June 7, 2020

Shop Fox W1825 19″ Heavy-Duty Bandsaw Review [UPDATED]

Are you looking for a heavy-duty band saw? The Shop Fox W1825 could be worth looking at. You need to get the right saw to pack just the right punch and possibly more. With the price that these saws fetch, you must get something you are happy with and use on more than one project. 

ShopFox W1825

The Shop Fox w1825 19inch heavy-duty saw has several features that make it a great buy. It has a powerful motor as well as capacity. It has an extensive table that gives you ample space when working. It has a 6-inch resaw fence that converts to a very low-profile fence. If you are a serious woodworker, this saw will do you a lot of good. 

This saw has all the features you need in a heavy-duty band saw. It also has a rack and pinion tilt mechanism. You can find another feature on this table: the cast-iron trunnions, the cast iron wheels, and a foot brake for safety reasons. The motor is a 3-horsepower, 220 volts single phase. Let’s take a look at what else it offers you.

Aesthetics

Shop fox w1825 has parts that are made of cast iron. It is mostly white and has the iconic shop fox logo on its side. The name of the bandsaw is also clearly marked on the side of the saw. The overall size is 36 W x 76 H x 32-inch D. It has a three-quarter inch hook style blade, and the approximate shipping weight is about 480 pounds.

Performance Review

This is one of the more powerful bandsaws on the market. It has a TEFC capacitor start induction, 60 Hz. The resaw fence on the w1825 is removable and is a bi-positional extruded resaw fence. It allows the operator to lower the blade guides and get them as close to what you are working on as possible. 

It is an efficient saw with sharp blades. This is especially handy when you are cutting smaller pieces of material. You can always switch it to the vertical position, which will allow you to work on longer pieces of material.

This saw has an extra-wide 26-3/4-by-19-inch precision ground cast iron table. It also has a key lockout safety switch and a 6-inch deluxe resaw fence. The saw also comes with a miter gauge, two 4-inch dust ports, cast iron trunnion, rack-and-pinion table tilt mechanism, and a foot brake.

You get smooth cuts thanks to the cast iron wheels. The foot brake has a dual purpose of safety and speeding up production. You can cut the power to the motor by stepping on the footbrake and still keep your eyes on the work at hand.

Safety

The shop fox w1825 19-inch heavy-duty saw has a couple of safety precautions you need to heed. You will find these in the manual, and it is prudent for you to make sure that you read it and not just gloss over the manual. It would be best if you were well trained before using the saw. You can save yourself a whole lot. 

Also, make sure that you disconnect the saw from the power source whenever it is not used. Also, remove any keys so that you avoid children and anyone unauthorized to use it. Better yet, lock the workshop when you are done so that there is no danger of someone wandering in to use it. 

Also, make sure that you place the saw in a safe, dry, and spacious space. You want to be able to work without any disturbance or hindrance. Using the saw in a cluttered, wet room can increase the risk of being an electrical surge. You must always be alert and sober when you operate the saw. 

 Remember that this is electrical equipment, and it is important to take all the necessary precautions to avoid being shocked or burned. If you think the saw has an electrical fault, don’t try to fix it yourself unless you are a qualified electrician.

If you want to make any adjustments to the blade or any part of the saw, switch it off at the source first. You want to make sure that there is no chance of you accidentally switching it on as you are fiddling with it. 

You can also protect yourself by wearing protective gear. You can wear safety goggles that will protect your eyes and your face’s sides. You will need to get approved eye goggles. Remember that everyday gloves will not do the trick.

It also comes with a foot brake which enhances safety. You can easily cut the power to the blade by simply stepping on the foot brake. This helps you keep your focus where it matters, on the table. 

Working gloves are also a necessary safety precaution that helps to protect your hands as you feed the material into the saw. An additional safety feature that comes with the saw is the blade guides offering extra blade coverage. 

Who is this product ideal for?

Professionals best use this product. People who are trained to use the saw. It is a very technical instrument with many safety hazards that you must be mindful of. It is not a tool for amateurs. 

Pros

  • It is versatile
  • It is portable
  • It is a powerful heavy-duty saw
  • It has a foot brake which can help you control the saw
  • It has a blade tension indicator
  • It has a fence with a scale and a magnifying window. 
  • It also has a heavy-duty miter gauge. 
  • The bearings are sealed and permanently lubricated.

Cons

  • It has no cooling systems.

Our Verdict

The Shop Fox w1825 has a powerful motor that can easily cut through any material of the project you are working on. Some of the toughest wood can be cut by this heavy-duty saw. Be sure to check out our Shop Fox W1770 review. We think it is worth the price. Happy shopping!

David D. Hughes
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