Announcement

Collapse
No announcement yet.

More on saws...

Collapse
X
 
  • Filter
  • Time
  • Show
Clear All
new posts

  • More on saws...

    Well here I go again. I just came in from the shop and I have had enough. I need to buy a new saw I'm tired of my Ridged chop saw. I have a bunch of 2"x2" cold rolled to cut and this thing is just not doin' it. I am going to order either a carbide tipped chop saw or a band saw. I'm leaning torward the band saw. I went to my local machine shop and used their carbide tipped chop saw it is light years ahead of my Ridged but I still like the band saw. This brings me to you guys. I look at this forum everyday and have alot of respect for the information that gets past on the forum. So what do you guys think? Like I said I'm leaning torward the band saw but would like any input maybe I've overlooked something. I would like to stay around $1500.00 or less. If anyone has any web sites that I should look at please pass them along.
    Randy
    5 Passport Pluses
    2 MM 212's
    MM 210
    MM 251 MIA
    MM 350 P w/Python
    Syncrowave 250
    w/ tig runner
    Trailblazer 302
    12RC w/meters
    Spectrum 1000
    Spectrum 2050
    2 Black BWEs
    Joker BWE
    Star & stripe BWE Digital
    2 star & stripe xlix's

    REAL TRUCKS RATTLE
    CUMMINS BABY

  • #2
    the Hobart forum has a lot of info on saws. did you check that out ?
    if i had the room i would have a band saw.

    Comment


    • #3
      I bought a nice ENCO 7 X 12" horizontal/ vertical for about $700. including shipping back in January. It has quick ajust work clamp, ajustable hydralic feed, Coolant pump and tray, 4 speeds, casters, Table to use as band saw. Also uses common 93" blades. I'm very happy with it, good quality, and I haven't even used the coolant yet.

      Comment


      • #4
        this will open up some contrversy but here it goes. Check with some local auction houses my shop picked an old marvel vertical with tip and feed for 500, this was the best investment we made, also got a johnson horizontal for 200, both arre used and show it but they both cut well and do the job they need to do. Try a google search machine auction sales, some examples are - dovebid, aaronposnikauctioneers. The only downfall is that most auctions are during the weekday.
        Trailblazer 302g
        coolmate4
        hf-251d-1
        super s-32p
        you can never know enough

        Comment


        • #5
          I have a Jet 7x 12 band saw. I've had the saw for almost five years and
          its worked great
          Attached Files

          Comment


          • #6
            Thanks for the replies! I was looking at the Enco 7x12 some I'm happy to see that Timw has one. How do you like the clamp and does it do a good job cutting 45s? I was also looking at the jet. Is one better than the other???
            5 Passport Pluses
            2 MM 212's
            MM 210
            MM 251 MIA
            MM 350 P w/Python
            Syncrowave 250
            w/ tig runner
            Trailblazer 302
            12RC w/meters
            Spectrum 1000
            Spectrum 2050
            2 Black BWEs
            Joker BWE
            Star & stripe BWE Digital
            2 star & stripe xlix's

            REAL TRUCKS RATTLE
            CUMMINS BABY

            Comment


            • #7
              Randy if you have $1500 to spend I would seriously look at used industrial band saws. I just picked up a Kalamazoo with the capacity to cut 12.5" rounds and the vice will accept a 20" long plate for $500CDN. I figure there is about 50 years of life left in her. Think Industrial quality if you can afford it. Good luck and let us know what you buy. Scott

              Comment


              • #8
                Bulldog,

                I've got the little JET 4X6 and I like it fine. Does nice mitre cuts. Vise could be a little better, but other than that, no complaints.

                If I had the bucks, I'd look at Wilton, Ellis, FMB/Phoenix, Grizzly, etc. They are all good machines.

                Hank
                ...from the Gadget Garage
                Millermatic 210 w/3035, BWE
                Handler 210 w/DP3035
                TA185TSW
                Victor O/A "J" series, SuperRange

                Comment


                • #9
                  Thanks for all the replies! Lots of good info.
                  5 Passport Pluses
                  2 MM 212's
                  MM 210
                  MM 251 MIA
                  MM 350 P w/Python
                  Syncrowave 250
                  w/ tig runner
                  Trailblazer 302
                  12RC w/meters
                  Spectrum 1000
                  Spectrum 2050
                  2 Black BWEs
                  Joker BWE
                  Star & stripe BWE Digital
                  2 star & stripe xlix's

                  REAL TRUCKS RATTLE
                  CUMMINS BABY

                  Comment


                  • #10
                    Hi guys, I ordered a band saw from Enco today. It's a TURN-PRO 7x12 model 137-3190. I should have it early next week. I'll report back once I've given it a good workout...
                    Randy
                    5 Passport Pluses
                    2 MM 212's
                    MM 210
                    MM 251 MIA
                    MM 350 P w/Python
                    Syncrowave 250
                    w/ tig runner
                    Trailblazer 302
                    12RC w/meters
                    Spectrum 1000
                    Spectrum 2050
                    2 Black BWEs
                    Joker BWE
                    Star & stripe BWE Digital
                    2 star & stripe xlix's

                    REAL TRUCKS RATTLE
                    CUMMINS BABY

                    Comment


                    • #11
                      That's the same model that I have. I have been very happy with it. I really like the quick ajust work clamp, you turn the handle backwards about 1 turn and then you can slide the plate forward or backwards, push it up to the work and turn forward and it tightens up.
                      I did improve mine a little, I took the table and welded a piece of square tubing to the bottom and made a bracket and mounted it to the saw. Now I can just drop the table in place for quick conversion. The way it came you have to take 2 screws out to attach the table. I need to take some pics for you, it works great. I haven't put coolant in it yet because the last time I used saws with coolant it would go bad after a while and STINK. Don't know if there is anything now that dosen't do that.
                      I've had a 4 X 6" for about 15 years and I decided to upgrade last Jan. It was worth the money.

                      Comment


                      • #12
                        Tim,
                        Thanks for your reply! I'm happy you like yours. What blade do you use? I ordered a couple carbon steel and a bi-metal. Also how true does it cut? straight and miter. Does the clamp hold well? Thanks for all the replies! This site is a great resource!
                        Randy
                        5 Passport Pluses
                        2 MM 212's
                        MM 210
                        MM 251 MIA
                        MM 350 P w/Python
                        Syncrowave 250
                        w/ tig runner
                        Trailblazer 302
                        12RC w/meters
                        Spectrum 1000
                        Spectrum 2050
                        2 Black BWEs
                        Joker BWE
                        Star & stripe BWE Digital
                        2 star & stripe xlix's

                        REAL TRUCKS RATTLE
                        CUMMINS BABY

                        Comment


                        • #13
                          I use the 14 tpi blades in the Bi metal. I'm only on my second blade, I ate the first one trying to cut a grade 8 bolt. Mine cuts square, I try to set the feed slow, that will make the cut straighter and the blades last.
                          Here is the pic of my modification on the table. I used a piece of 1 1/2" angle for the mount and 1 1/4" for the tubing.
                          Attached Files

                          Comment


                          • #14
                            Thanks Tim,
                            Great job on the table mod. I'm looking forward to using the saw.
                            5 Passport Pluses
                            2 MM 212's
                            MM 210
                            MM 251 MIA
                            MM 350 P w/Python
                            Syncrowave 250
                            w/ tig runner
                            Trailblazer 302
                            12RC w/meters
                            Spectrum 1000
                            Spectrum 2050
                            2 Black BWEs
                            Joker BWE
                            Star & stripe BWE Digital
                            2 star & stripe xlix's

                            REAL TRUCKS RATTLE
                            CUMMINS BABY

                            Comment


                            • #15
                              Well guys, The 7x12 Turn Pro 137 - 3190 came in this Monday. It's built like a brick s### house! At first glance it's really constucted very well. The whole saw bow is cast. The table is cast. Very rugged. Even the blade wheels are cast. The first thing that I cut was a 2"x2" piece of angle 1/4" thick. I cut it with ease. I then mixed up some Lenox Band-Ade sawing fluid and fill the coolant tank. I ran the saw for a while to let the cutting fluid mix real good. Then I cut into some cold rolled. It cut 2"x2" solid bar with ease. This is the same steel that I had so much trouble with. My wife was very impressed with it. (She's the one that has to run down into the basement to reset the breaker every time it trips.) Then I cut some 5"x1/2" cold rolled. First I cut it top to bottom threw the 1/2" section then I checked for squareness. It was almost perfect easily within a 64th. Then I cut it the wrong way. I laid it down and cut it threw the 5" section. It zipped right threw it with no trouble. I checked it for squareness again it was nearly perfect less then a 64th out. I'm very impressed with this little saw and would recommend it to anyone that wants to upgrade from a chop saw or who just needs a good saw.
                              Randy
                              5 Passport Pluses
                              2 MM 212's
                              MM 210
                              MM 251 MIA
                              MM 350 P w/Python
                              Syncrowave 250
                              w/ tig runner
                              Trailblazer 302
                              12RC w/meters
                              Spectrum 1000
                              Spectrum 2050
                              2 Black BWEs
                              Joker BWE
                              Star & stripe BWE Digital
                              2 star & stripe xlix's

                              REAL TRUCKS RATTLE
                              CUMMINS BABY

                              Comment

                              Working...
                              X