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RE: question on bandsaws ??

To: "'john niolon'" <>,
Subject: RE: question on bandsaws ??
From: "Gerald Brazil" <>
Date: Thu, 10 Aug 2006 21:10:21 -0400
John, I bought one model of a HF bandsaw that is a variable speed. I buy the
expensive bi-metal blades, both wood cutting and metal cutting. It works
satisfactorily for both metal and wood. The bi-metal blades (available from
an industrial supply house)are worth the extra money.....cut straight, clean
and last longer.

-----Original Message-----
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On Behalf Of john niolon
Sent: Thursday, August 10, 2006 7:23 PM
To: shop-talk
Subject: question on bandsaws ??

was reading on another forum about someone needing a metal cutting benchtop budget and space...wondered about using a wood saw.. 
discussion led to... 'it's too fast' and 'it won't hold up'  and 'don't be 
cheap'  etc...

I realize that a metal saw turns slower....say 300 fpm and less and a wood 
saw is over 1000 fpm...   would it be possible to replace the a/c motor with

a d/c equivalent and dial it down to the proper speed... surely someone has 
done this and has plans out there...
don't they ???

would a cheap (say H.F.) bandsaw hold up to metal work ...bearings or 
bushings and such ???


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