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xplodee

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Hey all-

I'd like to purchase a new horizontal band saw around the $750 mark. I have done some basic research but there are a lot of models out there and I figured I would ask to see if there are any models or brands that I should focus my research on.

I just want to buy the best quality machine I can buy for that price, I'm not as concerned about capacity. I rarely cut anything over about 2" so a machine that can do 6" or so would be a good margin for safety. I want to buy a new machine and recognize that given my price point that means an import. I'm fine with that. I do NOT want to restore an older machine or buy a used one, I just don't have time to shop around.

Any help would be appreciated!
 

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You can get the little red HF 4x6 band saw new for about $200 with a 20% discount coupon. Mine works just fine after a bit of tuning it up, and damned well with a good bi-metal blade added. It says 4x6, but I have cut a 6" round aluminum disc on it, so that is well over your 2", and the saw takes up little space in the shop compared to larger saws. I have been nothing but happy with it, and it has done well with everything I have thrown at it...
 

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Bob- Thank you for your reply.

I have one of those HF's at work and I wouldn't mind taking it home but I would rather pay $500-750 for the same kind of thing or marginally larger but with significantly better quality or features such as hydraulic feed etc. I don't have time to mod or tinker with tools and would rather just buy something "better" from the get-go.

I definitely agree that the capacity is perfect for what I need.
 

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Call Matt at Quality Machine Tools. He has a super deal on some 220v machines that I considered recently.
 

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Grizzly has one I have been thinking about buying.
5" x 6" with swivel head. The swivel head looks to be a good selling point at $ 615.00 $ 704 shipped.



 

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Watch for a deal on a like new/excellent bandsaw.

I bought my $2,000 Vectrax 7 x 12 vertical/horizontal, geared head (no pulleys/belts), metal cutting, mitering bandsaw off eBay, from Industry Recycles, for ~$1,000 (IIRC) in new condition, except it was missing the blade wheels and blade, which I was able to order cheaply from MSC.

 

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Looks like the Griz and the Bailey pointed out here are likely the same design and/or machine.

I have not had much luck with lower cost 1/2" bladed machines. My specific experience is with Jet.

I would also add that our luck with quality and customer service at Griz is abysmal.
 

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I have a Grizzly 0561 metal cutting bandsaw that has been in service for the last two years. I had a smaller saw that was difficult to keep blade alignment on as well as no coolant or hydraulic down feed. This saw has been great, it stays aligned and with bi-metal lenox blades cuts alloys with no problems. I must be lucky but I have had good service from Grizzly whenever I called them == Jack
 

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You guys are going to laugh but it looks like I'll be taking home the Harbor Freight from work and we're going to buy a Pat Mooney Phoenix. Go big or go home!
 

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That is good news. Bird in the hand vs. having to buy one out of the bush!
 

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I'd look at the bigger saw HF sells. Looks good has everything the higher priced ones it's around $800.00 with coupons can be near $675.00 . But your not looking now.
 

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UPDATE FYI
Grizzly just offered the
G9742 - 5" x 6" Metal-Cutting Bandsaw w/ Swivel Head
now for St Patty's Day for $545
 

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Some prior reviews on the G9742, but everything is to a price point so don't expect it to perform like a $2000 machine. http://www.hobby-machinist.com/threads/anyone-else-bought-a-g9742-bandsaw.38810/

One thing to consider is cutting on the bias or cutting flat stock, which would require a bigger machine. I prefer the gearbox as opposed to the belt drives, as they are less bulky and easier to change speeds. But you could get by with a single speed and a good variable pitch blade. Might look at the Baileigh BS-128M through QMT, I prefer the kill/operating switches on the top of the saw, but the Grizzly price at $545 is hard to beat. Hard to tell, but price difference is close. Capacity Rectangular 90, 45 5" x 6, 3" x 3.7"
 
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