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Old 01-05-2018, 07:55 PM   #1 (permalink)
 
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Default Harbor Freight Hand Held Band Saw

I built this a while back it is a HF band saw that is mounted vertical, I made the tubing frame, milled the slot in the table and it works great, don't take up much room the only short side of the machine there are very loud but good side it don't take long to cut, the gear under the machine is out of a Briggs and Stratton engine, I used it for the lobe on the cam that is in line with the variable speed switch, just turn the great to the speed that you desire, then back clock wise and it shut off.
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Very NICE!
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Well, you know what they say, "Necessity is the mother of invention...!"

If it works well for you, is all it matters.

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Awesome!! I just don't have that kind of imagination - but I love what you did.
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This is exactly what I use--I've had it for years. I modded the base and table off an ancient 3 wheel band saw that I got at a lawn sale for $15.00. Was looking at these recently and they are a bit more expensive now--I think mine was around $65.00. The blade they come with is trash--with a good bi-metal blade it is perfect for cutting blanks, etc. Cuts anything like butter, including steel.

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I was going to build one for mine and then I saw this one for $120 and said I can't build one for that. They also make one for several other portable band saws. Including the HF model.
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I was going to build one for mine and then I saw this one for $120 and said I can't build one for that. They also make one for several other portable band saws. Including the HF model.
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That is nice! Where did you find it? My base is fine, but I've only got one screw holding my table to the little metal "V" notch that comes on the saw and it is not exactly square (square enough for cutting blanks, but I wish it were more accurate).
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I was going to build one for mine and then I saw this one for $120 and said I can't build one for that. They also make one for several other portable band saws. Including the HF model.
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That is nice! Where did you find it? My base is fine, but I've only got one screw holding my table to the little metal "V" notch that comes on the saw and it is not exactly square (square enough for cutting blanks, but I wish it were more accurate).
As Greg said above. From Swagoffroad.com. They are in Oregon.
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Thanks you all, I have two Milwaukie's but did not want to tie up for a project like this, did not want to mount and un-mount so this was hatched, have a real old Delta but takes up to much room in my small shop, I did change the blade out first thing, also took it complete apart cleaned the grime and greased the bearings, I had looked at those on line but that introduction price they show you don't get much if you start looking closely.
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