What about this type of bandsaw?

Just spent two days in the shop working on a project that required extensive angle cuts to make multiple pieces at all different kinds of finished
lengths. Started out with 10' long stock, and all cuts were angle cuts 45 degrees and others. I used my 4x6 harbor freight special for these cuts and it was quite the cluster... Spent more time in the set-up / tear down / set-up cycle than actually cutting it seems like. Making various angle cuts required moving all kinds of stuff in the shop to provided enough clearance for the stock when mounted in the saw, as it was sticking out at various angles. Of course you also have to pull the saw out away from the wall for more clearance.
Then there is the mucking around with vice angle each time, having to prop the saw stand up on 2x4's because all my standard work supports are taller than the saw bed etc.
Yeah, I know, the saw: only cost ~$200 has 101 mods available to make it better. has a large user base with info on the net. yes, I'm using a good blade. is a good value... etc, etc, etc. However, I need to be working on my projects, not on the bandsaw itself.
The really cool thing is I'm off to the steel supplier this morning to get three 20' sticks of material, all of which will be cut up at angles for this project... fun stuff.
Then the 2006 Grizzly catalog arrived in the mail... and I see this: http://www.grizzly.com/products/item.aspx?itemnumber=G9742 specs: Max. capacity rectangular @ 0 degrees: 5" x 6" Max. capacity circular @ 0 degrees: 5" Max. capacity rectangular @ 45 degrees: 3-5/8" x 3" Max. capacity circular @ 45 degrees: 3-5/8" Max. capacity rectangular @ +60 degrees: 2-3/16" x 2-3/16" Max. capacity circular @ +60 degrees: 2-3/16" Blade speeds: 80, 120, 200 FPM Blade size: 64-1/2" x 1/2" Motor: 1/3 HP, 110V/220V, 60Hz, 1720 RPM Amps: 7/3.5 Drive: V-belt Transmission: sealed worm gear Overall height: horizontal 42-1/2"; vertical 54-3/4" Height floor-to-table: 28-1/2" Overall width: 15-3/16" Overall length: 38-5/8" Overall bed: 19-1/4" x 13-1/2" x 3" Foot print: 27-3/4" x 17" Angular cuts: -45 degrees to +60 degrees Blade size: 1/2" x .025" x 64-1/2" All ball bearing drive wheel and blade guides Shipping weight approx.: 176 lbs. $450
What a concept eh? Pivot the saw head about the material, vs pivot the material about the stationary saw... Under perfect shop conditions a person would leave the saw against the wall and have the material racks along the same wall for feeding to the saw with minimal material handling. In my case I store my material vertically and would still need to pull the saw away from the wall a bit. But at least with this thing I would not have to be flipping the material around and clearing a 15' circle around the saw to get the job done.
What am I missing here, besides being a bit more expensive than the 4x6? There must be some catch that I'm overlooking. Why are these not more popular? It seems like for a crowded home shop situation this would be a beneficial bandsaw design? Maybe the pivot does not hold fast resulting in inaccurate cuts?
It looks to me like this saw uses basically the same head unit as the 4x6 saw. http://www.grizzly.com/products/item.aspx?itemnumber=G1010 specs: Capacity: 4-1/2" round, 4" x 6" rectangular Blade speeds: 80, 120, 220 FPM Blade size: 64-1/2" x 1/2" Motor 1/2 H.P., 110/220V , 60Hz, 1720 RPM Amps: 9/4.5 Drive: V-belt Transmission: sealed worm gear Overall height: horiz. 38"; vert. 55" Height floor-to-table: 32-1/2" Overall width: 15" Overall length: 38" Overall bed: 26" x 9-1/4" x 3-1/8" Floor space: 18-1/8" x 41-1/4" Angular cuts: 90 Degrees to 45 Degrees All ball bearing drive wheel and blade guides Shipping weight approx. 115 lbs. $250
Wayne
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My take on this is that the reason they aren't more prevalent is that they have only fairly recently come on the market at sub-$500 pricing. I don't know if they work well. I wish I had one to experiment with, but I'd never buy a new one.
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Actually, Homier was selling thier version for $199 at their shows. One heck of a great deal if you are near a show. Their item number on the website is 03111.

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wrace wrote:

Alternative: put already-in-shop saw on an improvised lockable turntable-like thing? Did that with my pedestal grinder to solve an elbow-bumping problem.
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I want to say that HSM or MW had an article on building a replacement base for these saws that included both the swivel feature and a lowering/ elevating table, but darned if I can find the reference right now. Oh, wait a minute, this might be it:
"A Modified Base for a Band Saw", by Jim McKee, HSM 2001 Jul-Aug p.64
but I'm at work right now and can't double check.
HTH, --Glenn Lyford
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Anyone have a copy of that article? Its listed on their website but no further information is available. -Mike
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How about this one....Paul
http://www.homemetalshopclub.org/projects/sawstand/sawstand.html
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That's a very nice stand, but the OP was looking for something that would pivot the top saw frame rather than the vise jaws, so that the stock would always point in one direction, rather than all over the shop. I still say that I've seen a writeup on one recently, like in the last year or two, but still haven't located it yet... --Glenn Lyford
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wrace wrote:

So build a turntable with pinlocks to set the saw on . When set square , it can be rolled back against the wall . Your suppoert can be static , the vise can be rotated as needed . Realistically , you should only need a bit over 90* rotation ...
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It's 1/3 HP, so it's got a smaller motor that other saws in that size range. When you pivot the saw head for cutting different angles, the center of gravity will change, so I wouldn't expect it to cut as straight as a more conventional design.
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