I'm looking for a small vertical metal bandsaw. The 4x6" cheapies won't
work for thick sheets (say 1/4" aluminum 12" x 12") and I already have
a saw to cut bar stock. The cheapest thing I can find is this:
It's $1200 on Amazon (shipping included). It's a lot less than the
cheapest Grizzly vertical metal saw (G8144 $2025 w. shipping) and I
don't plan on using it for wood. It seems like somebody should be
selling a 14" saw for metal that would be maybe a $100 more than the
wood saws, but I can't find anything like that. I want to cut up to
maybe 3/4" aluminum plates and maybe some steel. I have 2 questions:
Are there cheaper option for what I want?
Is this saw up to the task? (since wood/metal combo saws often are not
Not familiar with that saw, looks like a generic import to me. Did you look at
the Wilton w/m bandsaws? It's cheaper than yours at $999 free shipping:
(Amazon.com product link shortened)
I might be inclinded to give Palgren the extra $200. I bought a Wilton
Disc/belt sander for about $250 and though it works well, I was
dissappointed to later see a Delta model that looks exactly the same
for less than half the price. They both had plastic guards and I could
see almost no difference between Delta SA180 and Wilton Wilton 4002. My
bias now is that Wilton is overpriced, but Palmgren may be the same.
That is one way, but not the way I'd do it. Keeping the original motor
and pulleys, I'd use a jack shaft with two suitable sized pulleys and
two belts to get the speed reduced by a factor of ten. Then I'd get a
metal cutting blade, some coolant and cut. The modifications should
cost you less than $100 so you could have a brand new Wood/Metal
bandsaw for $100 more than the price of a wood cutting bandsaw.
| Not familiar with that saw, looks like a generic import to me. Did
you look at
| the Wilton w/m bandsaws? It's cheaper than yours at $999 free
| (Amazon.com product link shortened)
| lens wrote:
| > I'm looking for a small vertical metal bandsaw. The 4x6" cheapies
| > work for thick sheets (say 1/4" aluminum 12" x 12") and I already
| > a saw to cut bar stock. The cheapest thing I can find is this:
| > It's $1200 on Amazon (shipping included). It's a lot less than the
| > cheapest Grizzly vertical metal saw (G8144 $2025 w. shipping) and
| > don't plan on using it for wood. It seems like somebody should be
| > selling a 14" saw for metal that would be maybe a $100 more than
| > wood saws, but I can't find anything like that. I want to cut up
| > maybe 3/4" aluminum plates and maybe some steel. I have 2
| > Are there cheaper option for what I want?
| > Is this saw up to the task? (since wood/metal combo saws often are
| > well regarded)
The above mentioned palmgren is a generic import saw. I have one. I don't
like it much, light duty. It is sold in Canada under the Canwood label.
It is a slowed down wood saw. Not rigid enough to cut metal.
For $1200 you should be able to find a good used 16" DoAll
or Grob that'll cut anything you can lift onto the table.
Yeah, but they're heavy. I bought a licensed copy of a Grob 18"
wood/metalcutting bandsaw with blade welder for $600 AUD. Fast enough
for wood, low speed range suitable for stainless and inconel etc.
Guesstimated its weight at 300kg. Hah. Closer to 500, I reckon.
Now it's in the shop and on a castor base, I don't care about the
weight but getting it into the shop by myself, off of soft sloping
ground, was - err - interesting.
Agree about the utility versus one of the import saws 100%. It's a
great machine and once I master the blade welder I can pretty much be
independent of the local shops.
If aluminum is really all you want to cut, buy a wood cutting saw.
Aluminum is cut at wood cutting speeds, or close.
If you want to cut steel, though, you'll need a metal cutting saw. The
speeds for cutting steel are so much slower that it is not practical to
get there with step pulleys or a jackshaft or anything similar. You
need a gearbox. It is that gearbox that adds so much to the cost of a
metal cutting saw. And it is not simpy a case of slowing the blade
down - you need more torque at the wheel for steel cutting as well.
The higher torque is the reason the jackshaft belt drives often work
By whom are the wood/metal saws not well regarded? Industrial users,
maybe? No, they don't compare to a DoAll or a Marvel or a Grob. If
you need the capabilities of one of those, then buy one. But you
haven't said whether you're going to be spending several hours a day
with it, or an hour or so a month. Do you need coolant? Power feed?
I have a Delta 14" wood/metal cutting saw. It's handled everything
I've ever thrown at it, up to maybe 2" steel, 2" aluminum, 12" wood. I
wouldn't recommend it to someone who wanted to cut steel all day long,
I recently bought an old Delta. Cost less than 1/2 of a new wilton and
works much better than using my 4x6 cutoff saw in vertical mode.
I considered a used doall but the weight made it too much to handle.
Is the reason you say they won't work that they don't have the clearance
to cut your parts or you don't think they'll cope with 1/4".
I have cut 2" aluminium and 1" bronze on a cheapy 4x6 in vertical mode
and had no problems, used a coarse sharp blade.
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