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Discussion in '1973-1991 K5 Blazer | Truck | Suburban' started by MikeS, Apr 18, 2001.

  1. MikeS

    MikeS Registered Member

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    Now that my welding skills are coming along, I decided that it's time to actually make something. I want to make some rocksliders for my '72 and a utility trailer so I need to get a power saw to make clean, mitered cuts in some of the steel stock. I'm debating between an abrasive cut off saw or a vertical/horizontal band saw. Anybody have any opinions?
     
  2. Emmettology 101

    Emmettology 101 3/4 ton status

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    I have used both, either one makes nice cuts.... The abrasive saw actually makes a pretty clean cut.

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  3. HarryH3

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    A friend of mine has the bandsaw from Harbor Freight with the auto-cutoff switch. It's pretty neat in that you can set up the cut, start the saw and go do something else. When the cut is complete, the saw shuts itself off. The only drawback is that the bandsaw blades are not cheap and they don't last too long. They usually break before they wear out. [​IMG]

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  4. MikeS

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    Any preferences? If you were going to get just one, which do you think would be more all around useful?
     
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    The bandsaw is more useful. Look for one that will cut angles too. Blade breakage is usally caused by not breaking in the blade, as well as too much down speed. Our blades at work last well over a month each and the saw is going almost 18 hours a day...
    The first few cuts should be done with very little down speed to help the blade break in.
    The band saw cuts cleaner and quieter and will give you accurate 45's if needed. I'd recommend one that cuts 'wet' too. Coolant is a big help in blade life.

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    Hmmm... I was going ot elaborate on that, but didn't...

    I kind of like the Cut off saw better, but if you are doing more precision work, then the Band saw would be better....

    For bumper, rocksliders, tires carriers, and long material I like the Chop saw. For smaller, more intricate pieces, the band saw is better.

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    tRusty, sounds like your bandsaws are a bit more "industrial" than the Harbor Freight $179 special! [​IMG] There is no down speed control on them. The weight of swingarm provides the down pressure. [​IMG]

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    I just got back from Harbor freight where my neighbor (great neighbor with a nice shop!) bought a 93" band saw on sale for like $279 (reg $359?), they have a nice selection of cheap import stuff (usually good enough for casual home shop use if you don't push it).

    Also, if your planning on doing round tubing, you might want to get one of those fish-mouth tools. Some use a drill press with a hole saw type deal and others use a shear.

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