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Old 06-25-2017, 10:30 AM
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Originally Posted by arizonian View Post
Eye protection mandatory?
You should have eye protection on in the shop period!

Originally Posted by JBFab View Post
In my experience Big Eddy's quote is incorrect.
Big Eddy was discussing abrasive chop saws not cold saws.

Originally Posted by hokie1999 View Post
Thanks, let me re-ask the question.

Would a bandsaw like

be good for sawing metal? Metal here is 1/4 inch steel?

This is a 1 HP motor.
That is a saw for wood not steel.

The first band saw you posted in your OP, is for cutting metal.
I would shop around as Northern tool usually has the highest
prices. Jack (platypus) is dead on with his analysis.

Keep in mind HF always has a 20% off coupon on line you can use.

The saw is the same one as Northern, except different paint.

I have an abrasive chop saw as well, they are great for taking to the field
for remote work. Mine is used for that and demo work. My shop saw is an
Ellis great saw but not cheap. HEM makes some good saws. Both are made
in the USA Wisconsin for Ellis and Oklahoma (IIRC) for HEM.

One thing to keep in mind is your blade selection really opens up once you
get to a 1" wide band. Unfortunately the saws that can run them are not
in the $200 range. Like everything in life, compromises must me made.

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Old 06-25-2017, 10:35 AM
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No as built the blade speed is faster than needed for steel. Look for a saw dedicated for metal cutting.
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Old 06-30-2017, 02:41 PM
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Default There are saws and then there are saws

I used to have a chop saw with the abrasive disk. Then I saw the Evolution Raptor low speed metal dry cut saw. While the blades and saw are more expensive than the abrasive chop saw the cuts are cleaner and the blade does not drift like the abrasive disk does and it doesn't heat up the metal as much. The Evolution Raptor is cheaper than a metal cutting band saw but its' blades cost more than a band saw blade. But it is easier to change blades and you can get specific blades for Aluminum, Steel, and Stainless Steel.
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Old 06-30-2017, 02:56 PM
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Just remember when buying the HF,Cummins or most china saws to drain and check gearbox for casting sand . It doith a number on the gears quickly.
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Old 07-14-2017, 01:42 PM
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That bandsaw is designed for cutting wood. If you got a metal blade and went to the slowest speed setting it'd probably work for ok for awhile. I'd have to look up what sfpm is recommended for cutting steel. I would definitely recommend buying a saw designed for steel!

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