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05-05-2015 02:58 PM

Topic tags/keywords: question bandsaw portable

Every tool has a job for which it is the best solution. I see portable band saws on Craig’s List from time to time, and I always wonder, “What job is that the best tool for?” What say you, LJ’s?

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#1 posted 05-05-2015 03:13 PM

Those are used for cutting metal. Angle iron, flat bar, square stock type stuff.

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#2 posted 05-05-2015 03:14 PM

For cutting conduit and uni-strut would be my vote for them.

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#3 posted 05-05-2015 03:20 PM

If you work with metal, they are incredibly useful.

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#4 posted 05-05-2015 03:30 PM

To a metal fabricator they are a “powered hacksaw”.
Sometimes a reciprocal saw, often referred to as a SawzAll, will work, or a grinder with a zip wheel might substitute, but the cleanest, smoothest working tool would be the “Porta Band”.

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#5 posted 05-05-2015 03:43 PM

got an old 3” cast drain pipe. Zip, gone.

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#6 posted 05-05-2015 03:53 PM

I have one I use all the time with metal.

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#7 posted 05-05-2015 04:34 PM

Good for cutting down doors. Back in the college days, doing rehab in old houses, you had to custom cut a lot of doors and they were great for that. Pipes were easy with them as well.

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#8 posted 05-05-2015 08:51 PM

before I retired from sheet metal work I used them often to cut unistrut and allthread rod.

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#9 posted 05-05-2015 09:19 PM

Why ??? try cutting 30 2” conduits off exactly on the same length and dead square with a hack saw – You will soon know why!

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#10 posted 05-06-2015 01:36 AM

When I worked for REI, we renovated an apple storage shed and converted it into a sewing factory. Each floor had hundreds of feet of metal pipe that had carried ammonia for cooling the shed. Using one of these made quick work of cutting it all in to manageable pieces.

A Sawsall, or equivalent, could have done it, but not as smoothly and I would have gone through a number of blades. As it was, I only had to swap blades once.

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#11 posted 05-06-2015 01:39 AM

Not sure, but I’ve read they are used a lot in metal work :) :) :)

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#12 posted 05-06-2015 02:53 PM

there are carpenter portable bandsaw:
http://www.timbertools.com/Products/HEMA-portable-bandsaw-wood.html

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#13 posted 05-07-2015 08:40 AM

Those would be for timber framers.
With plenty of money.
But very interesting tools on that link, thanks for posting it.


there are carpenter portable bandsaw:
http://www.timbertools.com/Products/HEMA-portable-bandsaw-wood.html

- Sylvain


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#14 posted 05-07-2015 09:34 AM

I have a portable bandsaw and its possiby one of the most borrowed tools I have.

So when my mates come around to borrow it I usually get them to help me fit a new blade as appreciation for the loan !!

Hull Oaks Sawmill.

Hey did you check out the:-

Scheer Router System for Profiling Stair Railings
Model FG 308

Now there is one impressive wood working tool !!

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#15 posted 05-07-2015 06:29 PM

I.
AM.
AMAZED.
PERIOD.


I have a portable bandsaw and its possiby one of the most borrowed tools I have.

So when my mates come around to borrow it I usually get them to help me fit a new blade as appreciation for the loan !!

Hull Oaks Sawmill.

Hey did you check out the:-

Scheer Router System for Profiling Stair Railings
Model FG 308

Now there is one impressive wood working tool !!

- robscastle


-- Don't blame me, I voted for no one.

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