers triple-boxed beam column for absolute rigidity when using high-tension blades like the excellent Lenox Woodmaster and Tri-Master blades.
The Minimax bandsaws are the most advanced in the US market. The quick tilt table tilting unit, for instance, was CAD-designed in order to provide both the quickest tilting action as well as the most stable mounting platform. The guidepost assembly is also the most sophisticated available. The more common rack-and-pinion guidepost movement is fine until you add dust to the mix, but not on these max-duty resawing machines. Instead, they use a chain and sprocket like you'd see on a forklift: Self-cleaning, very precise, and never wears out. And rather than simply passing the guidepost through the upper cabinet's sheet metal, like every other Italian saw, we reinforce it with a milled cast-iron block that is bolted through a reinforced plate and makes any adjustments you might want to do easily accessible from the upper cabinet's exterior.
How productive is a bandsaw if you're fighting with it all the time? The Carter Micro Precision guides have a 50 year proven track record, and the MM-Series of bandsaws utilizes an industry wide standard guide mounting post, so if you prefer your favorite aftermarket guide system you're not stuck shelling out another couple of hundred bucks for a conversion kit just to put them on the Mini Max. They just slip right on. And for tire changes, instead of making you pull one of the flywheels and take it to your local machine shop (we all have one of those just around the corner, right?) when a blade lets go and cuts the tire or it's just time, they use a tongue-and-groove rubber system that you can replace, yourself, in five minutes.
The MM-Series of bandsaws are designed with safety in mind. Our Soft-Touch footbrake, for example, will stop an MM16's flywheels in less than one revolution with just mild toe-pressure. Banging your forehead or hitting your shin with the door panels is no fun, so Mini Max bandsaws have doors that open independently, not together. Of course, there is a separate safety micro-switch on each one. And, less dust in you shop means healthier lungs for you, so they optimized dust extraction to pull it all out right under the lower guides, instead of letting it fill up the bottom of the cabinet, first.
Lastly, the SCM Group has been around a long time and isn't going anywhere soon. In the United States Distribution Center in Atlanta, GA, they have a spare parts room dedicated to bandsaws and stock all the common wear items here in the USA so you don't have to wait for a part to come from Italy; In other words, you will be take care of you. This is just a small part of what makes Mini Max #1 in customer care surveys year after year.
Anyway, I hope that shows a little bit of what makes Mini Max bandsaws so special. Call me, or I'll call you soon to touch bases and follow up with you. Thanks again, and please keep in mind: questions are always welcome, and don't forget to check out the video here: http://www.minimax-usa.com/index.php?option=com_seyret&Itemid=37\
I have attached info and current pricing. The annual year end sale is on right now until December 31st and those prices are as follows:
MM16 ... $2,995 MM20 ... $4,045 MM24 ... $5,125
Each saw will also include for free two steel blades and the mobility kit ($250 value). Please let me know if you have any questions.
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