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Old 04-20-2017, 06:56 PM
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Today, I picked up a demoed a NG160 band saw, sold by NEM saws out of Oklahoma. I has a variable speed motor, uses a 68-1/4" x 1/2" x 10 to 24 tooth bandsaw blade, the unit is made in Italy.

Its a manual saw, the operator has to control the downward cutting action, its also has a miter feature. The base is an aluminum casting and weighs about 80#.

I picked this up as a demo and will try it out. I looking for a different saw for small pieces. My concern is cut quality (straight and clean) and speed. I'm currently using a selection of saws, a Wilton 3410, a Wilton 9" cold cut saw and a 14" Milwaukee dry cut saw, with 60 tooth carbide tipped blade.

Not really sure if this is a viable saw, it really depends on the cut quality, the saw is somewhat expensive, somewhere in the $1600-$1750.
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Old 04-20-2017, 07:26 PM
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The only problem I see with these "handlebar" bandsaws, is you have to
stand there and operate the saw.
The ubiquitous HF 4 x 6 saw can sit and naw away on a piece while I go
do something else, shutting itself off when done.

My friend had a weld shop, and had 3 of them running, having 3 to keep running
(do your welding in between cuts, stop welding when you hear
the piece hit the floor, keep the saws running) he put out an amazing amount of work.
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Old 04-20-2017, 08:05 PM
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Today, I picked up a demoed a NG160 band saw, sold by NEM saws out of Oklahoma. I has a variable speed motor, uses a 68-1/4" x 1/2" x 10 to 24 teeth bandsaw blade, the unit is made in Italy.

somewhere in the $1600-$1750.
Damn Jack, that is a nice saw. I have about the same with a swivel head, but not that nicely built.
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Old 04-21-2017, 04:04 AM
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The only problem I see with these "handlebar" bandsaws, is you have to
stand there and operate the saw.
The ubiquitous HF 4 x 6 saw can sit and naw away on a piece while I go
do something else, shutting itself off when done.

My friend had a weld shop, and had 3 of them running, having 3 to keep running
(do your welding in between cuts, stop welding when you hear
the piece hit the floor, keep the saws running) he put out an amazing amount of work.

That right there is why I love my bandsaw so much, it's like having an assistant
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Old 04-21-2017, 04:29 AM
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HEM saw has been around quite a while, building some pretty nice equipment for industry. Sounds like they are importing this to try and play in the consumer market. I'm not sure how I feel about that...
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Old 04-21-2017, 08:01 AM
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The only problem I see with these "handlebar" bandsaws, is you have to
stand there and operate the saw.
The ubiquitous HF 4 x 6 saw can sit and naw away on a piece while I go
do something else, shutting itself off when done.

My friend had a weld shop, and had 3 of them running, having 3 to keep running
(do your welding in between cuts, stop welding when you hear
the piece hit the floor, keep the saws running) he put out an amazing amount of work.

I have the Wilton 3410, which is a real high quality 7" x 12" drop band saw, that works great for the bigger stuff, I purposely looking for saw for the cutting (fitting) of smaller pieces.
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Old 04-21-2017, 12:49 PM
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I have the Wilton 3410, which is a real high quality 7" x 12" drop band saw, that works great for the bigger stuff, I purposely looking for saw for the cutting (fitting) of smaller pieces.
I understand that, but if this saw is not portable,I don't see how
it's any different than the grizzly
4x6 that swivels, (actually I have the homier brand) and it does the same
swivel, and it has the hydraulic damper feed, as well as shut off switch
when done.
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Old 04-21-2017, 03:04 PM
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I understand that, but if this saw is not portable,I don't see how
it's any different than the grizzly
4x6 that swivels, (actually I have the homier brand) and it does the same
swivel, and it has the hydraulic damper feed, as well as shut off switch
when done.
I'm not looking for automatic cutting, I have that on 3 different saws, I'm looking for a saw that I completely control the cut's speed, depth and angle. The current saws I have don't seem precise enough for the cutting I'm looking to do, the saw has a great vise, the cut is real close to the vise and cut quality is excellent. I was working with pieces that were less than 4" x 6" (or smaller) the work envelope, on the NG160 was small enough to allow me to do what was needed to be done, with very little difficultly.

So far I like the saw, as its a demo and is missing a few parts (the vertical table, the cutting stops), if I keep it, its going to depend on 2 issues, price of the saw as it sits and price and availability of saw blades.
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Old 04-21-2017, 05:53 PM
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I mounted the saw to a Harbor Freight equipment stand (unfortunately, long since discontinued) to make it a rigid device I cut up one of the center circles from a burner adapter ring, to the right size, with the Hypertherm PM 85. I bolted the plate the equipment stand, the the saw to the plate.


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The blade is just as important as the saw for high quality cuts.
I strongly recommend Lenox or Amada blades. I use Lenox.
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