hand-held portable timber bandsaw

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Forum topic by woodeye posted 09-16-2009 11:22 PM 9417 views 0 times favorited 4 replies Add to Favorites Watch
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09-16-2009 11:22 PM

Topic tags/keywords: bandsaw hand-held portable timber oliver

Anyone know where a good hand-held portable timber bandsaw can be obtained (new or reconditioned) from a reputable supplier for, say, a grand or less? It must be capable of cutting 6x stock minimum – corbels, beam ends, rafter tails,etc. I’ve used the Oliver Machinery model OM12 which is a great tool and is available for $1,799.99 (, but that’s more than I’m willing to spend since I only have occasional use for this tool in my contracting business. There are others out there, but they are even pricier and perhaps more tool than I need (and maybe somewhat less portable too). I would appreciate any input especially pertaining to the OM12 mentioned above. Woodeye appreciate it…

-- JB in AZ

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#1 posted 07-04-2010 08:33 AM

I typed in ‘saw mill’ in the search box at the top of this window and seemed to get many responses…you might want to search there.

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#2 posted 07-05-2010 04:14 PM

There is a unit with a brand name of RipSaw available that uses a chain saw powerhead. New they run about $3000 but you may be able to find a used one for the grand or so you have to spend. Try Craigslist or the ArboristSite want ads. They come up every now and then.

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#3 posted 09-25-2014 06:15 PM

If you’re still looking, after four years, you might consider leasing a hand held portable timber band saw from Falberg Saw Co. . With nothing down you get the benefits of ownership without the huge investment. Only pay for it while you’re using it. See for details.


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#4 posted 01-14-2015 03:17 AM

Hope that you managed to find what you’re looking for. There are lots and lots of options available in the market now. I’d just suggest you do your duediligence and put in the effort to research the different types unless you’re going to decommission the unit and chuck it into storage after that one use.

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