update: December 2017
SKIL 3386-01 is one of the best budget benchtop bandsaw that you can start with. This small saw has sufficient features and power, allowing you to crosscut or rough cut irregular shapes easily. It is also lightweight, portable and user friendly. Let’s discover the entire benefits and features of this 9 inch bandsaw from SKIL.
Construction of SKIL 3386-01
The model 3386-01 bandsaw has a common design which can be seen on any lightweight benchtop bandsaw: a blade (which is 6 TPI) looping around 2 pulleys with a table for cutting. The whole machine is covered mostly with plastic (red and black color) giving a rigid feeling at first sight.
Because those cover parts are mostly plastic, this saw is very lightweight (37.9 lbs) which is very useful for maneuvering if you do not use the saw most of the time (I bet you do not).
Highlighting parameter of SKIL 3386-01 2.5-Amp 9-Inch Band Saw
This bandsaw is down-to-earth which is having all of the required features for a portable saw.
- A 2.5 amp motor -which suffice to cut the wood at light-duty level
- Blade type: from 1/8-3/8 inche where you can choose several type of blade with different TPI for cutting different type of woods.
- A 12 x 11 3/4 inch table – a standard size for most of 9 inch bandsaw. The table angle can be adjusted with a rack and pinion table adjustment
- Throat size: 9 inche
- Max cutting size: 3-1/2 inches
- Accessories: miter gauge and a fence
- A dust port for attaching vacuum hose
- Warranty time: 3 years with limited conditions
The compact design, sufficient features and low price make SKIL 3386-01 one of the most attracting 9 inch bandsaw that you might find on the market.
Benefits of SKIL 3386-01
With the SKIL 3386-01, you can do cutting (straight, crosscut) and resawing the timber into smaller pieces. The best part of SKIL 3386-01 that I like most is that it has all of the features but it is very affordable.
You can use this small bandsaw to not only to cut the wood but some others such as glass, PVC pipe,.. (when using a proper blade). Changing blade is also easy.
The saw does not have much noise during cutting which is also a good feature.
It is compact which is easy to store after use (if you do not use a bandsaw daily)
Understanding of SKIL 3386-01
The SKIL 3386-01 is a portable, lightweight bandsaw which is intended for light use. For that intended use, you should notice about what types of materials that you are constantly working with. For most of the woodworkers at entry level, hobbyists, SKIL 3386-01 is a great addition to their workshop on both price and performance benefits.
You should notice this device use a 2.5 amps motor, if you need to cut hardwood most of the time (such as oak timber) or doing resawing, you might try an option with higher motor power (3.5 amps for example) which will let you do the job smoother.
With less mentioned that this SKIL 3386-01 has a 3-year warranty condition (check accordingly) therefore even there is an issue with the saw then you can get support freely from SKIL.
As a budget benchtop bandsaw, SKIL 3386-01 accessories are at mid quality (fence, gauge).
Rating of SKIL 3386-01
- Price: 10/10
- Performance: 8/10
- Noise: 8/10
- Durability: 9/10
- Design: 9/10
SKIL 3386-01 offers a portable, lightweight, easy-to-use and money saving benchtop bandsaw (9-inch type). If you are serious for costing, this SKIL 3386-01 will be the greatest match.
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