Paul writes: “Here’s a real winner from Harbor Freight. Save your arm from hacksawing with this powerful tool. Having one of these allows you to fabricate many things with ease. There’s also a whole cult of the Internet of users of this tool. Get one, join in, and get fabricating!”I have to agree. I actually own one of these, though it’s the older green model. (It looks identical to the one in the picture.) It was my first bandsaw, and has since been replaced with a JET that I bought from a friend.
The major differences? The HF model “howls” when it cuts because, I’d guess, of the thickness of and layout of the metal in its body. It’s also pretty short — as most bandsaws are — so I extended the legs to save my back. Seriously, though, this sells for $190 right now, and I’ve seen it on sale for even less. Who cares if it’s a bit noisy? Mine worked fine. If it wasn’t for other personal reasons, I’d probably have never replaced it.
One thing that’s almost always overlooked, though, is selection of good blades and proper adjustment. Most of the time I hear someone talking about “that piece of crap bandsaw,” I suspect those culprits. For a while I thought my HF saw was junk, but after proper adjustment it cut just as well as the JET does now.
Horizontal/Vertical Metal Cutting Bandsaw [Harbor Freight]