Rated 4.7 out of 5 by 26
Rated 5.0 out of 5.0 by Drivesolo OMG, where has this been all my life?!?
I've used smaller and (obvious now) cheaper port-a-bands before. This is my first time using one of this size and power. I feel like I've been introduced to a fabrication method that I completely missed. Prior to this tool I was cutting metal tubing and thin plate with a combination of different types of reciprocating and scroll saws. Ergonomics feel good in the hands. The little LED is real nice. It feels sturdy, like I could drop it from waist height and it would be alright. The cut capacity is more than I would even need. I use a Lenox 24 tpi bi-metal blade for most of my cutting which is limited to aluminum, mild steel and chromoly. The case is nice, but I realized that I probably didn't need it since I can just store the bandsaw as it and it takes up less space.
I also use the port-a-band table stand from Swag Off-road to have this double as a stationary vertical bandsaw, works awesome, precise, convenient, stores nicely.
August 9, 2016
Rated 5.0 out of 5.0 by GSW Great Saw
I have been doing metal work for years and using Chop saw, cutting torches, and cut off wheels to cut things, and now I kick myself for not purchasing this saw years ago. I done several large projects and no once powered up the chop saw, this deep cut saw took care of almost everything. Cuts fast and clean. The variable speed adjustment near the thumb is nice for quick changes in cutting speed. Blade changes are simple, and the cut depth works for most common metal stock, anything bigger is going to need a torch anyway. The only draw back is the weight, however to get the power and speed I can understand the need for the weight.
April 26, 2016
Rated 5.0 out of 5.0 by Brac44 Made a hard job very easy
Had to narrow a car trailer frame by 2", cuts had to made in the center of 5 cross beams thru 2x4 3/16 wall steel tubing. Made very striaght cuts and very little weld prep after. It did not seem to work the saw very hard. All 10 cuts took only 35 mins. Saved me a ton of time over useing plasma cutter and grinding
April 20, 2016
Rated 5.0 out of 5.0 by chris Better than expected
Cutting 60 year old black steel pipes - 2.5" diameter with 1/4" wall thickness. Practically destroyed a 4" cutoff wheel after 20 minutes per cut. This machine chews through it with ease - 30 seconds. Awesome tool
April 5, 2016
Rated 5.0 out of 5.0 by Farm Cuts like cutting butter!
Easy to use, Just purchased. Used it to make straight cuts in 2x2 inch 1/4 inch wall square tubing. Smooth easy to hold.
March 1, 2016
Rated 5.0 out of 5.0 by Eric Best portable Bandsaw available
I love this saw. I've been using the Milwaukee brand bandsaw ever since the first portable model was introduced into the construction market. Each version becomes more user friendly, now we just need to expand the cutting width to 8" for wider and larger materials.
October 20, 2015
Rated 5.0 out of 5.0 by FarmerW Approved For Farm Use
I used this saw to repair an implement on my farm. I needed to cut 2.25" solid bar (not tubing) in to several pieces. With the 14 TPI blade I was able to cut the bar 3 times before I needed to change blades. So in essence, this saw will cut through almost 7 inches of steel before you will need to change the blade. If I would have bought the 6 TPI blade as I wanted, I probably would have been able to cut all 8 pieces. The only thing negative I will say about this saw is that it is difficult to make a perfectly straight cut. Imagine a hacksaw with an electric motor on it. Other than that it did exactly what I needed it to do. Just go slow and let the saw do the work.
April 8, 2015
Rated 5.0 out of 5.0 by kdk3187 What took me so long...
Why I never got a portable bandsaw before now - I don't know. No matter what I throw at it in the metal shop, it cuts through easily, and cleanly. 1.5" stainless round bar, steel angle, tubing, plywood, etc., etc. The variable speed trigger switch and speed range dial were a huge selling point and glad I got a saw that has the feature. It does have a clutch-controlled soft start that takes some getting used to, but because of it you can easily start your cut with the blade on the material. The LED cutting light is a nice feature. Be advised, the kit with the case does NOT come with a blade, glad I had read that before though. Also, I bought the beautifully made SWAG Offroad vertical table for it and what a great addition.
April 9, 2015