Making a port-a-band, a vertical band saw..

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jwmorris

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This is the 4th one I’ve put together and they are all slightly different but are based on some 1/4” tank feet that cracked on the edges when bent, used for the table. A ziptie holds the trigger down and I use a foot ”on/off” switch on them in most cases, clamped to the table on the right on this one, so I can sweep under the table without having to get stuff off the floor.

They are great little saws due to low blade speed, they last a very long time and are pretty cheap, being offset you can cut any length but are limited on dept, for some projects.

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The first one I did I drilled and tapped the plate and used shims and cold rolled guides. This last one I just milled a hunk of metal I found on the ground And cut it in two, then welded it to the plate, the shrinking weld on the outside gives clearance.

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You do have to make another fence, I generally use 1/4” plate.

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The screw at the bottom is to lock it to the plate, like this one.

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This one is ready for the farm.

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Vertical bandsaw to port-a-band with one fastener.
 
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For those of us who are not so industrious


I saw this a few months ago. Wondered if it would be more handy than the typical 4x6 floor bandsaw?
 
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That’s a horizontal saw like this one.

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Not a vertical one.

Once you get one of the horizontal ones cutting right, you don’t want to mess with them again, so they become dedicated.

Then again, if you’re not building stuff, you don’t need much, I guess…
 
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The description at HF along with their video says it also does vertical. I have no idea how accurate it is.
 
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For those of us who are not so industrious


I saw this a few months ago. Wondered if it would be more handy than the typical 4x6 floor bandsaw?
I sure hope that one is built better than their similar mount that held an angle grinder, to use as a cutoff saw.

Everything had so much flex that you couldn't clamp work securely, or keep the blade vertical as the saw worked harder.

I abandoned using it.
 
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This is the 4th one I’ve put together and they are all slightly different but are based on some 1/4” tank feet that cracked on the edges when bent, used for the table. A ziptie holds the trigger down and I use a foot ”on/off” switch on them in most cases, clamped to the table on the right on this one, so I can sweep under the table without having to get stuff off the floor.

They are great little saws due to low blade speed, they last a very long time and are pretty cheap, being offset you can cut any length but are limited on dept, for some projects.

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The first one I did I drilled and tapped the plate and used shims and cold rolled guides. This last one I just milled a hunk of metal I found on the ground And cut it in two, then welded it to the plate, the shrinking weld on the outside gives clearance.

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You do have to make another fence, I generally use 1/4” plate.

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The screw at the bottom is to lock it to the plate, like this one.

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This one is ready for the farm.

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Vertical bandsaw to port-a-band with one fastener.


Cobbled one together when HF had a sale and made part of the base out of wood so I can set it up on the Rage 3s portable miter saw stand set up so longer pieces of steel can be supported when cutting.

I still have to remove the HF portaband to use the supports for long pieces with the Rage 3 since the portaband has to have the clearance under the table.

Used it today to cut an old track bar into a shorter piece to make a spark plug arbor.

It is Amazing how much use the little porta bands get. Very handy for sure!
 

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I haven't used a portable band saw to even know how well they work with or without a stand.
 
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I guess that's why I bought evolution.
 
 
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