Formula S500P US Bandsaw

The solid build and advanced components make the S500P US a joy to use.

The Formula engineering department designed this machine for artisans, semi professionals and heavy industrial use.

Construction and manufacture is done in the renowned  Centauro factory’s in Italy.

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A band saw with big capacity and small footprint.

The solid build, advanced components and user friendly controls make the S500P US band saw a joy to use. Designed for artisans, semi professionals and heavy industrial use.

Popular throughout Europe, North America and Canada, this band saw is renowned for having massive cut capacities, heavy duty construction and a quality of cut second to none.

But how is this achieved?

Through smart engineering.

It’s the research and design thats gone into the S500p US that set it apart from others. A 3 piece box frame ensures a rigid machine. The oversized cast iron wheels use a unique rubber insert system, making servicing and maintenance simple – learn more in the specifications section.

The S500P US band saw is made by Centauro, a specialist bandsaw manufacturer in Italy.  These genuine European machines have years of R&D built into them.

The Formula heavy duty range of band saws all feature a large, extremely heavy cast metal fence with machined faces – giving you a rock solid reference point when resawing.

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1 review for Formula S500P US Bandsaw

  1. :

    I have owned the Minimax S500P US for a few months now. which has given me time to put it through a wide variety of tasks. Here are some of my observations; I hope they will be helpful.

    Once out of the crate the mobility wheels were easy to install. These came standard with the Minimax, other machines I looked at they were extra.

    With the experience of my previous machines I thought I would need to fix it down to the floor, however it didn’t take long to realise it was not necessary. Its sheer mass makes it completely stable with no vibration or movement even under heavy load.

    The machine comes without mains power connection. Mine is single phase so the cost of a 15 amp cable and plug is minimal and easy to install. It’s a big motor to power up so I have it on a dedicated circuit. With the stock I have been ripping down, you wouldn’t know it wasn’t 3 phase.

    Once things were operational there was only a bit of tweaking to do. You could use the table block insert as if you were going to just rip big stuff down however I use it for precise work as well.

    I lapped the top on a sheet of sandpaper and filed the edges for a neat fit, there are screws on each cornet to seat it perfectly. The last thing was fine tune the blade square to the table, there was nothing in it.

    I use mainly ½” blades with different TPI so when changing between these there is almost no adjustment. However when changing to the 1” for ripping you do need to make all the adjustments including taking one of the three washers from behind the lower guide support bar where it bolts onto the cabinet. Without doing this there isn’t enough adjustment behind the deeper blade with that guide. In the perfect world you would have 2 bandsaws, in my world I just allow 15 minutes.

    The blade tension gauge is not far off the mark. To set the blade I run the machine with most of the tension on then watch the blade as I tighten gently until it is steady.

    The fence is a heavy beast that sits firmly on the beautifully machined table with just a gentle nip up. You could screw a taller fence to it if needed. Mine is an American version with imperial measurements on the fence guide bar, which is really only a guide but I easily replaced it with a metric one.

    Adjustment of the upper guide support on it’s massive 30mm bar is easy and upon tightening absolutely solid as with any of the other adjustments.

    The footbrake works well and I think necessary on a big saw.

    The guide system and adjustable fixings on the end of the post, apart from being easy to use, just look good!

    Dust extraction is ok with a sacrificial block of ply that you push into the blade while turning the wheel by hand, this seals off the lower compartment. I cut up a few the same sizes to go with the different size blades I have.

    Tilting the table is effortless with its well balanced and incredibly solid under table pivot point fixings. I have the bottom guide as high as it can go normally, so it needs to be lowered when tilting past a certain point, and the plastic drop in has to be withdrawn.

    For a small workshop a bandsaw is a must, it is a simple and versatile machine. I was able to purchase a more powerful machine with minimal increase in its footprint in my workshop.

    I have had my time with old second-hand and cheap machines which in hindsight has been a complete false economy in time and money. Being one of the three most used machines in my shop it was a no brainer when it came to justifying the cost. In my experience spend the most you can afford on things you rely on and use regularly,

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Specification Sheet

Formula S500P US specification sheet

  • Worktable size: 500 x 700mm
  • Wheel diameter: 500mm
  • Max cutting height: 500mm
  • Max cutting width: 480mm
  • Min/Max blade length: 4296/4376mm
  • Min/Max blade dimensions: 10×0.5mm/30×0.5mm
  • Motor size: 4hp, 240V
  • Lower cabinet isolation chamber for dust removal
  • Exhaust outlet diameter: 100mm
  • Cleaning brush on lower wheel
  • Microswitch cutouts on top and bottom access doors.
  • Telescopic blade protection with rack
  • Saw blade tensioning indicator
  • Footbrake
  • Overload motor protection

Triple welded Steel Frame

The triple welded steel frame for Minimax S400PThe S500P US has a three piece welded steel frame. Alternative methods of construction include a hollow tube for a spine (the weakest) or two steel tubes welded together (much more rigid).

Our machines have three peices welded together for maximum rigidity.

When you tension a carbide blade, many of which require 30,000 psi to achieve the proper tension you dont want the machine spine to flex due to the pressure.

Our system ensures the Formula bandsaws will not.

Cast iron wheels

Cabinets for S600PThe S500P US have large cast iron wheels which are perfectly balanced to reduce vibration, and produce a flywheel effect to aid in the processing of your pieces.

Furthermore, this machine features an adjustable lower guide assembly. Most lower guides are fixed at a low position, to allow the table to tilt to 45degrees and not hit the guides. On our machine, when you are not tilting the table, you can raise the guides all the way up to the lower table surface to decrease the distance between your guides – maintaining a maximum stability through your cut.

Tongue and groove tyres

tongue and groove tyres for Minimax S400PThe S500P US has tongue and groove tires on the cast-iron wheels. When replacing a tire on most machines (an inevitability over time) you have to scrape off the glued on tire, clean the cast iron surface, re-glue the new tire on, band it so that it adheres properly, and possibly have to take the wheel to be re-balanced afterwards.

Some machines have “cold-vulcanized” tires which is a permanent bonding process which means you have to send the entire wheel back to the manufacturer to replace.

With our system, no glue is necessary, simply heat the tire a little, wrap it around the cast-iron wheel so that the tongue fits into the groove of the wheel surface, and as it cools it bonds to the wheel. Simple.

Heavy duty rigidity

upper guide support for minimax band sawThe S500P US has an 1.25″ steel post for your upper guide support. This post has a chain and sprocket mechanism so that you always maintain fluid movement even with the buildup of pitch and dust. Lending further support is a massive cast iron enclosure and a metal gib so that when you lock your guides in place, you don’t get any flex when cutting your material.

This range of machines use Imperial measurements on all labels and manuals. No blades are supplied with the machine.

Pricing is based on customer pickup from our warehouse. If an interstate stock transfer is required, additional charges will apply.

Need more info, or want to check our stock levels? If your in Australia you can call us on 1300 422 349.

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