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Tom Gullan03/01/2017 01:46:02
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Hello,

Although I'm rapidly running out of space in my workshop I would like to acquire a small metal cutting bandsaw. Can anyone suggest one? I cut steel, aluminium and brass.

Regards

Tom

Paul Lousick03/01/2017 06:52:16
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Hi Tom,

I have a bandsaw like this and have had no problems. It is light and can be picked up with one hand . Bought mine on *-bay for less than A$250 about 3 years ago. Lots of copies sold under different names. A similar one was posted recently and was called a Femi 782XL.

Use Bi-metal blades, they cost a bit more but last much longer and can cut 100x10mm thick flat steel in under 1 minute. Have also cut 90mm round steel bar with no problems.

Paul

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Brian H03/01/2017 07:26:30
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A lot depends on what you want it for; is it for cutting off bar stock or for cutting out shapes in metal or wood ?

JasonB03/01/2017 07:48:38
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Plus 1 for the Femi (Hemsaw in the US) will also cut sheet with the addition of an accesory table (could make one quite easily) as the boby goes vertical.

2" EN8 in just over 2 mins

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not done it yet03/01/2017 09:21:08
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Like Brian, above, I wonder what you are looking for. There are so many for bar stock cutting, so easily found by a simple internet search by anyone, that I think you must mean one for cutting sheet.

Here is one - only about half a square metre floor space, but quite expensive.

http://www.warco.co.uk/metal-bandsaws-metalworking-saws/57-vertical-metal-cutting-bandsaw.html

Ajohnw03/01/2017 09:58:45
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Looking around as this cropped up on another thread the only people who seem to be selling the original chinese cheap horizontal bandsaw is machinemart / clarke. It too can be used vertically. Axminster do it on a different base. This chester one is not that dissimilar

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This is the Clarke one.

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Warco etc seem to be cheapest for more recent cheap ones but these may have brushed motors. Hard to tell from photo's.

That's the correct name by the way but sellers seem to have forgotten that in places. Horizontal bandsaw. Personally I would buy based on max capacity. Things can be turned over to increase the depth.

As not done mentioned real metal cutting conventional bandsaws are rather expensive and a joy to use especially if they have blade welding equipment built in. Even these though aren't really intended for cutting thick stock. A typical woodworking one at the cheaper end might state 10mm aluminium with the correct blade. Something like a Dewalt. They could cut thicker with care.

John

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JasonB03/01/2017 10:16:13
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"A typical woodworking one at the cheaper end might state 10mm aluminium with the correct blade. Something like a Dewalt. They could cut thicker with care."

My old cheap Rexon woodworking bandsaw cuts 75mm aluminium with careless abandon with a dull wood cutting blade.

KWIL03/01/2017 10:24:52
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The motors clearly show the start and run capacitor housings. AC Induction as original CBS45 machines, just different colours!

Ajohnw03/01/2017 10:39:16
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Posted by JasonB on 03/01/2017 10:16:13:

"A typical woodworking one at the cheaper end might state 10mm aluminium with the correct blade. Something like a Dewalt. They could cut thicker with care."

My old cheap Rexon woodworking bandsaw cuts 75mm aluminium with careless abandon with a dull wood cutting blade.

laughI only said might state Jason. What people choose to do with them is up to them and I'm pretty sure some would need care.

John

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Ajohnw03/01/2017 10:59:57
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Maybe this is Jason's old Rexon.

From the days when it might have used steel guide supports etc. Lots don't. There used to be a made in B'ham brand about.Can't remember the name. One versions used a simple thick steel plate for the table. They were reckoned to be pretty good all round but used prices were pretty high.

John

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richardandtracy03/01/2017 11:13:18
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I have one of the Clarke CBS45 ones, and it's really very useful. It paid for itself on the job I bought it for, cutting a steel box section instead of buying 2 Catnic lintels for my house. The steel + paint + saw was less than the Catnic lintels, ever since it has been 'free'. Admittedly, it was half that price when I got it... The lintel I used it for was 100 x 100 x 6 box, and it took maybe 5 minutes. Since then it gets dragged out every now & again. The sheet metal vertical orientation table is dreadful: make a better one if you get one. Also I put the legs on the other way round when assembling it from the Machine Mart photo, that way when tilted the main weight is over the wheels not at the handle, and is much less effort to move.

Regards,

Richard.

Brian H03/01/2017 13:58:42
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For small work I bought a Proxxon bandsaw at the 2016 Midlands ME exhibition. It is variable speed and has so far cut loads of 1/16 brass, 1/8 brass, 1/16 steel, 3/32 steel and 1/8 steel, all with the supplied blade.

Spurry03/01/2017 14:16:51
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Not sure how accurate the tracking is on those upright bandsaws, but I have one of the little Femi ones. It has no trouble cutting off a slice 0.5mm thick.

Pete

Ajohnw03/01/2017 14:30:23
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There is more on the best way to cut stock thread on these things including some work done with a 6x41/2. The machine mart one is 3 speed. Think mine may be 2. That might be useful for harder materials. I've just cut aluminium and mild steel with mine other than a failure on quickly chilled cast iron pipe.

John

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steamdave03/01/2017 14:44:53
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Posted by Ajohnw on 03/01/2017 10:59:57:

Maybe this is Jason's old Rexon.

From the days when it might have used steel guide supports etc. Lots don't. There used to be a made in B'ham brand about.Can't remember the name. One versions used a simple thick steel plate for the table. They were reckoned to be pretty good all round but used prices were pretty high.

John

This looks like my cheapo Aldi/Lidl one. Can't get it to cut straight no matter what I do to adjust the various settings.

Dave
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mark smith 2003/01/2017 14:47:09
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I bought bought this off ebay when i was looking for a good solid small bandsaw ,But i found a much better (for my purposes) one later so this has sat in a corner. It has no table on it or tilting mechanism. The motor was totally wrecked.

Would this make a decent small metal cutting bandsaw. The whole thing is small but cast iron(even the wheel doors) . The guides are all there.

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bodge03/01/2017 16:06:05
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Hi Tom

I bought a Clarke / Machine-mart variant couple years back , works Ok,...Though i think the Warco one is better priced and has a bit bigger motor fitted to it,

One the worst aspects of the clarke is the belt tension adjustment is not as good as it could be ( have not got around to doing anything about it as yet, other than cutting a couple of hard wood wedges to apply pressure between the gear box & the motor casing ), ..the tension bolt is not really in the right / ideal place.... will do some thing about some when , needs a better motor carrier plate / frame making .

I did think the stand was a bit flimsy , so cut four bit of angle iron so as to make a frame to stand the stand in , then drilled two 6.5mm holes through the end pieces of angle and the tin ends of the stand, and secuerd it with 6 mm bolt each end, which firmed it all up, and put some better wheels on

As for the tin table supplied, i didnt even bother ! ..that was very first mod, made a small sub plate out a bit 6 x 4 x 3/8 inches ms then used 1/4 inch thick ally plate 11 x 12 inches bolted to the sub plate using 8 mm c/s allan screws

The one thing i would change , would be to fit braked casters to the corners of the angle iron frame , as its still a bit of a pig to move easily using just two wheels at the heavy end. though a trailer type jockey wheel might be an option !

I think the motors used on these m/c are just the standard type capacitor run type ,ie the capacitor is permanently in circuit , not the type that has c/f switch fitted internally so not cap start / cap run.

Beats the hell out hack sawing.....................b

Saw a bit on you tube where the chap was hard soldering blades, might be worth a look if any ones interested ........

 

Edited By bodge on 03/01/2017 16:24:22

Neil Wyatt03/01/2017 16:47:04
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Posted by Ajohnw on 03/01/2017 09:58:45:

Looking around as this cropped up on another thread the only people who seem to be selling the original chinese cheap horizontal bandsaw is machinemart / clarke. It too can be used vertically. Axminster do it on a different base. This chester one is not that dissimilar

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This is the Clarke one.

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The Chester one is rather more lightly built and is the type that is commonly featured in articles about various mods and improvements including ones by Mike Cox and 'Stub Mandrel'. I have one (not sure where I got it) and it's been one of my best 'bang for buck' purchases.

Neil

Ajohnw03/01/2017 17:35:08
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I'm pretty sure mine is powered by a 1400rpm cap start motor as I can hear the click. Low torque start so maybe no run capacitor.

It has proved to be an excellent purchase. Bought not long after they appeared from Grahame Engineering in West Brom.

Mods? I suppose I could investigate why it cuts a little out of square. laughPersonally I feel a lot of mods for all sorts of things like this are done 'cause some one has nothing to do / that's the hobby. Bit like me playing around with old lathes now and again.

Mine has the simple lever switch cut out. I lift it up and the saw knocks it off when finished. It's one of the switches with an elongated tear drop shaped metal lever. Nice and simple. No NVR to go wrong.

Tried looking for Mike Cox web pages. Not sure if I found the right one - big wheels, quieter ? etc frown.surprise Not sure if I trust Stubmandrel. I think he abuses small lathes and peers through telescopes.

One thing I should do to mine is paint over some of the rust.

John

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bodge03/01/2017 18:52:36
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Posted by Ajohnw on 03/01/2017 17:35:08:

I'm pretty sure mine is powered by a 1400rpm cap start motor as I can hear the click. Low torque start so maybe no run capacitor.

It has proved to be an excellent purchase. Bought not long after they appeared from Grahame Engineering in West Brom.

I think i might inclined to put that down to a sign of the times, things just aint done how they used to be !........i am pretty sure mine dont click, will try it over the next day or so with belt off ,and no load , see if it clicks or not, it would seem to be a much latter m/c as it is fitted with NVR, ...though it would be fair to say it does do what its supposed to do , and as you say an overall excellent purchase

Note for Neil............Warco market a smaller one as the CY 90 which i think is the same the small Chester , but Chester got the edge for price

Have got Mike Cox original article some where but may take a bit of finding, mods i made were pretty similar though .............b

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