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    Hema UH 630 Bandsaw

    My search for a bandsaw eventually led me to the conclusion that a 24 inch wheel saw was all that I had room for, unfortunately ruling out some nice 30+ inch saws that I looked at like a centauro 800 and and Northfield 32 as well as an Oliver 217. I looked at a new minimax s600p and liked it quite a bit, but not enough to give up searching for a used saw.

    Yesterday I found a Hema 630 (25 inch) only 3 hours away. It was formerly used in the US treasury for some purpose and came without a fence. 25 inches form the column and 20 to the guides. A two speed three phase motor. It has a nice cast table and and 45 to -5 tilt. Built in 1988. Just got it unloaded into the shop and cleaned.

    From what I can gather Hema is a German company in business for the last 90 years and their primary product appears to be bandsaws.

    Has anyone used or seen one? It seems to be quite a high quality machine.

    Here are the photos.

    Saw with the table off waiting to be lowered.

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    All set up in the shop.
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    Sounds and looks like an awesome machine!

    Found this post that might be of interest. Sounds like you have a Mercedes!
    https://sawmillcreek.org/showthread....dsaw-Pre-Gloat

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    I have a Hema. They are well built saws, far and above in quality than my Aggazani. Does yours have the fold down miter? I wish mine was 3 phase. This one came through Mahogany Masterpieces in the 80s. Another company imported them also. Burke or something like that. They are still in business in Germany with parts still available. I like the guides but the owner of the company claims they make their own guides now that are better.
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    Matt,

    Thanks for sharing that thread. As soon as I get the electrical figured out I will be happy. It has five wires with two running to the y on a four prong plug. I can't tell if it is Y or Delta motor.

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    Joe,

    That is an amazing miter gauge. I wish mine had come with one. I might have to contact Burke or Hema themselves about it. I was looking at their website and they have a lot of different and nice looking guides. The ones on it are made by Panhans and seem quite nice.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Michael Todrin View Post
    Matt,

    Thanks for sharing that thread. As soon as I get the electrical figured out I will be happy. It has five wires with two running to the y on a four prong plug. I can't tell if it is Y or Delta motor.
    Its probably wye start, delta run.

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    That’s a beautiful saw, very nice find. Not sure what the treasury needed with it, but they have excellent taste in bandsaws.
    Bumbling forward into the unknown.

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    Joe Calhoun, what is that big blue beast behind your green beauty?

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    Quote Originally Posted by Michael Todrin View Post
    My search for a bandsaw eventually led me to the conclusion that a 24 inch wheel saw was all that I had room for, unfortunately ruling out some nice 30+ inch saws that I looked at like a centauro 800 and and Northfield 32 as well as an Oliver 217. I looked at a new minimax s600p and liked it quite a bit, but not enough to give up searching for a used saw.

    Yesterday I found a Hema 630 (25 inch) only 3 hours away. It was formerly used in the US treasury for some purpose and came without a fence. 25 inches form the column and 20 to the guides. A two speed three phase motor. It has a nice cast table and and 45 to -5 tilt. Built in 1988. Just got it unloaded into the shop and cleaned.

    From what I can gather Hema is a German company in business for the last 90 years and their primary product appears to be bandsaws.

    Has anyone used or seen one? It seems to be quite a high quality machine.

    That's a nice looking saw!
    David

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    Well done. It is a great feeling to find such a well built machine and know you paid a fraction of what new and inferior would have cost. Dave

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    Thanks gents, I look forward to many years of enjoyable sawing on it.

    Dave, you have hit the nail on the head. And the hunting makes it all the sweeter.

    Michael

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    Quote Originally Posted by Mike Wilkins View Post
    Joe Calhoun, what is that big blue beast behind your green beauty?
    Mike, that is a Aggazani 36” saw with a resaw feeder.

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    Michael,
    Did you get the nice cast iron rip fence with your Hema?

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    Joe,

    Unfortunately there were no fences that came with the saw. There was one in the picture they posted to sell it so I had to settle for a discount. Would have preferred the fence.

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