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    I watch "Forged in Fire" alot, and almost all of those bladesmiths, have a Portaband saw mounted in a framework that has a surface for cutting small stuff. I do a lot of bench work (although I'm slowing down) and I think it would be a benefit for what I do. Has anyone had experience on such a setup, that you could share?
    Last edited by Rocky D; 07-03-2018, 04:46 PM.
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    Arcin' and sparkin', Rocky D <><
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    • #3

      That setup in your picture is what I was going to suggest...

      Dale
      Last edited by Dale M.; 07-18-2018, 07:45 AM.
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      • #4
        About four years ago I had a project (paying) out of town that a portaband saw was going to be required. I bought a DeWalt mostly because it was on sale and there were some good reviews too. Since it's value for this job would be in the vertical mode I made a stand sort of copied from some photographs posted I don't remember where. Like I said this is for a DeWalt and works well for it. Not sure how it would do with other brands of saws. Do you already have a saw? I've seen photos stands for Milwaukee and HF that look pretty simple, again I don't remember where. I used scrap I had in my resource pile. A base from a vacuum pump, some flat bar stock and a piece of 1/8 in thk steel for the table. I bought a switched outlet from McMaster Carr. If you're I'll get some photos posted.

        John M

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        • #5
          Originally posted by ifida View Post
          If you're I'll get some photos posted.

          John M
          Sure, I love to see the pictures.
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          • #6
            Give me a few days as I have to 'recover' the pieces parts'

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            • #7
              The decent ones are sold by Swag Off Road. I think those particular items are USA made and even made in your area of the State (of disfunction)..
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              • #8
                The DeWalt plug in (115volt) is a topnotch saw. Our Milwaukees at work were used by the field crew, then given to the shop guys. The last one died, not sure how. I still use a beat up DeWalt that looks like it was also a field crew saw and have nothing bad to say about it. The guide wheel assembly is worn out and was when I started 2 years ago. I just use the saw for coping of weldable fittings when doing odd angles on railings, Sometimes making an odd shaped cap from , Buy an extra set of tires. Zoro tools sells tires, guide wheels (bearings), etc. if you need any parts down the from 1/4" plate. Sounds like you have power available so skip the rechargeables. The field guys have the rechargeables as they are handy if walking around a lot. A higher speed and lack of power is annoying, though. The field guys have a 14" gas chop saw in each truck for pipe..
                Last edited by gatemaker; 07-21-2018, 03:51 PM.
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                • #9
                  Rocky and friends,

                  Here is an option to make the Milwaukee Band Saw Base more useful. I had some parts to cut that were too small to be held with the chain vise, so I welded a bracket to hold a small "standard" vise in the chain vise of the band saw base. See the photo. These bases are great for helping make true 90-degree cuts, but allow no options for other angles and certainly no options for compound angles. It took a couple of iterations, but I got the angle of the bracket adjusted so that the top of the blade is parallel to the top of the vise. ~0le
                  "If a problem can't be solved, enlarge it." (The 34th president of the United States)

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                  • #10
                    What am I missing? Why are these better than setting up a full-size bandsaw? Is this cheaper? Is space a critical issue? Or does it actually cut small stuff better?

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