If you’re one of the many readers of Toolmonger who lurks behind an RSS reader, we wanted to clue you in to a great set of comments that you might have missed. In our post earlier this week regarding Harbor Freight’s 4×6 bandsaw, a number of readers commented on how easy it is to modify this bandsaw to make it much better than as-shipped.
Truthfully, it’s been my experience that any metal-cutting bandsaw will only cut right if it’s properly adjusted and fitted with a quality blade appropriate to the task at hand.
When I first got the HF band saw, I thought it was a complete piece of crap. It cut very slowly and burned through blades like mad. When I was over at a friend’s shop, I noticed that his bandsaw (a JET) cut like the wind, so I asked a few questions. Probably more importantly, every time I used it, I took a moment to feel the blade tension and head loaded. When I got home, I swapped in the same blade he had and adjusted it to match, and voila — mine cut like the wind, too.
So if you have a minute, check out the thread on the original post, and let us know in comments your secret to the perfect bandsaw setup.