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horizontal band saw

i have a vert band saw for the sheet metal stuff i do but im looking to expand. i dont have a chop saw so when i cut tubing, round or square, im left to use a sawzall. i found a good deal on a very nice used horizontal bandsaw and i was just wondering if the addition is worth it. thanks

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I am kinda in the same shoes as u. I am going to first get a chop saw. since they are cheap and very handy while using little space.

after that maybe bandsaw down the road
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thats what i was thinking but seeing as i can get a good used unit for a little more than a chop saw, i thought ide ask. i also dont want the thing to take u space and get no use.
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I find alot of used ones are not ur standard volts. in canada we are 110. alot are 220 or 3 phase. watch for that when shopping
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exactly, i would not be able to support a 3 phase system
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band saw.

one of each, I've found that most of the new steel you can buy is made overseas and from melted down scrap, My band saw has the automaatic shut off. set it up, turn it on and leave. The junk steel now has hard spots that will ruin all the teeth before I get over to turn it off. Now I do most cutting with the 220 V abrasive chop saw or my Milwaukee porta-band saw. I had one band saw that I could change to an upright, had a small table and limited access, only make small cuts. I made my own Torchmate type flame cutter, I use plywood paterns for brackets.
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so for the right rice, it might be worth having?
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I have a horizontal band saw for bigger stuff and a plasma cutter for sheet metal and stuff to 3/8". l Have not used the messy chop saw in several years. A sawsall and torch handle most anything else I need to cut.

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alrit perfect. does anyone have any experience with the brand Enco?
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Enco seems to be a good brand..I use my bandsaw much more than the chop saw..mine is only 4 1/2 inch capacity but it works for what I do at home..

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the saw in question is 7-8 inch capacity. any more on enco?
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Don't know much about Enco, but Wells is an old brand that has been around for a long time. My bud and I bought out a hobby machine shop about 15 years ago and included was an old Wells, probably 50s vintage. We have used it sense and it has never missed a cut. Simple but reliable. Cuts so true that very little has to be done when stock is put in the lathe to face it off. I have a relatively new Jet that will not cut true no matter what or how I do to adjust it.

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i have seen some of the JET models and have herd similar stories. the enco is an older machine out of a shop and i have seen it cut very true and straight.
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Sounds like a good one to go after. You need to check the availability of blades for the model unless you have a local shop that can make up the size band it requires.

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the blade size is .035"x3/4". with a pump and reverior and an extra blade, what kind of money would you guys be willing to spend?
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