Alpha HW615/Ambassador C14 Band Saws: Differences and Similarities

Created by Gabriel Izzo, Modified on Thu, 04 Apr 2024 at 05:11 PM by Gabriel Izzo


  • Power: 3HP 220V 1Ph with 20 amp breaker
  • Plug type: NEMA 6-20P
  • Resawing capacity: 14″
  • Both accepts blade size from 1/8″ (min) to 1″ (max)
  • Table Height: 34-1/4″
  • High/Low Fence Height (at low setting): 1/2″
  • Tool-less blade guides
  • Blade tension lever/handle for ease of blade change and adjustments
  • Table tilting mechanism: dual trunnion support with cast iron worm gears
  • Assisted gas piston for table tilting
  • Micro-switch for lower wheel brake (stops machine while shutting off machine)
  • Dual 4″ dust exhaust ports (located underneath table & another under motor)


  • Color: Blue (Ambassador) vs Black (Alpha)
  • Wheel diameter: 14″ (Ambassador C14) vs 15″ (Alpha HW615)
  • Blade linear speed in Surface Feet Per Minute: 3345 SFPM (Ambassador C14) vs 3740 SFPM (Alpha HW615)
  • Table Size: 20″ L x 15″ W (Ambassador C14) vs 20″ L x 20″ W (Alpha HW615)
  • Rail design: 1″ Steel rod (Ambassador C14) vs Rectangular tube design 1-15/16″ x 2-7/8″ (Alpha HW615)
  • High/Low Fence Height (at high setting): 3″ (Ambassador C14) vs 6″ (Alpha HW615)
  • Hand-wheel size: 2.75″ wheel (Ambassador C14) vs 4.25″ wheel with hand crank (Alpha HW615)
  • Micro-switch for door panels (only for Alpha HW615)
  • Switch box location: Protruding from column (Ambassador C14) vs Embedded into column (Alpha HW615)
  • Pin lock safety to prevent accidental start (Ambassador C14) vs Key lock safety (Alpha HW615)
  • Twist lock OFF button (only for Alpha HW615)
  • Blade length: C14 = 124-126″. HW615 = 131-133″.

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