Important advice for bandsaw users

This type of bandsaw is sold under many brands and is rightly popular. The machines give good service in either vertical or horizontal mode and their price is quite low. Mostly they are sold flat-packed, the assembly instructions are reasonably good although one important point has often been missed out completely....

My instructions included no directions on which end the wheels should be fitted to. The wheels and handle can be attached on either end and it seemed a good idea to fit the wheels to the heaviest end of the machine. If the wheels are fitted to this heavier, fulcrum end of the arm, moving the bandsaw just a few inches can result in the arm springing up, wrenching the handle from your grip and the whole machine doing a half-somersault. This can result in damage to the machine at best (that is why mine has a bungee cord on the pulley cover in the picture) and injury at the worst.

Make sure that you fit the wheels to the opposite end to the arm fulcrum!

Take care to fit the wheels on this end, otherwise bandsaw gymnastics may result....