Adding a hinge to a harbor freight PORTABLE bandsaw?

What I am thinking of doing, in one form or another, is adding a hinge
to a harbor freight portable bandsaw, so that it becomes a little
better at making precise cuts. It could serve as a stationary bandsaw,
kind of. It would hinge around and could be lowered on stock to be
cut. Anyone tried anything like that?
i
Reply to
Ignoramus29795
Loading thread data ...
I had a Milwaukee portable band saw with stand once, much like this one except mine wasn't deep throat:
formatting link
It worked, pretty well, for cutoff, but even though this was a factory stand and made really well of nice cast iron, I didn't like it much and as soon as I got my first 4x6 saw I sold it. A 4x6" bandsaw is a *lot* better saw than a portaband on a stand.
As far as making one, I suggest you skip it and just get a 4x6 saw. I bet they have those regularly on the Chicago craigslist, used, for $75 or less.
GWE
Reply to
Grant Erwin
I would definitely buy something like a 4x6 saw, or better, BUT unfortunately, I do not have space for one. Hence my question.
I would really like to own a nice bigger bandsaw, but it is not in my realm of possibilities.
i
Reply to
Ignoramus29795
The Portaband hinged stand, as I recall, includes a chain-type Vise-grip clamp for holding the work. This is especially good for cutting bundles of tubing.
Reply to
Leo Lichtman
Check this out. I am thinking of getting one for myself.
formatting link
...Mike
Reply to
Mike DeAngelis
I've got one (Lathemaster) in a home/hobby shop and I like it alot. It's a new tool and I've only used it on some 4' x 4' wood and some 1/2 inch alum. For $229.00 plus some bi-metal blades makes this saw is a good buy for the home machinist/hobbist.
Here's a link to a model I believe the Lathemaster was copied after:
formatting link
Enco and others have portable bandsaw accessories, which include add-on bases.
Jack
Mike DeAngelis wrote:
Reply to
Taunt
This has been discussed before - check Google Groups.
I made one that works very well - see "Porta Stand" in the dropbox. Space is a big issue for me also, my saw & stand hangs on the wall when not in use.
That said, when a neighbor offered me a free 4x6, I found room for it. I put it in the storage room, with the stock. It's bigger, better, and always ready to use.
Bob
Reply to
Bob Engelhardt
I built a miter stand for one of the Porter Cable PortaBand saws. I work a lot of square tubing and got sick of the chop saw. Pictures are in the retired 2004 area of the Dropbox under pmiter1..4 and description. Having used it for a couple of years now, I am really happy with it.
Good Luck, Bob
Reply to
MetalHead

PolyTech Forum website is not affiliated with any of the manufacturers or service providers discussed here. All logos and trade names are the property of their respective owners.