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Old September 22nd, 2012, 10:47 AM   #1
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Been looking around for a good bandsaw without breaking the bank. I'm talking hobby prices with good results. The hardest part is finding one that can cut a piece for 2 x 6" tubing on the 6" vertical. I was looking at Rikon and Jet but many of them are $$$$ and when you get cheaper and still have what I need they say wood/ metal (but non-ferrous)(i.e. no iron/ steel).Considering gearing down a woodcutter. I only need vertical cutting too. I'll take any thoughts, reviews, ideas or info ya got. Thanks!
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Old September 23rd, 2012, 07:24 AM   #2
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http://tucson.craigslist.org/tls/3290148073.html
maybe cut it 1/2 way & flip it over?
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Old September 23rd, 2012, 07:36 AM   #3
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Seems like there is a thread around here somewhere that discussed this quite a lot. I use a cheap benchtop Craftsman wood saw for cutting up to .250 aluminum. It's not the best but it's what I have. Here is a thread on the HAMB with a lot of home made tools this page should have bandsaw plans

http://www.jalopyjournal.com/forum/s....php?p=6695920

Another page with a converted portable band saw conversion:
http://www.jalopyjournal.com/forum/s....php?p=8183158
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Old September 24th, 2012, 01:09 PM   #4
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I had a brain cramp and realized that the bandsaw blade on most very machines is 90* to what I need! I looked at the horiz/ vert saws and noticed that the blade has a 45* twist to it which I just may be able to make work! You guys really help jar the rust loose in this hollow brain cavity of mine!
Gotta go order some steel......
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Check the Vintage Techs thread, for converting bandsaws.
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Old September 24th, 2012, 01:35 PM   #6
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I had a brain cramp and realized that the bandsaw blade on most very machines is 90* to what I need! I looked at the horiz/ vert saws and noticed that the blade has a 45* twist to it which I just may be able to make work!

IIRC, the Portaband is like that too.
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Old September 24th, 2012, 02:02 PM   #7
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I don't think the portabands have 6" height clearance.
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Old September 28th, 2012, 06:25 PM   #8
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Gave it a go and picked one up at Harbor freight. It will clear 6.125" so I can cut the 2x6 without a problem. I just need to make a better base and extend the cutting bed out so it can support the 80" of tubing I need to cut without it bending all over the place. At least that will be easy. A little plywood, a few screws, some 2x4s and I'll be good to go!
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Buy some good blades, and expect to spend some time on alignment.
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Old September 28th, 2012, 06:40 PM   #10
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Already looking them up. I've heard good things about Starrett blades. Any thoughts? I'll be taking my time getting everything set up to how I want it. I don't have the steel yet anyway.
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