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    A bandsaw is the only way to go. A chopsaw does have it place but only for very few things. Since getting a bandsaw the chop saw only gets used when I have easy quick cuts on the job site. Those who like a chopsaw better are people who havn't used a good band saw.

    One thing to keep in mind is that you do get what you pay for. I good chopsaw can be had for the same price or at least very close to a cheap bandsaw. Saying this don't exspect the same quality in the same price range. You will never regret getting a decent bandsaw. Also the money you will same in consumables will quickly pay for a good bandsaw. This is one point that I see frequently forgotten. I saved over 500.00 in one year which made the bandsaw almost a saving in that same year. Another point is the safety issue. Bandsaws are allot safer. It might surprise you the amount of reported accidents that are reported due to chopsaws vs bandsaws.
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    Quote Originally Posted by weldingman251 View Post
    chop saw i have better more true cuts with a chop saw then a band saw just remember to if u r using metal tht is longer then chop saw base to have ur hand on it
    Ahhhhhhhhhhhhh.......WHAT!!!

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    not near the blade no no no no no u hold it off the base off the saw this way if ur cutting round stock or tubing it doesnt spin. but then again the band saw at school is horrible so i trust a chopsaw better its wht my father has trained me on tht and a cutting wheel

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    Here are a couple of "mods" if you will that will help make a chop saw more productive and help give truer cuts.
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    those were nice i especially liked the jig for the square tubing

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    Those chop saw mods look similar to something I am working on now. I use a lot of 1/8" angle, and I have never been satisfied with 45* cuts. Of course, I am using a HF saw and I haven't actually put a square on the table to see if the degrees are even accurate. My plan is to make a base that is much larger, which will effectively make the saw stationary. However, if I do need to move it, I can simply reattach it to its standard base.

    I'll post pics when I get finished...

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    If money is a problem then I would say a chop saw would be best you can cut the different angles as well as a strait cut. A porta saw you can get to different places that you can't with a porta saw. I just do my own thing I have a chop saw. I would start with a chop saw and later if you think you need it then you can think of a porta band saw. I hope this makes sence. Gil

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    Quote Originally Posted by 84ZMike View Post
    Here are a couple of "mods" if you will that will help make a chop saw more productive and help give truer cuts.
    Mike

    A good bandsaw doesn't require any mods. just set it and let it cut.
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    im guessing ur talking bout a horizontal badnsaw then yea but im talking bout a vertical one

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    Quote Originally Posted by jamlit View Post
    A good bandsaw doesn't require any mods. just set it and let it cut.
    True but....good chop saw $200 ish mods came from my scrap pile so cost was time

    Good band saw $800 and up......
    For a home hobbiest I'll stick with my chop saw.........yes a band saw would be nice,but I can't justify the $$..........use the holders I built for my chop saw in your band saw and see how much faster it will cut and how much longer your blades last.......
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