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    What is your choice for a portable band saw? Any brands to stay away from? How are they for doing angle cuts? Id love to have a horizontal saw but cant afford the saw or the floor space right now.
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  • #2
    Originally posted by Flyingpig View Post
    What is your choice for a portable band saw? Any brands to stay away from? How are they for doing angle cuts? Id love to have a horizontal saw but cant afford the saw or the floor space right now.
    I went with Porter Cable. The old school worm drive style, the same as the first Porta-Band that I ever used. Like any handheld saw, it is only as accurate as the operator. And I paid more for my Porta-Band than I did for my Harbor Freight H/V band saw. I got the Porta-Band before I had a garage to work in so the H/V was right out, I now have and use both frequently. I have no experience with a "bad" portable band saw but the better brand names usually have better guides, and the direct drive portable band saws, though cheaper to buy, perform well, unless you need to get them into a tight space, the motor sticking up there tends to get in the way and you find yourself either unable to fit the saw in there or see over the motor to the blade. If I had to choose either a portable band saw or a H/V band saw, no question, the portable would win out, it's just more useful and trouble free, for my use.
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    • #3
      You can't go wrong with Milwaukee or Porter Cable either for that matter for a fast and good cutting saw. However, I now use my $160 Harbor Freight green bandsaw for all my cutting as it cuts straight and I could never hold my Milwaukee perfectly straight. Keep in mind that I am just a hobby metal worker though.
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      • #4
        Band Saws

        I bought a Milwaukee #6236 about a year ago, runs on AC/DC (never know, may only have a Lincoln Pipeliner 200D to plug it into), it came with a case, the blades are easy to find, cuts straight, I'm happy. I have a very old horizontal (4 x 6) that I still use, but when I need to make a quick cut, or miter, I'll get the Milwaukee out. Hope this helps

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        • #5
          I've got an old milwaukee I bought at a yard sale a few years back. I couldn't complain even if I'd bought it new. it's a bit on the heavy side, but that also helps keep it stable.
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          • #6
            Milwaukee

            have an old Milwaukee...also..... keeps on ticking... probably 20 years old... do not think it will wear out..

            hope this helps

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            • #7
              You did not say if it was for every day use or as a hobby.

              My use is "hobby\handyman" and therefore I bought the Harbor Freight version.

              Yes, you need to take it apart and take the hard stuff that I assume was - at one time - a lubricant out and put something that is real grease in there.

              And yes, you need to put a good blade on it.

              And yes, it makes a lot of noise when it runs.

              But it works fine for what I use it for and at $70 - on sale - it was worth it.

              I also have two of the 4x6 stand type saws - one that has the motor assembly that will swing around for angled cuts and one that just does straight cuts. Though I prefer the stand saws for everything that I can fit in the vice - accuracy, ease of use, etc. - there are a few things that only the portable can do.

              And I suppose if I could only have one it would be a portable along with the steadier hands and better eyes option.

              Arvid

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              • #8
                I've got a Milwaukee and I've drank plenty of Old Milwaukee .
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                • #9
                  Porta bandsaw

                  I also have a Milwaukee deepcut portaband bandsaw and I haven,t had any problems with it. I have had it about 5 years.

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                  • #10
                    Milwaukee Deep-Cut works fine for me. Cheaper than the Harbor Freight if you purchase one off of eBay.
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                    • #11
                      My HF started spitting the drive tire after about a year. I'd buy a milwaukee if I had to do it over.
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                      • #12
                        Originally posted by Fishy Jim View Post
                        My HF started spitting the drive tire after about a year. I'd buy a milwaukee if I had to do it over.
                        The Milwaukees will do the same...maybe not as fast. Hard to get them to last forever with such narrow blades. On the plus side, the local industrial supply here in a town of 20,000 carries the drive belt, brushes and most other wear parts, in stock and the fix was in the $7-$8 range. Hard to beat a $70-$80 used Milwaukee deep-cut off of eBay.

                        On a side note, I believe the Porter-Cable and Rockwell that preceded it use a different size blade than the Milwaukees. Anybody wanting 4-5 Porter-Cable blades...they're longer than the Milwaukee style...be the first to PM me and they are yours. Got them in with a mess of Milwaukee blades I bought. EDIT: After looking, it appears the Porter-Cable use sthe same size blades as the Milwaukee. I believe these blades were for the Rockwell at 48+" in length.
                        Last edited by WyoRoy; 11-20-2008, 11:16 PM.
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                        Logan 7" shaper
                        Ellis 3000 band saw
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                        Victor Journeyman torch and gauges
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                        Lots of dust bunnies
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                        • #13
                          I've got a tube of weather strip adhesive I'm going to try on the tire, but haven't gotten around to it. It's not even that the tire is shot, but that it just won't stay on the cogs on the wheel. I probably should try switching them (the drive and idler are both identical) to see if the idler will behave better before trying to glue it.

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                          • #14
                            The Milwaukee site doesn't list the deep cut or variable speed saws anymore! They are available through re-sellers though. It seems like they were discontinued.
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                            • #15
                              i've used porter cable and milwakai for past ten years cant go wrong either way,

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