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Old 06-09-2010, 11:13 AM
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Port-a-band saw

In my ongoing trials of stuff HF had a port-a-band saw on sale so I picked one up..if you are doing any steel fabricating you need one of these things. Very convenient tool and one can cut accurately with one, I expect I will be using it often when I am fabricating steel..

http://www.harborfreight.com/portabl...saw-47840.html

This gets a Sam Sez and yes there are industrial versions if your budget runs to it..

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I have one of those also and I agree it works just great!

I have mentioned mine here before as an example of one of the really good buys HF has and if the service I have gotten out of mine is common to all of them then they are going to rank right up there at the top of the list. I have to admit they are not Milwaukee quality and I have had mine get a bit hot while bearing down in a heavy cut but this was definitely well within the description of abuse and even the industrial types should not get subjected to that kind of treatment, still a Milwaukee probably would not have heated up. I can definitely recommend these things as decent quality and VERY handy tools, one of those things that most people just end up wondering how they got along without them.


One note, when you buy one stop at Lowes, Home Depot or some other place that sells blades and get a Morse or Lenox bi-metal blade because the HF blade is not going to last very long.
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Old 06-09-2010, 05:25 PM
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We have one made by real-gear that can be had for close to the same price if i recall and you can even get a base for it to use it on a bench top. Those saws are a great tool for anyone
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At work we use these daily. We have tried all the brands and this has proven itself over the long haul.

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My business demands the "porta-band" . I have seen these HF brands and wondered about them, maybe good for a few cuts here or there. I mean I use it every day, and beat the living s*#@ out of it. Bind It , use it in the rain, lay it in the mud, drop it , lower it off the ladder holding it from the cord, not to mention the HUNDREDS of other things I use it for. The First one I wore out in about 10 years, after replacing several parts on it ( mostly bushings and such).The motor was still running but needed brushes. I gave it to a buddy and he still uses it. Then broke down and bought an updated one. ( Both Milwaukee's) . If you are serious at all about your metal cutting. You must have one of these . Its great for fabricating brackets, exhaust and cross members and stuff. Highly recommended for all hotrodders.
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My business demands the "porta-band" . I have seen these HF brands and wondered about them, maybe good for a few cuts here or there. I mean I use it every day, and beat the living s*#@ out of it. Bind It , use it in the rain, lay it in the mud, drop it , lower it off the ladder holding it from the cord, not to mention the HUNDREDS of other things I use it for. The First one I wore out in about 10 years, after replacing several parts on it ( mostly bushings and such).The motor was still running but needed brushes. I gave it to a buddy and he still uses it. Then broke down and bought an updated one. ( Both Milwaukee's) . If you are serious at all about your metal cutting. You must have one of these . Its great for fabricating brackets, exhaust and cross members and stuff. Highly recommended for all hotrodders.



Just as with all HF tools they should not be considered for the professional, what we are recommending them for here is the "Weekend Warrior" and for that they are a bargain! Certainly they are not Milwaukee quality but they don't cost Milwaukee prices either and most non-professionals just don't use them enough to warrant the extra cost of pro quality. I have used mine a lot and it does a good job, for the hobbyist/home shop user I think it is well worth the money and then some but I would not recommend them to a professional for the same reason I would not recommend any HF tools to depend on to earn a living with.
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band saw

I use my Milwaukee deep cut a lot for fab work. I carry a bottle of oil for lube for cutting steel and a wax block when cutting aluminum. wax or oil really helps blade life. I rarely use th stationary band saws in the shop.
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Just as with all HF tools they should not be considered for the professional, what we are recommending them for here is the "Weekend Warrior" and for that they are a bargain! Certainly they are not Milwaukee quality but they don't cost Milwaukee prices either and most non-professionals just don't use them enough to warrant the extra cost of pro quality. I have used mine a lot and it does a good job, for the hobbyist/home shop user I think it is well worth the money and then some but I would not recommend them to a professional for the same reason I would not recommend any HF tools to depend on to earn a living with.

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