Yep, many applications are just completed more effectively/efficiently by a
The Makita model looks like cutting a wide variety of stock would be almost
Bang-for-buck value, I believe the 4x6 vert/horz bandsaw is a great tool..
but there are limitations which require other tools. I got my 4x6 almost 10
years ago for $150 when Homier came to town. I did quite a few modifications
to it, but after all, they were metalworking.. so sayyourname-sayyourname
I don't like cheap offshore induction motors, so I put a used Dayton 1/3 HP
motor on it which was a $5 flea market purchase that I disassembled,
cleaned, inspected etc and it hasn't caused me any problems since.
I have a Panasonic cordless metal cutting circular saw (garage sale dirt
cheap bargain) which is spec'd at 5/8" max thickness in steel, although I
don't have any ship building or armored vehicle projects lined up yet, so no
actual performance review/opinion from cutting a lot of heavy steel plate.
These cordless metal saws' typical uses are construction/fabrication work
involving rebar, conduit, U-strut, light channel/angle/stud etc sawing,
which is much faster than using a reciprocating saw.
As suggested in the earlier reply, handheld saws' performance will vary due
to numerous variables such as the operator's habits and something to hold
the workpiece securely (which may be the same thing) when many users just
put the material on an upside-down 5G bucket and hold it with one foot.. not
a practical or particularly safe or effective practice when a really sharp,
high speed blade is in operation while the user is balancing on the other
With the material firmly secured to a workmate-type table, the user should
definitely benefit from much better results in improved performance,
Neither of the above tools would significantly benefit from a variable speed
motor controller for Bob's original question, but are just examples of
different saw types which perform much better than others for various tasks.
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