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Old 01-30-2010, 11:38 PM   #1 (permalink)
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Cheap, yet good band saw

Been lookin around at bandsaws, wantin to make things a little easier then using the portaband and too its about to lay down on me anyways. So, thought id ask around and see what would be a good cheap band saw for metal working to buy. ? . Everytime i go in tractor supply i look at the Clarke bandsaw they sell, pictured below.
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Old 01-31-2010, 02:53 AM   #2 (permalink)
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Looks identical to my Jet that I bought from a local tool supplier for $269. Buy it you wont regret it. I use mine all the time with no problems. Best piece of advice is to buy good quality bi-metal blades. The best one i've used was a 10-14 starret die master. I think i paid like 30 bucks for it on sale at msc. I tried the cheaper blades but you just work the saw harder than it was intended. Hope this helped.
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Old 01-31-2010, 03:02 AM   #3 (permalink)
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I agree with the above. Its a good small shop saw but use good quality blades and you should not have ant dramas. The only thing I didn't like about mine was the crappy stand it came with, so I made one


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Old 01-31-2010, 06:19 AM   #4 (permalink)
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Yep that looks like a rebaged Jet.
Have one at the shop that is probly 10-15 yrs old.Use to use it a lot until something larger was bought.
Like the others said buy good blades and also get the correct teeth count for the mat'l being cut.Dont push it when sawing.
It's a good saw for non production sawing.
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Old 01-31-2010, 06:40 AM   #5 (permalink)
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Yeah, that's the standard Chinese 4 1/2" band saw (same as Harbor Freight as well). I picked my HF saw up a year or two ago for $151 (on sale with coupon).

Enco sells bi-metal Irwin blades for $15. I bought 3, and am still on the first one.

http://www.use-enco.com/CGI/INSRIT?P...PARTPG=INLMK32

Look for a free shipping or discount offer coupon from Enco as well.
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change out the shitty oil in the gear boxes in any of the chinese saws. it gets so thick when its cold, it literally wont let the motor turn.
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i agree with the above. Its a good small shop saw but use good quality blades and you should not have ant dramas. The only thing i didn't like about mine was the crappy stand it came with, so i made one:d


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I have this one, from HF. No issues with it at all, after using it for 6 years, daily.

http://www.harborfreight.com/cpi/cta...emnumber=97009



has hyrdaulic drop, coolant if you want, etc... just buy a nicer blade.
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Old 02-01-2010, 07:51 AM   #9 (permalink)
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This is a little more than what you are looking at but well worth it. The miter head is great. you never need to move the saw or the material stands it can be set up along the wall and just left where it is.

http://www.grizzly.com/products/4-x-...vel-Head/G9742

I got one of these back in September and it is worlds better than what you are looking at. $400 for a miter head saw is the best you will do in my opinion.


Edit: Just noticed they put the price back up to $500. They had lowered the price to $400 for a long time, not sure why they put it back up. Still worth the money but not quite as good of a deal, also helped that I could have it picked up and did not have to pay shipping.
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This is a little more than what you are looking at but well worth it. The miter head is great. you never need to move the saw or the material stands it can be set up along the wall and just left where it is.

http://www.grizzly.com/products/4-x-...vel-Head/G9742

I got one of these back in September and it is worlds better than what you are looking at. $400 for a miter head saw is the best you will do in my opinion.


Edit: Just noticed they put the price back up to $500. They had lowered the price to $400 for a long time, not sure why they put it back up. Still worth the money but not quite as good of a deal, also helped that I could have it picked up and did not have to pay shipping.

I bought this saw last fall. Well worth the money. It is a great saw for the price.
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Old 02-02-2010, 10:30 PM   #11 (permalink)
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Been lookin around at bandsaws, wantin to make things a little easier then using the portaband and too its about to lay down on me anyways. So, thought id ask around and see what would be a good cheap band saw for metal working to buy. ? . Everytime i go in tractor supply i look at the Clarke bandsaw they sell, pictured below.
same thing as my 4x6 Buffalo, cut some 1.5" x 3" cr1018 with it today...took it like a champ! cost me $40 on craigslist
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Old 02-02-2010, 11:36 PM   #12 (permalink)
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This is a little more than what you are looking at but well worth it. The miter head is great. you never need to move the saw or the material stands it can be set up along the wall and just left where it is.

http://www.grizzly.com/products/4-x-...vel-Head/G9742

I got one of these back in September and it is worlds better than what you are looking at. $400 for a miter head saw is the best you will do in my opinion.


Edit: Just noticed they put the price back up to $500. They had lowered the price to $400 for a long time, not sure why they put it back up. Still worth the money but not quite as good of a deal, also helped that I could have it picked up and did not have to pay shipping.
I also have this bandsaw and it's pretty damn good! Also picked up their 7" x 8.25" unit too and it's REALLY badass!
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That Grizzly miterhead bandsaw is nice.

I have the HF 4x6 bandsaw, look for it on sale ~$199+20% off you can walk out the door for ~$170

Get a good blade, change the gearbox sludge and it will cut nice. I'm very happy with mine, it's quieter, cleaner, and cut straighter than my abrasive chopsaw ever did. I thought my first project would be building an new base, but 2 years later, it's still in one piece.

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Google 4x6 bandsaw modifications and you'll get several website with ideas to make them better. Build a new base, add coolant, etc.
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I agree with the above. Its a good small shop saw but use good quality blades and you should not have ant dramas. The only thing I didn't like about mine was the crappy stand it came with, so I made one



Nice! I didn't like the stock stand either, so I fabbed up a better one as well.



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This is a little more than what you are looking at but well worth it. The miter head is great. you never need to move the saw or the material stands it can be set up along the wall and just left where it is.

http://www.grizzly.com/products/4-x-...vel-Head/G9742

I got one of these back in September and it is worlds better than what you are looking at. $400 for a miter head saw is the best you will do in my opinion.


Edit: Just noticed they put the price back up to $500. They had lowered the price to $400 for a long time, not sure why they put it back up. Still worth the money but not quite as good of a deal, also helped that I could have it picked up and did not have to pay shipping.
Northern looks to carry the same thing. Appears identical down to the sheetmetal stand. $400

http://www.northerntool.com/shop/too...5543_200365543
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