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  1. #1
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    Default portable bandsaw, which brand is best

    Sorry if this has been asked before, but I'm looking to buy a portable bandsaw and would like to know which brand has been the best for you and why. Thank you to all who repsond.

    Tom

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    Exclamation One Word.

    Milwaukee . Dan

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    I dont know what price range youre looking at but the Ellis is highly recomended.
    http://www.ellissaw.com/
    I hear the grizzly is a pretty good product also.
    http://www.grizzly.com/index.aspx
    Jet also has pretty good reviews.
    jetequipment.com/products/MA/Cat03-MA_web_p24-26.pdf
    I dont have a band saw but one of these is on my wish list. I would prefer the Ellis but I think it is out of my price range.
    Last edited by envano; 08-21-2007 at 03:15 PM. Reason: broken link
    To all who contribute to this board.
    My sincere thanks , Pete.

    Pureox OA
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    Default Harbor Freight is not the best but only $69.99 on sale...

    Harbor Freight is not the best but only $69.99 on sale until March 27. Go to the following link to find out everything you ever wanted to know about the HF and how to "pre-lube and maintain" it to assure you'll get more than a week's use out of it. Apparently, many are having good success with it.

    Milwaukee is probably the best although they are starting to have stuff made in Mexico and elsewhere and as one who uses their 8" circular saw in a machine we make, I have started to notice quality issues such as the spindle lock not working on one saw and a blade guard mounted incorrectly. But that is just about 1% of all the saws so I suppose it isn't that bad...

    http://www.shopfloortalk.com/forums/...ead.php?t=6214
    TA Arcmaster 185 w/TIG/Stick Kit
    MM210 w/3535 Frankengun
    MM140 w/o AS w/SM100 & CO2
    Hobart (Miller) 625 Plasma
    Hobart 250ci Plasma
    Victor O/A (always ready, but bored)
    Lincoln Patriot Autodark (freebie)
    .45ACP Black Talons for those difficult jobs

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    Milwaukee, Porter-Cable (maker of the original "Portaband"), and DeWalt are among the top brands for these and all are worth the money. My favorite is, of course, the newer DeWalt. I've used the Milwaukees as well and are happy with them, too.

    I've been extremely happy with factory reconditioned DeWalts from places like www.toolking.com. I think this is a helluva deal, right here:

    http://www.toolking.com/productinfo....roductid=17831

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    I guess I missunderstood and was thinking about a mooveable bandsaw.
    To all who contribute to this board.
    My sincere thanks , Pete.

    Pureox OA
    Westinghouse 300 amp AC stick
    Miller Syncrowave 250
    Hexacon 250 watt solder iron

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    I have the Porter-Cable and find it extremely handy. If I remember right, I picked it because it had a larger throat capacity. Also it had variable dial speed.
    Good luck, Jason

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    I like my Milwaukee Deep Cut
    L*S

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    Default The NEXT STEP: Brand Name Band saw Blades....

    Tom,

    If you should decide on a Brand Name saw, by doing a "Band Saw Blades" search on EBAY, you can get some good deals on blades that will fit your new saw...

    Bill

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    Thank ya'll so much. All of you have been a big help, that is why I love this site. Thanks again

    Tom Dupre
    Last edited by Cajun Welder; 03-21-2006 at 08:04 PM.

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