Northern Industrial Horizontal/Vertical Metal Cutting Band Saw - 4 1/2in. x 6in., 3/4 HP, 120V Motor
Great affordable saw
This saw works great. The wheel bracket for moving saw around is too light and bends. Also the cover for the saw guide rollers is in the way when you cut a 45 degree angle. A couple of slight modifations fixed this. The rest of the saw is great.
April 23, 2013
Very Handy Tool
I'm new to welding and metal work, but have been a DIY'er for years. I bought this band saw to cut small metal pieces for fabrication, etc. and it really does the job. You can adjust the stops so that when the cutting job is finished, it lowers to cut the power off. In fact, you set it up, put the material in the vice, turn it on, and you can go about your other business while it quietly cuts; and then auto-turns off. The only thing I found 'wrong' with it was the overall height (because I'm 6'5"). So I fixed that by welding on some 1" square tubing to a metal base, and added wheels. Then the welder, plasma cutter, and tool tray were put in under it. NOW it is the perfect cutting height. One more thing, the saw frame is cast iron and looks like it will last YEARS. Great little workshop saw!
August 13, 2012
This is a great saw for its size does really good job
we are thinking about the next size up since we have grown and got bigger we are sawing alot more now but this saw works great have sawed up to 3 inch steel rods in it
May 14, 2012
Vertical Band saw
I use this saw instead of a cut off saw. It works just fine for my home shop. Easy to set up and align. Doesn't take up much space. I can wheel it out in the middle of my garage and wheel it back when done. Its a handy tool to have.
May 8, 2012
Works well for the money
I have had this saw now for about a year and it works well for the price. Do yourself a favor and buy the expensive blades as they will last much longer the cheap blades break within a few cuts. It does a pretty decent cut for it's size and the only issue I've had with it is I tried to use it one day in the winter without turning the heat on in the area it was being stored and it didn't have enough power to turn the blade when the whole thing was cold. (It was below freezing) I turned the heat on and let it warm up and it worked without issue. It works well as a horizontal unit. I've tried to use it vertically a couple times without much luck.
October 17, 2011
Great "LIGHT DUTY" saw
I emphasize "LIGHT DUTY"... This is a great little saw at a great price. Don't expect this unit to do the work of an industrial band saw.
Be very thorough in your set up and do not put a strain on the holding mechanisms. In other words dont try to cut a 4" steel bar that is 8' long. This saw is designed for light duty cutting. Perfect for the hobbyist or home shop environment. I use the saw in my business and it is used at least once a week. But keep in mind it is for light duty work.
March 14, 2011
One GREAT metal cutting saw
After years of banging my fingers using a hacksaw I decided to purchase the metal cutting band saw from Northern Tool. It has performed above my expectations. It is easy to use and safe. I've cut iron, aluminum, wood, plastic, and stainless. I wished I had purchased this saw years ago. For the price it can't be beat. To switch from vertical to horizontal is so easy and switching back is effortless. I would recommend this saw to anyone needing a small easy to use metal cutting bandsaw.
March 14, 2011
Good - beats Sawzall or abrasive saw for HSM use
Home shop machinist (HSM). I keep trying the least expensive metal-sawing options for a home machine shop. (1) First was a Milwaukee Sawzall with Milwaukee blades called "Torch" (10 TPI, IIRC). I used the name brand to try to maximize my chances. It's a great solution for a project here or there, but not for long-term, frequent use. Blades burn up too fast, simply because the same 10 or 20 teeth are doing all the work all the time, and they suffer feed pressure on the return stroke. The Sawzall is also loud (matters in a basement shop because your home is right above). (2) Next solution was an abrasive cutoff saw. Benchtop 14" DIA blade by 1/8 wide. Again, a perfectly nice product for what it is. But the heat builds quickly in thick stock (as opposed to pipe, tubing, angle, etc). Loud. And worst, it smells asphalt-ish after a cut, and the smell can permeate the house for a little while. Very unpopular with the spouse. (3) Finally I caved and bought a saw just like this from another import tool dealer. In fact it's clearly from the same builder. Only difference is mine came with a different model motor, 1hp. I must say this is a great step up from Sawzall or abrasive saw for home machine shop use (cutting bar stock). Just cuts so wonderfully compared to the alternatives. Clean, quiet, cool, decently quick (want faster, pay 4 times as much). The piece is so cool you wouldn't know it was just cut. BIG difference there. I've been using WD-40 as a cutting lubricant so far (hot-roll carbon steel bar, 303 SS bar). I don't know if it's scientifically recommended, but I know it seems to work great for me. I don't bathe the thing, I just spray a bit intermittently as the cut progresses. Here's the thing about the quality of this saw: It's enough quality for the low-low price. Resign yourself to a couple hours of TLC when you do the setup and manual-reading. Do it patiently and as nicely as you can. I found that if you do that, you're fine. You'll need to use a few of your own existing metric wrenches and hex keys before you're done. If you don't have 'em, get 'em anyway to have around. In my opinion, anyone who has any business buying this type of saw is probably handy enough to assemble it well. Complete novices may find it hard, but if so, it's simply one's own learning curve. You can work it out with patience. This saw is great because it puts the basic configuration of a horizontal metal-cutting bandsaw, which normally is found only in commercial/industrial contexts, and allows it to be affordable enough for a home machine shop. To tell you the truth, I figure that if it needs any minor repairs or improvements, I'll fix it myself. As a home machinist, you just need the tool mfr "to get you in the door" with the basic parts nicely made. You can go from there if you have to, and upgrade the minor parts yourself.
March 14, 2011
wont cut straight and motor is underpowered!
i could never get the saw to cut straight due to rough casting and poor machining of the roller guides, finally the motor went out after less than a month.
March 4, 2011
Bought this machine because it looked similar to the Jet and they had this one in stock. Cutting 1" x 2" rectangular thin wall steel tubing, after about 20 cuts the blade that came with the saw started loosing teeth then broke. Bought a new blade. The belt that came with the saw was also wearing badly, after 90 cuts over a 5 day period (about 12 per day spread out over a days work) the saw stopped, the motor was warm but did not smell burned. I think this machine would work okay for someone who only made a few cuts during a project but its not up to larger work. I exchanged this one for the Jet. The saw head and base are very similar but the motor is much larger physically even though it is rated at 1/2 HP and can run off 120v or can be rewired for 230 volts. The original blade has been working fine and the belt shows no wear. If your hobby projects require multiple cuts I would spend extra and get the Jet otherwise the NT saw will work but buy a spare blade and let the motor rest if you are doing multiple cuts
December 24, 2010