John ( 190mech ) sent me a PM last week that a package was headed my way with no info beyond a tracking number. Hmmm. You never know what he may be up to, so I wasn't sure what to expect.
UPS dropped this off today!
Here it is unpacked.
I installed the blade and went around checking fasteners. Just as a review for anyone else that may be looking at the WEN portable bandsaw; I did find some fasteners just a little loose and one machine screw was missing. I happened to have an M5x0.8 on hand that matched well. Otherwise, everything seemed good to go.
I've had multiple people tell me that I should get a bandsaw. I've considered one for years, going as far as watching reviews of bandsaws large and small, but just never did it. I figured I could get by with a hacksaw and reciprocating saw.
Had to try it out to see what I've been missing. I grabbed a piece of thick steel rod. It's 1 3/4 - 2". I forget. All that matters is that it's a big chunk of steel that would wear your arm out with a hacksaw and isn't easy for a sawzall either. I fired up the bandsaw and let the weight of the saw do the work. It did take a minute, but it chewed through pretty easily. The piece on the left is the last cut with a reciprocating saw. The one on the right is the bandsaw test cut. It's not super smooth, but I think that's likely my fault. It's still a way better and easier result than the sawzall (which is way more rough than it looks in the out of focus pic).
A table or some sort of mount seems to be regularly recommended for portable saws, so it will probably be a future project. For now, it seems like it will be quite useful even as-is. I've already thrown my hacksaw into the woods.
Thanks a bunch John!!!
Last Edit: Nov 16, 2020 15:38:55 GMT -5 by 90GTVert
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Every bandsaw I’ve run tends to cut at a different angle relative to the body of the saw. When cutting material I hold my saw at a 45° angle to the vertical cutting path. High speed will burn teeth off but not as fast as a Sawzall. Aluminum can gum the teeth but it’s not typical.
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For cutting Aluminum use WD-40 or Kerosene for a cutting lubricant.
I get comments on YouTube on occasion informing me that WD-40 is not a cutting oil or lubricant. One recently pretty aggressively told me to stop it. I still use it on aluminum for the lathe or saws. Usually 2T or 4T oil for other metals, aside from thread cutting when I will actually use a thread cutting oil. It's just so easy (and cheaper) to use stuff that I already keep around for most tasks, though I'm sure there's more technically correct stuff.
Post by FrankenMech on Nov 17, 2020 17:31:09 GMT -5
Wd-40 is not a lubricant, it just keeps the aluminum from sticking to the blade. I use kerosene but use whatever is handy. Aluminum is real bad at gumming up cutting tools but kerosene or WD seems to help. I used to machine large aluminum castings at a job. Regular lube oils should not be used for cutting oils. Use real cutting oils for cutting steel etc.
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