View Full Version : 12' HF bandsaw???

02-02-2005, 04:03 PM
I have seen alot of talk about the larger horizontal/vertical band saw by Harbor Freight. Does anybody have any comments about the small 12" bandsaw?? I am really space limited and only do small stuff anyway. It would fit my needs if it is functional. Thought I would ask the opinion of experts. Thanks in advance for the suggestions. Best to all Fred

02-02-2005, 04:43 PM
what band saw are you refering to can you post a link?

Matt in AK

02-02-2005, 05:31 PM
Sorry, I should have thought of that.

Hope this works but it didn't change color like a link (?)
Thanks Fred

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02-02-2005, 05:43 PM
it might work ok but I think it is mainly for wood, the guide of friction blocks instead of berrings so I dont know how well they will hold up, also can you get good metal cutting blades in that size?

Matt in AK

02-02-2005, 05:55 PM

I have a H/V and it's one of those real good bang-for-buck deals. I'd be willing to bet that the 12" could be a POS. Metal would probably crap it out pretty quick if you could get it to run slow enough and get a metal blade. The H/V saw would be a better bet. I love mine and it really doesn't take up that much space. They often go on sale for around $150 so it's not that much more.

This one has a pretty good reputation.

Hoffman in Warner Robins Ga

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02-02-2005, 06:02 PM
Yeah I second that. Just bought one this weekend for $150. It's really not the bad and is fine for the stuff I use it for. I couldn't even make the thing for that price :-)


02-02-2005, 07:11 PM
Thanks for the advice! I will try to juggle things around and see if I can make it fit. Best to all Fred

02-02-2005, 08:09 PM
I used a similar one purchased for <$100 from a hardware/building supplier for about 7 years, to cut metal. It is under powered at low RPM with the speed control, but is sure beat a hacksaw. I have a Hor/vert import I use for bar stock etc., and the deeper throat depth increased my cutting capabilities. The motor bearing went bad and I scrapped it out before my last move. I replaced it recently with a HF unit similar to the one pictured, which should actually be better. It is still however in its box so I can't comment other then In general terms. (1) You need to get a good metal cutting blade, fine teeth. (2) you may have to rework the blade guides, and increase the blade tension. The first one had a plastic frame, and the blade tension was probably insufficient. (The thing did not like to cut straight, but I could cut to a line reasonably well.) It worked fine however for
for cutting aluminum, brass, circuit cards, etc.and didn't take up a lot of bench space.

02-02-2005, 11:32 PM
I purchased one of the small 12 inch bandsaws a few years ago. These saws use three small diameter wheels to tension and guide the blade. The small diameter of these wheels really flexes and puts a lot of stress on the weld of the saw blade. This saw has broken too many saw blade welds. I really don't use it any more. I'm planning to buy a larger horizontal / vertical band saw.

02-03-2005, 07:26 PM
I bought the portable harbor freight bandsaw cause I have NO room left in my garage. It was small, cheap and works great but you have to put your stuff in a vice.



02-03-2005, 07:49 PM
I dont know about that handheld but most do not have a blade guide on them making it very difficult to make a straight cut

Matt in AK

02-03-2005, 08:13 PM
cant you just get the one thats not portable but is still a 4 x 6, its practically the same size???

02-03-2005, 09:17 PM
Hey Matt, where in Alaska are you?

I grew up in kenai..

And you are very right, no guide but for my purposes, it works ok.. I was basically tired of using a hacksaw, this is a big step up for $59! I definately dont have room for a full blown bandsaw!

02-25-2005, 12:56 PM
mikeinsanmarcos....I just ordered one of them. Did you order extra blades from harborfreight? They advertise them as morse blades....

02-25-2005, 05:41 PM
If you are planning on getting a bandsaw, whether for wood or metal, I would have second thoughts about a three wheel. The two wheel machines are better by a long shot. Ask me how I know! http://bbs.homeshopmachinist.net//biggrin.gif http://bbs.homeshopmachinist.net//biggrin.gif http://bbs.homeshopmachinist.net//biggrin.gif