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Old 09-11-2014, 06:18 PM
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Have a line on a TJL Industrial swivel head metal cutting band saw,can put it in my home shop for $100.00.
Before I do could I get feedback good or bad on this saw (if you have some),
I know that it is a 4x6 swivel head, takes a 64 1/2"x1/2 blade,has three speeds
20,29,&50 m/min.
right now I have/use a old atlas 12" power hack saw to do most of my stock cutting(old&slow) so this could be a big step up in my shop.

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Old 09-11-2014, 07:56 PM
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Without seeing pictures or googling, I'd say it sounds like any of the other 4x6 import bandsaws. Depending on age/use/wear/tear it might be a deal. Here, I decided to look it up in it's current form. No pricing on what they originally sold it for without registering.

Any search of a 4x6 bandsaw will give you great results on what to look for on it. There's more than a few of us on here that have them as well. If you can get pics of the particular one before you buy, we can help diagnose it. For $100 if it turned on, had all the blade guides, and didn't wobble when it went up and down I'd get it.

Edit: After looking at the pictures it looks a little different on the bottom half. The vise seems to be a secondary part to the main saw. On most of the 4x6's, the lower bed is all cast as solid unit that goes back under the head. Interesting, but don't know that it'd be any better or worse of a design other than moving the weight of the machine around to different spots.
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Old 09-11-2014, 08:24 PM
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A cheap import 4X6 with a swivel head for $100 is a no brainer in my book. Even if it didn't have a swivel head it's still a good deal.

Back me up here Cutter.
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Old 09-11-2014, 08:43 PM
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Back me up here Cutter.
Unless it;s been in a fire or a run over by a tracked vehicle I would already have bought it even with that cam lock vise.
I am skeptical of cam locks but I'd risk it.
I don't know anything about this brand but I'd risk it.
Even if this saw needs some help it should be a real bargain at that price.

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On most of the 4x6's, the lower bed is all cast as solid unit that goes back under the head. Interesting, but don't know that it'd be any better or worse of a design other than moving the weight of the machine around to different spots.
A small swivel head needs the vise to be moved right or left depending on which side you swivel towards because the head is pinned to one side (right) of the saw bed rather than the center.
My little Homer is that way.
I am not entirely sold on the arrangement because it is a little tedious to move it back & forth but it does work.
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Old 09-11-2014, 11:24 PM
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I see said the blind man...

Mine doesn't swivel so I'd never paid much attention. I think I've made three crooked cuts on purpose since I got it. Maybe if it was easier to do I would, but even a straight cut for that price is good.
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A small swivel head needs the vise to be moved right or left depending on which side you swivel towards because the head is pinned to one side (right) of the saw bed rather than the center.
My little Homer is that way.
I am not entirely sold on the arrangement because it is a little tedious to move it back & forth but it does work.
Actually, I said this wrong.
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I see said the blind man...
The blade being on the right side of the saw frame combined with the point of rotation requires that the vise be movable in order to bring the intended cut line of the work piece into position to be cut - and to keep the vise out of harms way.
More than 90% of the time I can make my cut without moving the vise but when you gotta, you gotta.
On those occasions I'm pretty sure I'd be mad if it was fixed to the base.

Considering the price I paid, this little saw has been a real bargain for it's versatility and reasonable efficiency.
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