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What is your primary metal cutting tool?

Discussion in 'Milling, Drilling, & Cutting' started by dancom, May 28, 2014.

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What is your primary metal cutting tool?

  1. Stationary Band Saw

    29.6%
  2. Portable Band Saw

    14.8%
  3. Disc Grinder

    37.0%
  4. Cutting Torch

    3.7%
  5. Hack Saw

    29.6%
  6. Waterjet

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    0.0%
  7. Laser

    0 vote(s)
    0.0%
  8. Hardy

    0 vote(s)
    0.0%
  9. That guy from X-Men with the cool glasses (AKA I don't have a saw.)

    0 vote(s)
    0.0%
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  1. dancom

    dancom Dust Maker Best Shop Tool

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    Was wondering what everyone uses for cutting steel.
    Also, was wondering how this poll thingy works.

    Dan
     
  2. dancom

    dancom Dust Maker Best Shop Tool

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    Sorry I missed a few. I should have set "Other" as a option. :confused:
     
  3. donnymac250

    donnymac250 Member

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    i bought a milwaukee deep cut potable band saw . and made a stand for it . works great .and takes up next to no room , and has variable speed .
     
  4. dancom

    dancom Dust Maker Best Shop Tool

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    Don,

    That's what I was hoping to do. I see the Milwaukee ones used are a pretty good price too.

    Dan
     
  5. donnymac250

    donnymac250 Member

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    i got the with the 11 amp motor . costed around $300 . there is a cheaper one with less amps . i can cut up to 5 " in length .so at times i will use my hand grinder then the band saw , but it cuts awesome .
     
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  6. Grayzer86

    Grayzer86 Active Member

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    I have and use a hack saw because I am too cheap to buy a band saw so far and I am not really a fan of angle grinders, for anything.
     
  7. Mythtaken

    Mythtaken Staff Member CKM Staff

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    I always want a bandsaw when I start a new knife project. Then once all the hacksaw work is done, I decide I don't really need it.
     
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  8. dancom

    dancom Dust Maker Best Shop Tool

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    I'd like a band saw to rip some steel. Cross cutting is only a bit of elbow grease with a hacksaw. I was wondering about buying a 6" x 36" chunk of stainless and figuring out how to make that into 1.5" strips. My arms got sore thinking about it! :)
     
  9. Jim T

    Jim T Active Member

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    I picked bought a metal cutting band saw several years ago. I got a cheapo one because that was all I could afford at the time. The band saw blade jumps off the wheels if I push the steel through too quickly, but it's still a lot faster than using a hacksaw. I'll eventually look at upgrading to a more heavy duty band saw.

    Jim T
     
  10. Rob W

    Rob W Active Member

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    You must have arms like Popeyes !
     
  11. Alex.D

    Alex.D New Member

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    I have 4 angle grinders. 2 with 4 inch disk's and the other 2 are 5 1/2 inches.
    The guy from X-Men was to busy this week so I took my old Makita instead ;-)
     
  12. jeff

    jeff New Member

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    I have a cheap metal cutting band saw have to go real slow blade jumps off if you go to quick but its a lot better than a hacksaw
     
  13. Foster J

    Foster J Active Member

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    This poll thingy is neat. Side grinder and a zip disc is where I'm st right now.
     
  14. BigUglyMan

    BigUglyMan Active Member

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    I got a metal cutting bandsaw (horizontal/vertical) from Busy Bee for Christmas.

    Now to cut some steel.
     
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    r-ice New Member

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    harbor freight bandsaw.
     
  16. dancom

    dancom Dust Maker Best Shop Tool

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    I might be leaving the hack saw club. I just picked up a 2-speed Porter-Cable Portaband Model 725 for $150 on Kijiji. Near perfect condition in the case, with blades and owner's manual. Now to rig up a little table, switch and work lamp. I have a feeling this is going into the tool WIP department.

    Dan
     
  17. Brad

    Brad Active Member

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    I use a mini grinder or hacksaw and sometimes a hardy
     
  18. Jason

    Jason New Member

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    Is it the 220 version?
     
  19. oiler20

    oiler20 New Member

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    I use a angle grinder
     
  20. ToddR

    ToddR Putterer, Tinkerer, Waster of Time Staff Member

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    I bought a grizzly portable bandsaw. Not the best but it works. Saves me from buying out all the cutoff wheels at Canadian Tire. : )
     

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