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snowyskiesau
31st Aug 2008, 04:07 PM
Not sure if this is the correct forum to ask - there doesn't seem to be a 'Stupid power tool questions' forum :-

Are portable bandsaws such as this (http://www.harborfreight.com/cpi/ctaf/displayitem.taf?Itemnumber=47840) available/permitted in Australia?
A couple of times recently I've needed to cut some thick aluminium (10mm) and one of these would make the job oh so much easier.

I appreciate that safety rules are quite different in the US :oo:

BobL
31st Aug 2008, 04:14 PM
A couple of times recently I've needed to cut some thick aluminium (10mm) and one of these would make the job oh so much easier.

For curves and straight a regular band saw with lubrications will do the job much safer
longish straight cutting - a regular TS or circular with a proper blade will do it very quickly.

snowyskiesau
31st Aug 2008, 04:17 PM
For curves and straight a regular band saw with lubrications will do the job much safer
longish straight cutting - a regular TS or circular with a proper blade will do it very quickly.

I probably should have said - I don't have a bandsaw nor do I have room to put one. Something like the HF one I linked seemed to be a good (not necessarily safe) compromise.

djfoggin
31st Aug 2008, 05:13 PM
Saw (no pun intended) one of these on foxtel last week, there was a docking station that turned it into a miniature bandsaw for table use.

Not bad looker.

David

snowyskiesau
31st Aug 2008, 05:20 PM
Saw (no pun intended) one of these on foxtel last week, there was a docking station that turned it into a miniature bandsaw for table use.

Not bad looker.

David

Was this a local show/advert?

Skew ChiDAMN!!
31st Aug 2008, 05:39 PM
When I was in the SECV (some 20 years ago) we trialled a similar bandsaw, although 2-stoke driven, for cutting conveyor rail. We went back to the (not so) portable powered hacksaws because those we could start up and walk away for a smoko while they did their thing... :rolleyes:

Mind you, the govt being the hypocrites they are, it wouldn't surprise me if the use of these bandsaws by a non-govt agency was considered illegal even then.

djfoggin
31st Aug 2008, 08:02 PM
US show called cool tools, 2 fridays back

snowyskiesau
3rd Sep 2008, 11:03 AM
I did find one locally (http://cgi.ebay.com.au/700WATT-PORTABLE-MINI-METAL-BANDSAW-Demo_W0QQitemZ380059937428QQihZ025QQcategoryZ105830QQssPageNameZWDVWQQrdZ1QQcmdZViewItem), it's the same as the Harbour Freight one I posted earlier.
No information on how long it has been used as a demo though, and no response to the question asked of the seller.

Retromilling
3rd Sep 2008, 12:02 PM
I did find one locally (http://cgi.ebay.com.au/700WATT-PORTABLE-MINI-METAL-BANDSAW-Demo_W0QQitemZ380059937428QQihZ025QQcategoryZ105830QQssPageNameZWDVWQQrdZ1QQcmdZViewItem), it's the same as the Harbour Freight one I posted earlier.
No information on how long it has been used as a demo though, and no response to the question asked of the seller.
The one from harbour frieght is a 110 volt model no good in Australia unless you also buy a step down transformer.
Be great for docking off a job in the lathe rather than parting it off which can be a pain if the bar is too thick for your blades.

Gavin Newman
3rd Sep 2008, 03:22 PM
Makita used to make one, I've been using mine for years to cut aluminium and steel (mostly RHS and pipe). Can't kill the thing. They are still on the Makita US web-site under model numbers 2107F, 2107FK & 2106 but not on the Australian site.

You may be able to pick one up second hand.

What about a jigsaw with a metal cutting blade in it?

footz
6th Sep 2008, 07:38 PM
I seen this looks the same http://cgi.ebay.com.au/700WATT-PORTABLE-MINI-METAL-BANDSAW-Demo_W0QQitemZ380059937428QQihZ025QQcategoryZ105830QQcmdZViewItemQQ_trksidZp1742.m153.l1262 (http://cgi.ebay.com.au/700WATT-PORTABLE-MINI-METAL-BANDSAW-Demo_W0QQitemZ380059937428QQihZ025QQcategoryZ105830QQcmdZViewItemQQ_trksidZp1742.m153.l1262)

gene

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