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Tabletop bandsaw advice
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Bkeepr    Posted 12-13-2004 at 07:06:45       [Reply]  [No Email]
Lady in my office asked me for advice on buying a tabletop bandsaw for her husband. He told her he wanted one.

She is concerned because it *must* be able to cut sheet metal or else it has no benefit. There's not enough room for him to have a standalone, so it must be table-top. She is looking at one by Sears and is going to look at Home Despot as well.

Any recommendations? Any warnings about what to stay away from?

Tom A

Bill WI    Posted 12-13-2004 at 09:17:34       [Reply]  [Send Email]
My advice is DON'T!!!! Like mud said for his purpose he'll be MUCH further ahead with a 2 speed or variable bandsaw and ear protection. Use the finest tooth available and slow speed for sheet metal. In practice on heavy metal you would use a blade where 3 teeth are cutting for the right type of blade, so you can see that's impracticle for sheet metal so the result is much noise and short blade life. The metal cutting bandsaws have much more speed reduction.

puldeau    Posted 12-13-2004 at 08:40:07       [Reply]  [Send Email]
Tom, gonna throw my 2 cents in here and only mean it in a positive way. I had a metal cutting band saw and was limited to sizes of metal i could cut. purchased a 'NIPPER", think thats what it is called, and can cut any thing a person would want to cut, gauge wise, no limits to length or width, one of the best sheet metal tools ya could buy, and for other sheetmetal cutting, just a good jig saw with a good metal cutting blade. both less expensive than a table saw and a lot more portable........wish her the best, robert, arkansas

Nibbler?    Posted 12-13-2004 at 12:25:07       [Reply]  [No Email]

mud    Posted 12-13-2004 at 08:13:05       [Reply]  [No Email]
this may sound odd to you but i would advise against it.

we use a bosch jig saw for nearly all the sheet metal cutting we do. last month i installed a stainless steel back splash behind a large commercial stove, and stainless steel side splashes on both sides of the stove. cut it all with the bosch. even cut the 8" exhaust duct hole.

as long as he supports the work well, he can cut sheet metal with very good results this way. even tight tolerences. we use a fence to guide the saw when we need to. most times not.

hope this helps-

JoeK    Posted 12-13-2004 at 07:52:23       [Reply]  [No Email]
Throat depth needs to be adequate for his planned tasks,and variable or adjustable speed is a "must" for different materials(wood,metal,plastics),also readily available blades of different pitch/type.

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