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Old 05-15-2020, 02:39 PM
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Default Eastwood or HEM Benchtop for the money

I'm checking out these two because they are in my price range, but there is a price difference of a couple hundred bucks. Other than the color they look exactly the same. Anyone with experience on either of these, any pros or cons to speak of?

https://www.eastwood.com/eastwood-be...iABEgLdfvD_BwE

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https://www.trick-tools.com/Femi_782...SABEgIzPPD_BwE

...edit...and this one too...

https://www.harborfreight.com/horizo...SABEgINnfD_BwE
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Old 05-15-2020, 05:23 PM
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Go with the Harbor Freight 4x6. It is the most saw for the money. Then pick up the appropriate bimetal blade for it. They are ideal for the hobbyist. I owned one for 20 years. Back then you could get one new for @$100. After 20 years of service, I sold it for $250
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Old 05-15-2020, 06:33 PM
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I have an HEM saw, mine is a bigger model (a hell of a lot more expensive too), a great saw, but its 100% manual, if you let go of the handle the saw stops. If your looking for a saw, that you start a cut, walk away and it shuts off after its done, this ain’t it. The Eastwood model, shown, is like this too.

The Harbor Freight is an “automatic saw”, it can be started, cutting while your doing something else. With some time and patience, they can be made to cut straight and be a valuable asset in your shop.I sold mine and bought a larger 7 x 12 model of the same design saw.

Of the 3 you showed, the HEM is the best quality saw, but does it fit your need??
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Old 05-15-2020, 08:22 PM
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Okay cool, thanks for the advice. I've been hearing that folks are using band saws over chop saws because of their accuracy, which is my main concern when cutting.

Between the three saws I listed, generally speaking, is accuracy the same across the board or is one of them more accurate than the others?
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Old 05-15-2020, 09:15 PM
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Most any saw you get will have to be tuned to cut clean and straight.
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Old 05-15-2020, 09:25 PM
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The Harbor Freight saw would be the way to go unless you don't have the room, it's nice t set it and forget it. IMO
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I picked up a HF saw that was so old it was Buffalo Forge on the name plate. The input shaft was gauged from the pulley being loose, the switch was missing and the blade guides were broken. The cost was right, FREE. Fixed the broken and missing stuff and have used it for the past 30 years. I've built 3 trailers, a flat bed for the truck and other odds and ends. The saw isn't bullet proof, but for the money, they can't really be beat.
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I picked up a HF saw that was so old it was Buffalo Forge on the name plate. The input shaft was gauged from the pulley being loose, the switch was missing and the blade guides were broken. The cost was right, FREE. Fixed the broken and missing stuff and have used it for the past 30 years. I've built 3 trailers, a flat bed for the truck and other odds and ends. The saw isn't bullet proof, but for the money, they can't really be beat.

Damn!! You think you know people, I been to Norm’s house hundreds of times, I never saw a farging saw..................
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Damn!! You think you know people, I been to Norm’s house hundreds of times, I never saw a farging saw..................
It is like the good china, you only bring it out for important guests.
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Old 05-17-2020, 12:28 PM
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It is like the good china, you only bring it out for important guests.
Then I’ll never see it!!
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