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  • Lets see pictures of your band saws

    Here's my Ellis 1600 when it was almost new. I have enjoyed working with the saw, it's accuracy is amazing. I have gotten pretty good at figuring out how to clamp odd shaped work on it. I keep a pair of 12" vise grips by the saw for holding jobs the saw's vise can't hold properly and wood blocking to raise or put behind a work piece that has a bolt or something that keeps it from laying flat on the saw's table or up against the fence. I prop the head up with a 4X4 to keep pressure off the heads hydraulic lock and to keep the heads springs from stretching.

    I'm always saying my Ellis is the heart of the my shop. I couldn't work with out it.
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  • #2
    Nice, I have always wanted one but the old porta band gets me by.

    Don't have any room inside for one but what a difference it would make.

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    • #3
      Originally posted by Hardrock40 View Post
      Nice, I have always wanted one but the old porta band gets me by.

      Don't have any room inside for one but what a difference it would make.
      I don't use my porta band much, I'm terrible at following a line with it, but those of you that do use yours seem to learn to make decent accurate cuts with them... I use mine mostly for making unusual cuts that can't fit on the Ellis or cutting off bolts.

      I was hoping to see other brands of band saws, guys interested in buying one could compare saws and ask owners questions all in one thread .

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      • #4
        Lets see pictures of your band saws

        Here is a video of my 4x6 Princess Auto saw with a home made oil cutting system.

        http://youtu.be/12M-yLlMvBQ

        She is no Ellis but I use it often for home use and it does great with a custom Lenox 6/8 tooth pitch blade.

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        • #5
          Pretty cool idea, does the oil ever cause the blade to slip on the wheels?

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          • #6
            Originally posted by tackit View Post
            Pretty cool idea, does the oil ever cause the blade to slip on the wheels?
            Thanks got the idea off You Tube.

            Not so far.

            I use the saw weekly and the only issues I have had are the band coming off the drive wheel(this use to happen before the oiling system)

            The blade I use is a Lenox 6/8 tooth pitch;pretty aggressive and on the thinner stuff I need to control the feed pressure by hand or change to my standard 22 tpi blade.

            Trick is to get a light drip going to carry the chips away while improving cutting efficiency.

            There is a good video on YouTube detailing how to maximize your cut with these cheaper bandsaws.

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            • #7
              Originally posted by ericher69 View Post
              Thanks got the idea off You Tube.

              Not so far.

              I use the saw weekly and the only issues I have had are the band coming off the drive wheel(this use to happen before the oiling system)

              The blade I use is a Lenox 6/8 tooth pitch;pretty aggressive and on the thinner stuff I need to control the feed pressure by hand or change to my standard 22 tpi blade.

              Trick is to get a light drip going to carry the chips away while improving cutting efficiency.

              There is a good video on YouTube detailing how to maximize your cut with these cheaper bandsaws.
              Maybe a bushing or bearing is worn keeping the blade from running true. Got a link to the video? thanks for sharing ericher

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              • #8
                Nice Ellis saw. Erich, great idea , like that set up .

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                • #9
                  HF 4x6 cutting 4" soild round bar. I liked the saws with the formed arms not the cast ones...Bob
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                  • #10
                    Lets see pictures of your band saws

                    This is the how to adjust 4x6" saw and review link

                    It's a lengthy one but it pays off to watch and give this guys suggestions a try!

                    http://youtu.be/oImXgU3ATEk
                    Last edited by ericher69; 09-10-2013, 05:21 PM.

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                    • #11
                      I have a Rollin vertical band saw. I love it!! very simple and also very versatile, if you are thinking of buying a band saw I would look at these for sure. I will see if I can get some pics of it

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                      • #12
                        I have a 1987 Enco 7X12 Horizontal/Vertical Bandsaw. It was built in Taiwan. It originally had a large coolant tank in the bottom of the chassis but it made a mess so I modified the saw. I changed it to a dry sump and used the original pump to raise the coolant up to the blade from a two gallon tank. I added a catch tray and raised the unit up on risers for easy cleaning. The coolant drains back down to the tank through a filter. I use Mobil soluble oil and the blades last a long time.

                        I welded the tank myself using 1/8" steel plate. The unit works quite well and will do a very straight, even cut.


                        The unit.





                        The coolant tank.

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                        • #13
                          Originally posted by surfside View Post
                          Nice Ellis saw. Erich, great idea , like that set up .
                          Thanks surfside. I have an Ellis belt grinder too, same quality, it never stalls and it's very easy to change belts. I wish I could afford an Ellis Drill press, they are built like tanks too.

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                          • #14
                            Originally posted by aametalmaster View Post
                            HF 4x6 cutting 4" soild round bar. I liked the saws with the formed arms not the cast ones...Bob
                            That's impressive Bob. If your saw can cut that size of a round accurately it's good enough for most cutting jobs.

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                            • #15
                              Originally posted by cabininthewoods View Post
                              I have a Rollin vertical band saw. I love it!! very simple and also very versatile, if you are thinking of buying a band saw I would look at these for sure. I will see if I can get some pics of it
                              Pics would be nice cabininthewoods.

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