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As I’ve mentioned often here on Toolmonger, I love my portable band saw. This simple-looking tool can simplify — and often make possible — endless jobs.  So what makes the DeWalt model pictured above newsworthy?  Easy:  the extra space between the handle and blade allows you to cut objects a full 1/2″ to 1″ larger than most similar saws.  And while that 1/2″ may not sound like much, I’ve run into numerous situations where whatever I needed to cut wouldn’t quite fit in the mouth of my saw.  This one would’ve saved me some hassle.

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Other than its gaping maw, DeWalt’s DW120 is similar to their other (and competitors’) offerings, including a 10A motor, steel blade shrouds, and rubber bumpers to protect the jobsite (and your truck bed).  Pricing is about what you’d expect: around $300.

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DWM120 Deep Cut Band Saw [DeWalt]
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4 Responses to DeWalt’s Deep Cut Portable Band Saw

  1. fred says:

    For field work we’ve been using Milwaukee portables for quite a few years. Our 2 recent saws were their model 6238 which has a stated capacity of 4-3/4 square. As you point out the Dewalt has a bit more capacity – and might be worth a look for those investing in a new saw. For on-site tweaking – especially for mitering small pipe prior to weld-up – these are great tools.
    We do a lot of large pipe mitering (way beyond the capacity and accuracy requirement of a hand-held) in our shop and we revert to our old reliable Armstrong-Blum Marvel band saw.

  2. PeterP says:

    What is the advantage of this over a sawzall with a metal blade? Cleaner\more accurate?

  3. Mike47 says:

    PeterP;

    I own both (Milwaukees) and the bandsaw can cut through round pipe much faster with better control. Bandsaw cuts continuously in one direction, while Sawzall uses back-and-forth motion, of which half of that motion isn’t cutting. Bandsaw stabilizes blade at two locations; Sawzall only one. There are bound to be other advantages, but these two convinced me to get a bandsaw. Watch any mechanical contractor field-cutting small diameter pipe. You see bandsaws, not sawzall. Trying is believing.

  4. fred says:

    Mike47 is spot on – the sawzall is fine for rough cutting but doesnt have the accuracy for good cuts on pipe. Ideally you can bring out a powered hacksaw – DoAll type saw to the jobsite – but this is often impractical.

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