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Old 11-22-2007, 09:37 PM
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Cutter,

I remember reading your post about your new Harbor Freight portaband saw, and the modifications you made to it. I was wondering if you could tell me how well the saw has performed for you, and if you would recommend that model over a name brand unit if the saw would see limited use.

I was all set to buy a Milwaukee model because I generally like to buy quality tools even if they would not be heavily used. But after using the new Milwaukee portaband at work, I wonder if the extra money would be worth it for me. This new Milwaukee cut through some 2" .250 wall square tube really good, but for some reason the blade kept coming off. As far as we could figure there is no way to adjust the tension on the blade other than just flipping the lever after you put the blade back on. We even tried a couple of other blades thinking the blades may be defective, but no luck.

So if the Harbor freight will hold up to occasional use, I think it would make more economical sense for me to go this route. I would appreciate an update on your saw experiences..........thanks,

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Old 11-22-2007, 09:41 PM
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I would try a different blade from a different mfg. I have a milwaukee and it preformed flawlessly untill the rubber bands wore and I cut though the stop. Couple reasonable parts and she operated like new.
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Old 11-22-2007, 09:54 PM
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So if the Harbor freight will hold up to occasional use, I think it would make more economical sense for me to go this route. I would appreciate an update on your saw experiences..........thanks,

Pat.
Pat, other than it being so cheaply built and ugly as sin I simply cannot complain about it. It kinda gives you that "Oh NO!" buyer's remorse when you see the plastic wheels & things like that but the silly saw has cut every thing I've tried. Like you said, I only use it occasionally and when nothing else seems to fit but I do not regret the purchase.
Now, I do keep it sort of hidden so nobody else ever sees it.
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Old 11-22-2007, 10:28 PM
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Pat,

I have the same saw and followed the procedures Cutter laid out. I am satiafied with the saw but have not used it a great deal. I think it's a good value for a hobbiest like myself but it might not hold up to harder, more frequent use. Whatcha want for 60 bucks
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Cutter,

Could you please, either describe the mods, or direct me to the link, so I can read about them? First I didn't know that HF sold a porta-band, second what kind of problems necessitated the need for the mods. I have 2 of the MIlwaukee porta-bands and beat the ever living dogsnot out of them (10-15 hrs a week, cutting boiler tubes and angle iron), and like a Timex, they just keep on ticking. The only other porta-band I've ever seen has been a Bosch.

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Old 11-22-2007, 11:14 PM
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Sure Jack, Here you go.
I really didn't do any modifications so much as finish assembling the derned thing.
But I did show the insides.
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Hey Pat. Here's mine with a stand I made. The base is from an old Ryobi band saw and I'm on blade number 6. I use it a lot but I take it easy because I know it's HF. I got mine on sale for $69. Jim
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