Gentlemen: thanks for the tips and links.
Sheesh, sometimes the answer is too simple; cut twice. Saving the money isn't as important as saving the floorspace.
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Thread: metal band saw recomendations
07-12-2009, 12:59 AM #11RETIRED desk jockey.
Hobby weldor with a little training.
Craftsman O/A---Flat, Vert, Ovhd, Horz.
Miller Syncrowave 250.
07-12-2009, 01:04 PM #12Senior Member
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- Jun 2009
- greenfield new hampshire
jet is good
ive got a jet vert and horz, i love them, the vert saw will come in so handy, i find myself using it for all kinds of things, most of which arent for the purpose i bought it for, you will be pleased
07-12-2009, 01:36 PM #13Nick
Miller 252 Mig
Miller Cricket XL
Millermatic 150 Mig
Miller Syncrowave 200 Tig
Jet Lathe and Mill
Jet 7x12 horz/vert band saw
DeWalt Multi Cutter metal saw
Century 50 Amp Plasma Cutter
20 ton electric/hydraulic vertical press
60" X 60" router/plasma table
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07-12-2009, 06:44 PM #14Miller Dynasty 700...OH YEA BABY!!
MM 350P...PULSE SPRAYIN' MONSTER
Miller Dynasty 200 DX "Blue Lightning"
Miller Bobcat 225 NT
Miller 30-A Spoolgun
Miller Spectrum 300
Miller Spoolmate 200
Miller 225 Thunderbolt
07-13-2009, 06:15 PM #15
07-13-2009, 07:52 PM #16Junior Member
- Join Date
- Sep 2005
- Weaverville, N.C.
After a year or research, on the smaller bandsaws, I decided to go with a U.S. made Wellsaw Model 57. I got it off ebay for 350.00 with no motor. After adding an older bullitproof shopsmith motor, and a custom hyraulic downfeed, it has had very little attention other then new blades in the last 5 years. Parts are a phone call away in Michigan (always a live person). Lots of the chinese saws have gearbox issues (bone dry, full of shavings Etc.) and allignment problems (Hinge casted off center). Some are better then others, but its still a gamble on what you finally get out of the box. The yahoo 4x6bandsaw group has loads of info in the chinese saws. the Jet and Grizzly are on the high end, as harbor freight and northern tool on the low end. All come from the same factory, just painted different colors and different tollerances requested from the buyer. Its the same as always, you get what you pay for. I am not knocking the china saws, there are loads of happy people that have them. just expect to do some mods (rule # 1 throw the blade away and get a decent one), and tweaking before you get a decent cutting saw. After musical blade types for a year , I now only use MK Morse blades 10/14 bimetal, they last about a year (I do light fabrication when I am able). Lastly there is such a thing as "blade break in". This will make the difference between a few weeks, and a year of single blade use. I have not used my Milwaukee chopsaw since I got the bandsaw. Hope this is usable info.
Thisis a picture of the model I currantly use. Wrench.