Sometimes the answer seems so obvious once the question is asked. The 4″x6″-capacity metal-cutting bandsaw is a ubiquitous import — you can get it from Harbor Freight, Grizzly, Northern Tool, and most other machine tool suppliers. The prices have risen over the years, but list prices hover around the $250 mark, and they’re often on sale.
While they do have some shortcomings, you can find a ton of information about modifications on the web — one of the best sites is Mini-Lathe.com. The 4×6 saws also benefit from a quality blade, such as the Olson blades I use on mine.
In the Hot category I can only say that every project I work on begins on the bandsaw, and the ability of such a cheap tool to slog through a large piece of steel still amazes me. In the Not category? I can’t even come up with a good reason not to get one.
But what do you all think? Hot or Not? Let us know in comments.