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Old 07-26-2010, 07:59 PM   #1
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Can anyone recommend a portable band saw or attest to their ability to round off the edge of, say, a two-by-four?

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Portable Band Saws are most often used for metal pipe, angle iron, bolts or other profiles but they can be used to cut other materials including wood.

The only advantage that I could see is using a portable Bandsaw to cut profiles say on a pergola, but then because of the weight of the saw and the necessity of holding the saw with both hands, I think it would be very difficult to cut consistent repetitive profiles.

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They are kinda of heavy too (15 lbs or so). The only time I've used them is to cut steel. But if you really want one and you want quality, go with Milwaukee or Dewalt.
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There are other kinds of portable bandsaws. I have one from Grizzly that is a woodworking bandsaw, 12" and it's portable. What kind are you looking for?
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The Grizzly that you bought...was it this one:

http://grizzly.com/products/Portable...-w-Stand/G8692

and, if so, what do you think if the stand and the quality of the stand and saw?
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No, the one I bought I don't see on their site anymore. Grizzly, does like most tool companies, they contract out to the cheapest bidder. So you never know what the quality will be.
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I generally stick with Dewalt and Lincoln (although I have some Powermatic and Milwaukee tools that are pretty good). I've looked at Grizzly throughout the years, but I always had an iffy feeling.

A portable band saw would make a good addition to my shop although I've never really, really needed one. Having the stand to go with it would be handy for certain cuts. Milwaukee has a saw/stand set, but it's a little pricey and some reviews that I have read are not too flattering.
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I would not be afraid to buy one of these for occasional use:
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if it were me, and just for occasional use, I'd look on craigslist and get an older milwaukee before I bought one of these harbor frieght jobs. The older Porta-bands were heavy duty, and built to last. The problem with these cheapo's is they were never intended to last. they are cheap for a reason, so you won't cry in 6 months when you are dropping them into a dumpster. I don't know about you, but I don't have enough money to buy cheap stuff......YMMV
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Can anyone recommend a portable band saw or attest to their ability to round off the edge of, say, a two-by-four?
I would use a router with a round over bit.
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if it were me, and just for occasional use, I'd look on craigslist and get an older milwaukee before I bought one of these harbor frieght jobs. The older Porta-bands were heavy duty, and built to last. The problem with these cheapo's is they were never intended to last. they are cheap for a reason, so you won't cry in 6 months when you are dropping them into a dumpster. I don't know about you, but I don't have enough money to buy cheap stuff......YMMV
I agree. I've always bought tools with the aim that it needs to last a lifetime (a hobbyist's lifetime) and that it is a solid performer. And even when they are newI can't stand the idea of buying a cheap POS only to suffer with wobble, vibration, wander, out of square, etc.

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