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Re: portable metal-cutting shears

To: "Eugene D Abbondelo" <>, <>,
Subject: Re: portable metal-cutting shears
From: "David C." <>
Date: Thu, 25 Aug 2005 19:36:28 -0700
I have had a Grizzly model for at least 12 years.  The only problem I had 
with it was I walked away from it with the motor running somehow and it ran 
all night and burned up. No thermal protection in the stock motor; it 
really stunk.  I replaced it with a cheap 1/2 HP motor from H.F. and it 
works fine.  I agree with all the other comments, with the following 
additional comment:

Someone mentioned out of square cuts.  I found if you put flat stock (like 
a piece 1/4" thick by 2" wide) in the vise to cut across the edge or short 
side  the cut will wander off square.  I haven't been bothered enough by 
this to try to fix it; the work-around is to cut stock across the long or 
flat dimension.  On angle iron, I cut it in two steps, cutting across the 
flats instead of down one side and across the other.  Hope this makes 
sense.  I have also done a fair amount of free hand cutting on up to 1/4" 
or so, which works fine within the radius limits of the blade.  I am 
currently trying a couple of cheap H.F. blades.  They work ok at about 1/4 
the price of the bimetal blades, but only OK.

Dave C

At 01:03 PM 8/25/2005 -0400, Eugene D Abbondelo wrote:
>I've been thinking about getting the Harbor Freight (Horrible Fright) band 
>saw for cutting bar stock, angle iron, etc.  Anyone have the model John 
>linked to and do they like it? How good is it for fairly thick steel, like 
>cutting a pattern out of 1/4 inch steel plate?

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