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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.

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.

DWM120 Deep Cut Band Saw [DeWalt]
Street Pricing [Google]


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:


    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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