Vertical band saws are designed to cut metal quickly and efficiently. They are often used in industrial settings to cut through thick pieces of metal quickly and easily. Band saws work by using a rotating blade to cut through the metal.
The blade is held in place by a series of guide wheels that keep it steady as it cuts.
20 Best Vertical Band Saw For Metal Cutting
1. Jet 414458 HVBS-56M 5″ x 6″ Horizontal Vertical Bandsaw
Longer Saw Life: Blade drive is a steel, heat-treated worm driving a bronze worm gear in an oil bath.
Added Stability: Heavy-duty 14-gauge steel stand (with shelf) has been redesigned for rigidity and ease of use.
Easy Mobility: Handle and wheels for easy movement.
Featuresul listed single phase motor. Heavy-duty 14-gauge steel stand. Blade drive is a sealed, steel, heat treated worm driving a bronze worm gear in an oil bath. Automatic shut-off after cut. Wheels and handle for easy movement.
Ball bearing supported blade wheel. Fully adjustable ball bearing blade guides. Vertical work table. Adjustable material stop. 0. 5 In. Carbon steel blade. Safety, the motor and electrics follow strict guidelines and electrical requirements to be certified by csa group.
I bought this saw to support my newly found welding habit. Prior to this saw, most of my cuts were with a Harbor Freight abrasive chop saw. Thank saw worked ok I guess, but like all chop saws it was loud and messy.
Also, it didn’t provide the straightest of cuts. I almost went back to HF (to be cheap) and get one of their horizontal band saws, but I have read too many reports of people having to spend significant amounts of time to get it to cut straight.
(I went through this same issue with a tile saw I bought from HF. ) I just didn’t want to do this again. I would rather cut and weld then true up a saw. I have heard good things about Jet and decided to spend the extra $$$ and get a brand name tool.
CPO’s July 4th sale and free shipping was too good to pass up. My neighbor and I put it together in about an hour. (Took our time. ) There were a few things that took a bit to figure out, but overall they were very good directions.
I did have to call their support line for something (a bolt was not getting tightening down all the way) and they suggested to add a washer. (There was no washer indicated in directions. ) I did and it worked great! This is exactly why I chose a brand name.
The support. Firing up the new toy and letting it cut through steel was a great feeling!!! It is such a nice machine. I run through a few 1 1/4″ steel tubing for practice. Probably about 5 cuts. A few days later I started on a project and started cutting through some thick hitch receiver material.
Long story short, the teeth on the blade wore away! I have no idea what type of blade it was (or if I had the gravity setting properly) but either way, that blade did not last long. I just bought a Lenox bi metal blade and set up works great! This size is perfect for the garage welder and I expect it will cut anything that I plan to weld.
If you are looking, order this saw now and be happy!!!.
All in all, it was pretty much plug ‘n’ play – after putting the legs on it. While one guy can get it done – it’s a little UN-nerving turning it upright on its wobbly legs. The legs are sufficient but seem their design was about meeting a minimum requirement.
As others have noted, the working surface is just too low. None of my rollers go that low – and I’m not up to re-inventing the wheel. My solution will be to scrap the legs and mount the saw on its own bench – at a height that doesn’t require stooping and is within the adjustable height of my rollers.
An item missing from this that would have made sense (at least to me!) would be a slide-in / slide-out metal tray to catch cuttings. Again, it will be incorporated into the work bench solution.
At a previous employer, I’ve had the chance to use a monster vertical saw, and a Grizzly horizontal saw with hydraulic feed control. In setting up my home shop, space and budget dictated that I would need a saw that worked both horizontally and vertically.
This Jet saw works fine for my needs, which so far is just cutting 6061 aluminum. You’ll need to take care when cutting horizontally, controlling speed of descent, or you’ll be overloading it and losing teeth out of your blade.
Vertical cutting is fine as well, although the stamped metal “table” is a bit of a joke. (A stamped miter slot – who are we kidding here?) I expect that I’ll replace it with a larger table made from birch veneer plywood.
THEN I can include a functional miter fence. All in all, a fine value for the price.
Large 10 in. x 12 in. infeed table assembly extends the support area and can be used in either horizontal or vertical positions. Multi-position blade guides enhance use in vertical position by increasing the throat capacity from 4 in.
to 8 in. and creates a safer working position. Tool-less quick lock vise with preset mitering positions at 15 degrees, 30 degrees & 45 degrees. Improved height and width of stand with built-in storage cabinet and chip tray.
Micro adjustable tool-less material stop for accurate set-up and repeatability.
I use this pig for stainless tubing 16g and she cuts smooth as butter. The main reason I wanted this model is the rubber wheels. It doesent allow for noise to get trasfered into the concrete. I bought 4 other band saws before this one and I finally found the last band saw I will ever buy.
Even besides the saw the guys at cpo are extremely knowledgable and shipping what cake. I usually doubt online retailers but these guys are no joke. Kinda sucks my band saw had a sale a couple days after I bought it but i can’t be mad.
At least it’s in my garage in one piece cutting stright. I can’t ask for more then that. Thanks guys.
The Milwaukee 6238-20 Deep Cut AC/DC Band Saw specializes in powerful and accurate cuts. The slim motor housing is combined with Revolutionary Cut Visibility, making precise cuts every time. The 11 Amp motor (with Constant Power Technology) can slice through 5″ x 5″ metals without breaking a sweat.
You can use the band saw all day and not get tired, because it weighs just 14. 5 lbs and has a balanced body design. Many tools offer great performance, but not enough protection from every day jobsite abuse.
The 6238-20 sports Job Site Armor Technology to keep its amazing performance up. With faulty gears, this is just a 14. 5 lb paperweight. Thankfully, the gears are protected with the Gear Protection Clutch.
Milwaukee has a long history of excellence, and it doesn’t show any sign of slowing down.
This is actually the fourth Milwaukee band saw I have had the pleasure. Before I retired I purchased two of them for my aerospace company. After I retired I purchased one for my personal, home shop that I built a table for.
The last one was this Christmas as a gift for my daughter, yes my daughter. She is an Aerospace engineer and an avid DIYer. And yes Dad built a table for her too. These saws are very rugged, dependable workhorses that I find simple and easy to use.
In fact the only problems I have ever had was from the guy working the trigger.
You’ll be able to quickly and accurately cut workpieces up to 4 in. x 6 in. (rectangle), 4-1/2 in. (round) using the band saw’s adjustable horizontal and vertical positions. Choose from 3 speeds to cut everything from brass and aluminum to rugged alloy and tool steels.
Includes a 1/2 in. x 0. 025 in. x 64-1/2 in. blade (14 TPI), plus a heavy-duty stand with two wheels. Amperage (amps)7 Blade speed (FPM)80, 120, 200 feet per minute CertificationUL ColorRed Cutting angles (deg)0-55 Cutting capacity4 in.
x 6 in. (rectangle), 4-1/2 in. (round) Maximum speed (rpm)1700 RPM Teeth per inch (TPI)14 Blade length (in. )64-1/2 in. Blade width (in. )1/2 in. Size(s)4 in. x 6 in. Table dimensions11-1/2 in. L x 7-1/2 in.
W x 23-1/2 in. (horizontal), 9-5/8 in. L x 9-1/2 in. W x 33-1/2 in. (vertical) Throat depth (in. )4-1/2 in.
I have an early version of this machine that finally died on me after about 20 years (the motor burned out). I believe a lot of the reviews for this saw are of the older iteration, which was substantially more flimsy.
My old one was green not red, and didn’t have the tool tray between the legs, which makes it much more rigid. Granted, it’s still has some flex when you’re moving it but it’s so much better. Also, they added bolt-on parts on the ends of the legs that make it much more solid.
Obviously this is not an expensive American made machine, but it really is pretty nice for the money. Assembly wasn’t exactly easy because the instructions are bad and it’s very heavy (get some help).
My only real complaint is the screw heads for attaching the table immediately stripped out. the same thing happened with the last one. If they are going to use super cheap screws there, they shouldn’t put them in so tight.
I’m going to get a screw extractor tomorrow and hopefully get them out & I’ll replace them with quality screws. Overall, though, I’m happy with the purchase. Here’s hoping this one lasts as long as the first one.
You’ll be able to quickly and accurately cut workpieces up to 4 in. x 6 in. (rectangle), 4-1/2 in. (round) using the band saw’s adjustable horizontal and vertical positions. Choose from 3 speeds to cut everything from brass and aluminum to rugged alloy and tool steels.
Includes a 1/2 in. x 0. 025 in. x 64-1/2 in. blade (14 TPI), plus a heavy-duty stand with two wheels.
As a sign of the times, the older HF model that this band saw is replacing, cost one half of today’s price. It’s still worth the purchase. With light use my old band saw lasted fifteen plus years. the first cut on a small rectangular solid stock bar was smooth and square.
Stock 14 tooth blade using light oil for the cut and at lowest speed. Things noted: 1: Parts package missing some bolts nuts and washers, both flat and lock. 2: Belt and pulley placement. Instruction manual shows motor pulley with smallest diameter at the top end and spindle with largest diameter at top.
Inside the pulley is a sticker for belt and speed setup with the pulleys backward from the manual. I suggest marking the motor and spindle pulleys on the sticker to avoid any confusion or flip the pulleys over to match the sticker if that helps :).
This saw works just fine. Be ready though, it is heavy! Much heavier than it appears but that’s a good thing in my opinion. This machine comes with a blade that works but plan on getting a better one.
They’re cheap, you should always have extras on hand anyway, and will last a lot longer than the supplied one. This saw cuts aluminum pipe and bar like butter, with a nice clean edge. Steel plate, same thing, again with a nice clean edge.
Great saw for the money and I’d absolutely buy it again! I would recommend any new purchaser to open the gearbox, drain it and remove the filings, then refill it. Probably wouldn’t hurt to file down the gear edges as that’ll extend the life of the machine by years.
It sounds like a lot of work but it’s not. The whole job only takes about 15 minutes.
The General International Power Products BS5202 4-Inch Metal Band Saw is ETL Certified and offers 2 speeds. 6-inch maximum square cut capacity bench top metal cutting band saw with two speeds. Band sawing produces uniform cutting action as a result of an evenly distributed tooth load.
Engineered for portability for cutting ferrous and nonferrous metals with speed, efficiency and durability. A solid cast iron vise opens to 4-1/8-inch. It features a pivoting head that rotates up to 45 degrees with scale for miter cuts for a blend of cutting capacity and versatility.
Rugged enough to stand up to tough conditions but light enough to go anywhere. General’s precision machined components provide moving parts that work smoothly for years. With a small footprint this saw can be used in some tight spaces with accurate cutting.
Since 1946, General has proudly produced innovative powered tools focused on value delivering meaningful features that will help you complete and enjoy the work as much as the project.
Been wanting one of these for Months, real glad I got it now. So easy to use and when not in use I can just place it some place out of my way. Only thing missing compared to the Large band saw is the automatic stop when cutting metal.
It was very easy for me to set this up with a small weight so I do not have to stay with the machine while I have it cutting for me. While cutting a Pc. of 2 inch thick X 4 inches wide Leaf spring takes a little while on low speed.
By me adding just a little weight and a zip tie on the trigger, I can turn it on and let it cut while I am doing other things at the same time. I`d buy this saw again. I have NO room for a bigger saw like this one.
This product is lightweight but fits on a benchtop. It includes a stop for cutting length (not mentioned in the description) so that was a pleasant surprise. Unlike a full size model it does not have auto feed, so you have to press the blade down by hand.
Nevertheless, it does what I need without consuming floor space.
this is a very good product for the money, and I have no complaints with the product, but there is a typo saying that the blade it uses is 52 1/2 in length when in reality it is 42 1/2 in length. Because of this, I made the mistake of buying a larger blade for titanium and am not able to return it, having to spend another 100 dollars.
all in all, the product is fine, but the description’s typo made me lose money and I am not happy about that.
The 15″ x 15″ offset cast iron table gives you more work area in front of the blade. Graphite impregnated polymer blade guides with roller bearing thrust guides provide quicker set-up and a cooler running blade.
This bandsaw features very little setup when you first get it home but will promise years of solid heavy duty use.
I got this band saw last August. The more I use it the better I like it. I have a small workshop and I have found it ideal for the smaller projects I have been doing. I especially like being able to round out blanks for small bowls before I mount them on the small lathe that I also purchased from Rockler.
I found following the directions for setting the blade correctly is essential so take the time to do it right from the beginning and you will be able to make the cuts you need without problem. Also, the instructions say that two people are needed to set up the saw.
They are serious. Don’t try to set it up by yourself. Having a third person as a spotter makes the set up process safer and more efficient.
NEW Tool-less Thumbscrew Bearing Locks – No tools needed to adjust guide bearings – NEW Longer Fence Rail – Heavy duty steel rail 29” long – Rugged welded steel column and frame – Balanced cast aluminum drive wheels – Resaw Capacity 13′′ – Dual blade speed ranges – 1445 / 2950 FPM – Machined cast iron table with miter gauge ‘T’ slots – Quick-release blade tension system – Rack and Pinion upper guide adjustments – Dependable 1.
50HP 60Hz motor 14” Bandsaw 10-324TG is RIKON’s most popular model due to its many professional features – including tool-less blade guides, a quick release blade tension lever, large adjustment handles, hinged safety blade guard with sight window, high work table height, and base stand with storage shelf.
Its dual voltage, 1-1/2HP motor provides ample power for most every work encountered. Pre-lubricated, sealed thrust and side ball bearing guides give smooth blade support during difficult cuts. Includes 6′′ tall rip fence with re-saw bar.
I had a Jet for years- but this Rikon is like the difference between a skateboard and a Porsche. does a great job resawing exotic and domestic woods,the tension release lever is a great plus,tool free blade guide setup makes changing blades easy.
altogether a good piece of engineering and a pleasure to use. Dust collection port is adequate, but way better than what I used for 19 years. Setting the lower wheel to track correctly can be a pain but it is do-able.
A few of the hand setting knobs and levers under the table could be improved but they are OK. I’m glad I got this bandsaw and hope to use it for many years.
The new Deep Cut Band Saws deliver 2X more durability best-in-class power at 11 Amps revolutionary cut visibility and the industrys largest cut capacity at 5″ by 5″. These Band Saws still deliver on the heritage of long-term reliability and performance that make Milwaukee Band Saws the standard in industrial metalworking but now feature a new exclusive Job Site Armor Technology and all metal direct drive system that provide game-changing durability.
The Job Site Armor Technology is made of a proprietary composite material and has crush zone barriers that provide long lasting rugged protection. The all metal direct drive gearing system delivers maximum tool life while requiring less servicing than a chain drive.
In addition a gear protecting clutch extends gear and motor life by absorbing high impact forces caused by blade lock-ups and a new debris protection system delivers longer pulley life by removing debris during use.
The new Band Saw’s slimmer motor housing increases user line of site delivering superior cut accuracy and revolutionary cut visibility while a new balanced body design allows tool to rest naturally and comfortably in the users hands.
At 14. 5 Lbs. this lighter weight design delivers more control over the tool and less fatigue at the conclusion of the work day. Another innovative feature is the tool-free locking adjustable shoe which is a button actuated tool-free design that allows the user to quickly adjust from an extended shoe to no shoe in seconds.
Cut pipes up to 4-1/2 inches in diameter or rectangular materials up to 4 x 6 inches in size. With three different operating speeds of 80, 120 and 200 feet per minute, achieve the perfect cut on a variety of sizes and materials.
This bandsaw includes a durable stand with a collapsible handle and two 4-inch never-flat wheels to keep your bandsaw elevated and easy to transport. The mitering vise provides a firm grasp on your workpiece, allowing the bandsaw to create angled cuts anywhere from 0 to 45 degrees.
Make 45-degree cuts up to 3-1/2 inches in diameter for circular material and 3-1/2 x 3-1/2 inches for square material. If horizontal cutting isn’t your style, simply lift the bandsaw head into the vertical position and attach the included table.
Ball bearing blade guides provide a long lifespan and reliable operation while the auto-shut off mechanism automatically stops the bandsaw once a cut has been completed. Onboard blade tension and tilt knobs make for easy adjustments and minor tweaks in-between jobs.
The WEN 4-inch by 6-inch Metal-Cutting Bandsaw also features a workpiece stop for uniform cuts, a pre-installed 64-1/2 inch x 1/2 inch blade, a 4. 6 amp motor, and a feed rate adjustment handle to make changes to the speed at which the saw lowers itself during horizontal cutting operations.
I had to replace some of the bolts supplied with better ones that didn’t break and it took about 3 hours to set the saw up so it was square. It cuts ok now after that. The blade guides fit in slots that are quite wobbly so when they are moved the machine will be out of square, I just leave them in the same place to avoid this.
Machining on this unit has been held to the minimum.
The saw works, but switch was broken when i got it, didnt find out til i got it put together. Customer service was fast, but was told that they couldnt send me a new switch, but could send me a completely new saw (due to the way wen does business.
), but customer service was impressive none the less. So take away from my story is this, check the switch and make sure the darn thing turns on BEFORE putting the stand together, cuz putting it together IS a pain in the butt if u dont have help.
It was so slow i could see the writing on blade while it was on highest setting!! Garbage !!! I tryed to cut a thin piece of aluminum and the blade stopped as soon as metal touched the blade. Lol. Dont buy this item.
Band Saw, Band Saw Type Vertical, Band Saw Operation Manual, Voltage 115/230V AC, Phase 1, Rectangular Cutting Capacity – Horizontal 14 1/8 in x 14 in, Throat Depth – Vertical 14 1/8 in, Round Cutting Capacity – Horizontal 14 in, SFPM Range 3,100, Miter Angle Range 5 Degrees Left to 45 Degrees Right, Number of Speed Settings 2, Material Application Wood, Blade Length 11 ft 1 in, Max.
Blade Width 1 in, Min. Blade Width 1/8 in, Cutting Capacity Square 14 in, Power Source Corded.
Suggest putting this on a mobile base as it weighs 572lbs! Get all the help you can unloading it. Comes crated very well. Once unpacked it takes awhile to set up and make all the adjustments before you can turn it on.
This is a good thing because you will be familiar with all the parts and how they work before you use the machine. Good instruction manual. Depending on the kind of work you will be doing you might want a different blade than the one it comes with.
3/4″ 6tpi. Have only used for a few days but am very happy with it so far.
Laguna 18 | CX Bandsaw | FOR METAL & WOOD – MBAND18CX110175 The 18|CX Bandsaw follows in the traditions of high-performance and reliability to be expected from a Laguna Tools Bandsaw. The 18|CX is built with a 1.
75HP, 110V motor and features variable speed control to cut through metals and wood with ease.
I watched all the video walkarounds of this saw on YouTube and figured the folks posting them were probably just disgruntled looking for replacements. It turns out that Laguna hasn’t actually heeded any of their feedback.
The tolerances on the fence and table are poor for an $1800 machine. The wheels are also problematic. If I were rating just the original tool that landed on my doorstep I’d give a 0. However, Acme was great to work with, and Laguna is willing to stand by their product.
The Rikon 10-Inch Bandsaw Model 10-305 offers all of the same quality features found in larger bandsaws. Includes 1/3HP motor, cast iron table and 4-5/8-Inch re-saw capacity. The 10-305 also includes a fence and micro adjustable guide post height.
A 2-1/2-Inch dust port keeps your work area clear of dust. Features: Motor Horsepower- 1/3 HP Amps- 4. 5 Volts- 110V. 60Hz Speed Range- 2,780 ft/min Cutting Capacity Height- 4-5/8″ Width- 9-5/8″ Blade Width- 1/8″- 1/2″ Length- 70-1/2″ Table Size- 13-3/4″ x 12-1/2″ Left Tilt- 0 degrees Right Tilt- 45 degrees Miter Gauge “T” Slot- (1) 3/8″ x 5/8″ Height to Floor- 39-7/8″ Dimensions: Overall Height- 33-1/4″ Width- 21″ Depth- 15-1/4″ Base Size- 9-3/8″ x 15-7/8″ Net Weight- 68 lbs.
The new deep cut band saws deliver 2X more durability, best-in-class power at 11 amp, revolutionary cut visibility and the industry’s largest cut capacity at 5 in. x 5 in. These band saws still deliver on the heritage of long-term reliability and performance that make Milwaukee band saws the standard in industrial metalworking, but now feature a new, exclusive job site armor technology and all metal direct drive system that provide game-changing durability.
The job site armor technology is made of a proprietary composite material and has crush zone barriers that provide long lasting rugged protection. The all metal direct drive gearing system delivers maximum tool life, while requiring less servicing than a chain drive.
in addition, a gear protecting clutch extends gear and motor life by absorbing high impact forces caused by blade lock-ups and a new debris protection system delivers longer pulley life by removing debris during use.
The new band saw’s slimmer motor housing increases user line of site delivering superior cut accuracy and revolutionary cut visibility, while a new balanced body design allows tool to rest naturally and comfortably in the users hands.
At 14. 5 Lbs. , this lighter weight design delivers more control over the tool and less fatigue at the conclusion of the work day. Another innovative feature is the tool-free locking adjustable shoe, which is a button actuated tool-free design that allows the user to quickly adjust from an extended shoe to no shoe in seconds.
High speed, balanced portability and an extra large 5 in. x 5 in. deep cut capacity make this portable band saw one of the most useful tools on any jobsite. With three wheel bearings for precision and accuracy this deep cut band saw zips through tubing, pipes, rebar, wood, metal and plastic.
The band saw cuts at no-load speeds between 420 SFPM and weighs a light 22. 50 lb. for easy handling.
I’ve been using my saw for 3 years and wondered how I managed to work without it for the previous 30. It’s hard to rate something that works, out of the box, without adjustments, tweaks, replacing parts, or otherwise messing with it.
We used to expect that from tools, but it is getting harder to find tools that behave the way we expect, especially in the inexpensive range. This one performs. It has not failed me. It has a suitable reach for the material that I cut.
As a portable, I can take it anywhere that the power cord reaches. I had a bit of trouble as the first blade wore out, getting the blade to stay on the rollers and guides, but I soon realized that this was due to the way I was guiding it through the material and that the blade was dulling to the point that I was forcing the saw to cut, rather than letting it glide through.
If the weight of the saw isn’t enough to keep it cutting and you have to push it, the blade needs sharpening or replacing. A dull blade cuts crooked and will force itself to curve and derail. I also added a 3rd-party table, to make it work as a bench saw, since my shop is too small to have a full-size bandsaw.
I really should have done this, years ago – except Bauer didn’t exist. Nice saw!.
Are you cutting steel with and angle grinder and cutoff wheel? Stop it! I can hardly believe I lived without one of these for so long. I was going to buy a more expensive one, Dewalt or Makita, but thought I’d try the Bauer first.
Pretty decent reviews here and YouTube. Maybe they are clumsy or just don’t work well. I did pick one up on sale, brought it home and cut cut cut. Far exceeded my expectations. What do I like: Nice case.
Lighter than I expected, but still feels well made. Most of all it cuts like crazy. Easy and straight. All your cut off wheel cuts are perfect right? I didn’t cut anything over 1/4″, but it seemed to breeze thru the bar stock, rounds and square tubing I fed it just fine.
45 deg angles, etc. And WITH a Bauer blade (not included with mine, so I bought a 2 pack of Bauer 18 TPI). People are bashing the Bauer blades saying just throw them away. Don’t do that. I have no idea how long this blade will last, but its already cut a lot of stuff and still going strong.
It is noisier than some I have heard, but a lot is going on there. I have noticed its a bit less noisy than when I first started using it. Maybe some stuff need to break in. What I don’t like: Geeeez can’t think of much.
At first I thought it was DOA. In case this happens to you hear this. I anxiously plugged it in and pulled the trigger. Nothing happened. Arrrgggggg. Fiddled a bit and it wouldn’t go. Just about to pack it up and return to HF and looked at manual which said “Variable Speed Deep Cut.
” Above the trigger is a little wheel. It was on lowest setting. I turned it up to max and the saw started right up. let the brushes settle in a little (new motor) and it was just fine when I turned it back down to lowest setting.
To nit pick a bit, the guide bar is excellent, adjustable and pretty heavy duty. But at the perfect distance extended out it won’t go back into the very nice case. True, you have to get out the little allen wrench, loosen the guide bar and retract it a little so the unit fits in the case and will shut.
This is one the engineers missed big time because it is a pain to do every time you use and put away the saw. On the other hand most of the case is very well designed and sturdy. Even a slot for spare blades and plenty of room for the power cord.
Nice case. The blade is a bit challenging to get on and off due to close clearances frame to blade. Just be PATIENT and it will go on and off ok. Not like ChuckE2009 review on YouTube. I really like ChuckE2009, but he did a horrible job on the Bauer Porta band review.
Early on you could tell he was surprised at how well it cut, but then he got hung up on removing the blade, ending up dismantling the saw to remove the blade. He is usually way smarter than that. I love the guy, but he really screwed this one up.
Are you gonna use one every day an a work/production environment? If so get one designed for full time use. I’m a few times a week. I could go thru 3 of these and still not spend what the Dewalt or Makita cost.
First thing I do with any HF power tool is disassemble it and check the lubrication. The blade wheels ride on bushings on what appears to be a hardened shafts. The instructions indicate the bushing material is copper, but they don’t look like yellow metal to me.
Oil impregnated bronze is probably the right choice, but I didn’t expect to find that here. The idler wheel in the front was a bit sticky so when I reinstalled the wheels I put some CV grease on the shafts.
This moly-fortified high pressure lubricant should work well here and it did free up the sticky idler. The rear blade wheel is the drive wheel and it is driven by a double row chain which appears to be unlubricated save for the oil used during the manufacturing process to prevent the steel from rusting.
I dipped it in 75w-90 gear oil I had nearby and let it drip off. You need the lubricant to get between the pins and rollers on the chain and an oil does that better than a grease. The gearbox is full of two different types of grease.
The worm gear had some sort of hazy white grease and the pinion and spur reduction off the motor had a TON of sticky petroleum based grease. Both seemed to lack any moly. I used the CV grease here as well after removing as much of the old grease as possible.
When I reassembled the tool, I used washers on all the socket head cap screws holding the plastic handle to the metal body of the saw. Overall the tool performs great with a red box brand 18 TPI blade I got from HD.
I used the saw to cut the steel for a new work bench base I made. I suspect with the amount of use it will see in my home shop it should last for a while, especially with the quality lubricants I added.
I used a coupon so it was less that $100. A great deal when you consider the price of the yellow or (other) red box brand tools. I don’t make money fabricating, so the premium price of the other tools doesn’t make sense for me.
I want to make a table for it so I can use it as a small horizontal band saw as well. That will make it easier to keep the cuts square especially through tube. I added the link to a YouTube video where a guy does just that, but I don’t want to completely remove the handle and portability.
It’s such a pleasure to use and clean up after this saw rather than an angle grinder cut off wheel.
Remember when power tools were actually powerful? Reminiscent of your Grandpas bandsaw, the WEN 10-Inch Two-Speed Band Saw is the perfect companion for any workshop. With a 3. 5-amp motor and a 9-3/4 inch throat, this beast will attack boards with cuts up to six inches deep and 9-3/4 inches wide.
Two-speed operation allows for speeds of either 1520 or 2620 FPM. The design of this saw uses 72-inch blades anywhere from 1/8 to 1/2 inches in size for a variety of both intricate and powerful cuts.
The spacious work table measures in at 14 x 12-1/2 inches in size and can be swiveled up to 45 degrees. This package includes a flexible work light to illuminate the worktable, a 3-in-1 dust port to fit a variety of dust extractor hoses (1-3/4, 2-3/4, 4 inches), a fence for creating straight cuts, and a miter gauge for angled cuts.
Ball-bearings give the blade smooth operation and a long lasting life for years of dependable service. The easy-to-assemble stand elevates the bandsaw without sacrificing space on the shops work bench.
Remember when you had a versatile and powerful woodworking saw? Remember WEN.
WEN 3966 band saw: My uncle owns a WEN Drill Press and he likes it. I researched the reviews for this saw and other brands before I bought. I didn’t read any bad reviews other than owners finding it hard to adjust blade tracing.
Not a problem for me I thought since I am very mechanically inclined. What I have experienced was after initial set up it preformed quit well, but then prematurely the guide bearings failed way too soon.
When I went to replace them you could not buy them from WEN, bummer. I did through difficult searching find replacements. I installed these bearings then after immediately lost the idler wheel bearings, again WEN dose not sell, using numbers off the race I found many sources.
The retainer “c” clip to the pulleys will not stay on because the shaft is not ground properly. This I can refine. Shamefully this is not an inexpensive tool but it is “cheaply made. I wish I would have paid 40% more and got a real brand.
I recommend you do not waste your money on this brand. Down time and repair costs are mounting up.
Of all the consumer-grade, or semi-pro grade 9″ to 10″ bandsaws available, this is easily the best. I tried half a dozen, returning all of them except this one. Their failures were mostly around build quality.
This model had the best overall quality. It wasn’t the sturdiest, nor had the best fit and finish, but it did have the fewest defects. Combine that with it’s breadth of features, and it stands above the rest.
It is not, however, without it’s faults. The motor is underpowered. The measurement markings on the fence guide are all but illegible. The bearings as adjustable as they should be. Also, the light does not stay put where you move it to.
I contacted the manufacturer about this. They admit it is a defect, and do not have a fix. They said it needs to be re-engineered. Since it has a 2-year warranty, I’ll be expecting a fix sometime in the future, and if one isn’t available, I suspect I’ll have to return it as a defective unit.
The WEN 3966 Band Saw is an overall good value. Set up and getting it up and running was relatively easy. One area of issue was that one of the upper bearing guides was jammed and would not rotate. For this particular band saw, it takes a little bit of time to get the bearing guide block out then had to remove the bearing.
I discovered that as it was assembled, the bearing guide had been pressed to far during manufacturing. After a removal, and reset of the bearing it now moves freely. The upper bearing guides are easy to access and adjust, but the lower bearing guide block is more difficult to access.
Despite adjusting the guides to the specs in the instructions, I found the blade wants to “wander” and for exact cuts, it can be off more than 1/32″ of an inch from the start of the cut to the finish.
I continue to adjust the guides, but I can see the blade torque slightly creating the offset. Perhaps a new blade may help. The attached light is helpful although I would like it on the other side of the work.
Having two speeds is important for the type of woodworking I am doing. Nice feature. My 4″ Dust collector hooked into the saw and works well to minimize dust. Overall, I do like the bandsaw. I will purchase a new blade and see if the “wandering” band blade is eliminated.
Space saving size, but feature rich, the RikonModel 10-3061 Deluxe 10″Bandsaw is just what you need in a benchtop bandsaw. The powerful 1/2 HP motor coupled with a 5″ high and 9-5/8″ wide cutting capacity allowsyou can cut nearly anything.
Two different blade speeds let you speed up or slow down the blade based on the material size and density. The model 10-3061 accepts blade widths from 1/8″ to 1/2″ allowing you to make intricate curves or simple straight cuts with ease.
The patented tool-less guide system makes adjusting the guides for different blades or work pieces a snap. Aneasy sliding rip fence system holds your piece steady through straight cuts on the left or right side of the blade in either a vertical or horizontal position.
The complete unit has a wide front guide rail with adjustable scale, sturdy cam-lock fence carrier with wide panel, and a 2-3/8″ tall x 12-1/4″ long aluminum fence extrusion. The fence carrier glides effortlessly along the front guide rail on four plastic guide screws that can be used to adjust the fence 90deg to the table.
I bought this bandsaw a while back, maybe 4 months ago, and have been giving it a work out. The fence lockdown has been a problem, but I found a work around. Other than that this saw is a work horse for its size.
I had custom blades made for it and just love the results. I have cut plywood, hardboard, pine, cherry, maple, hard maple, white oak and Brazilian cherry, Osage orange and ice. For the harder denser woods, moving the belt for more torque is the key.
Got some slight burning, but it sanded out, NP. I also have cut brass and aluminum with a bi-metal blade with outstanding results. I downsized my shop, so I sold my 17″ bandsaw and replaced it with this Rikon.
Was not expecting the quality. As far as the fence is concerned, I will have to see if I can mill a thousand off the inside face to allow the clamp to lock or just order an entire new fence. I called Acme tool about this, they sent me the new clamping head, but the problem is the fence track mounted to the table.
It is too wide. If I remove the two plastic pads in the clamp it will lock, but you have to put significant downward pressure on the fence end as you lock it down. The far end of the fence will try and lift over an inch if you don’t apply that pressure.
I think I will write a note to Rikon about this situation. Anyway, this is a great saw for the price and am glad I bought it.
I cannot say enough good things about this saw. The 10-3061 was a big downsize for me. This saw fills all my needs. I have done curves, ripping, and even non-ferrous metals. I have opted for custom hand forged band saw blades, they are far superior to off the shelf brands.
This saw has many great features. My favorite two are the 2 speeds and the quick tension release. Just these 2 features make it worth while. But there is none problem with this saw. that is the fence guide lock.
Originally, I thought I was doing something wrong, but it turned out to be the guide lock itself. The tolerances between the guide rail and the guide lock are extremely tight. With the two small plastic pads in the locking mechanism make it impossible to lock the guide.
I did call Acme Tool, customer service was very nice, were aware of the problem and sent me the new piece. However, that did not clear the problem. I finally pulled out the 2 pads and the fence works.
You just need to be careful that it doesn’t move when locking it down. Overall, I give this saw a 10, even with its fence problem. If you have a small shop, this saw is a great buy.
Milwaukee’s band saws are the choice of professionals. With high torque and powerful motor this band saw will maintain a steady, optimum blade speed. The excellent balance, high visibility and quick blade change system make this band saw easy to work with.
Using an all ball and roller bearing construction, and worm gear and chain drive mechanism this tool is built to last. A self-lubricating system is used for maximum wear resistance and long life. No oiling is needed.
So far, so good. It does what it’s supposed to do, and runs straight. It arrived with plenty of oily crud on it, so I’ll be taking it to the local Milwaukee repair facility for a once-over, but it should serve my purposes.
I just got a shiny new one to sit beside my beat to Hades old one. My buddies asked why I din=dn’t get the “new” NASKARR fancy one. Don’t fix what aint broke. The 2 speed is the oldest and the best. No “super” needed.
Band Saw, Band Saw Type Combination Horizontal/Vertical, Band Saw Operation Manual, Voltage 115/230V AC, Phase 1, Rectangular Cutting Capacity – Horizontal 2 in x 6 in, 5 in x 5 3/4 in, Throat Depth – Vertical 6 in, Round Cutting Capacity – Horizontal 5 in, SFPM Range 80 to 200, Miter Angle Range 45 Degrees , 90 Degrees , Number of Speed Settings 3, Material Application Metal, Blade Length 64 1/2 in, Max.
Blade Width 1/2 in, Cutting Capacity Square 5 in, Power Source Corded Age Group: adult.
This horizontal/vertical band saw has a built-in coolant system, a heat-treated high carbon steel blade, brass fittings and ball valves, a durable polypropylene tank, fully shielded guide bearings and a full complement of belt and blade guards for safety.
The metal cutting band saw includes a convenient roller cabinet for easy storage and an automatic shut off when your cut is complete for safer cutting.
This is a great bandsaw. I am pretty sure it made all the *factory car warranty* calls to stop. Got your attention? Good. Blade is somewhere between “Meh” and “nah”. Pick up an Olson hard backed blade, or even better, a bi-metal blade.
The included blade is fine for cutting pine, but not so good for anything harder than room temperature butter. Comparatively, this saw is light-years ahead of the smaller 4×6 bandsaw that HF sells. I pulled the item out of the “wood” and cardboard enclosure (the cardboard was stronger than the “wood”.
that somehow were strong enough to get this thing overseas but were not strong enough to survive being moved out of my truck bed), went through the normal assembly process where you look at the pictures in the manual and try to assemble based on that image (because the assembly instructions are awful, like 2020-levels of awful), plugged everything in, added some coolant, and with a twist of the hydraulic-downfeed-lever-thingy, this thing cuts very square, whereas the 4×6 model had just as much flex in the saw frame as the blade itself and would often cut 4 dimensional curves in everything it touched.
The cheap blade (obviously made from a scientifically balanced combination of old soup cans and poverty) while cutting square, howls like a dog and a cat stuck in a metal box, in a microwave, in a dryer.
On spin cycle. In a tornado. Wait, no, in a sharknado. All the bolts and nuts I inspected were of a consistently decent quality, most of them even had a consistent thread pitch and weren’t the usual low grade fasteners that strips threads if you subject them to any forces stronger than a light breeze.
I know it isn’t very likely, but the bolts, nuts, and screws on this machine may even be, dare I say it? STEEL. Like, actual metal. As in “attracted-to-a-magnet” steel. Shoot, even the machined surfaces were all nicely machined and ground flat and square, leading me to conclude that this machine was very likely a “Thursday” machine, mayyyyybe even a “Wednesday” machine which is obviously the highest quality one can expect from a factory where the workers must supply their own steel-toed sandals cut from old tires.
The quality was so high that I did not cut my hands on the rounded surfaces and beveled edges of this machine, unlike the HF lathe I had that had a bonus-surprise-gift of blasting sand in every crevice, including the gear oil reservoirs.
In summation, I give this sweatshop-factory-made piece of pig iron excellence a five-star rating. It is absolutely one of the nicest machine tools I have seen come from Harbor Freight. Typically, their power tools fall into one of the following categories: “marginally acceptable but still incredibly unsafe” “what do you mean it caught fire when you pulled it out of the box” “Uhhh, give that to the new guy to use.
Make sure you’re filming with your phone when he turns it on” but this bandsaw has been a welcome change of pace for me. Buy one and be of excited surprise bad instructions translate.
What do I say, I like Harbor Freight as my go to store when I want something. I bought this saw, not with a coupon, but I needed one ASAP so I had to pay full price, $1,100. Some models have handles and some don’t.
My saw had the handle, and was broken in transit to store. Before you buy, ask the clerk to look at the box to see if it has any damage, if it does, this is a sign of transit damage. Dont’ buy it. Well I got the 2 year extended warranty, $169.
00, if something breaks or I don’t like the color after 2 years, I can bring it back for a replacement. I like to keep what I got. Open the crate when its in your truck, cause if there is major damage, you can bring it back easly.
This weighs 350lbs. so your not going to return it like you can carry it in with one hand. When you get home, you NEED to align the blade and tighten ALL BOLTS, cause when at the factory, all bolts are Hand Tight, so do that.
The blade it comes with is good for wood only. I purchased on Amazon, I love Amazon, an IMachinest Blade 10-14 TPI for about $25. 00. This blade works good for all metals at the slowest speed. Make sure you fill the coolant 2 ” from the top cause the intake for the pump is, on mine, 3″ from the top.
I made a cart for it, along with a box with a duplex and 15″ of cord. All in alI, I would recomend this saw. Its cheaper than the other makers saws and for all we know, they are made in the same factory.
Bought saw in 2017 for a big hobby project where I used it all day for a week. Since then, cut metal once/twice weekly. Didn’t like the blade that was provided so I purchased 15tpi bi-metal blade on Amazon and am much happier with its performance.
Simple to use. Starting to have some trouble with the pump–needs a hammer tap to get it moving on occasion. I use Slugger as cutting solution. Overall, a great machine especially for the money. No regrets with the purchase 5 years later.
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