Northern Industrial Horizontal/Vertical Metal Cutting Band Saw - 4 1/2in. x 6in., 3/4 HP, 120V Motor
Actually cuts pretty well
Bought this to cut through 1/8x2x2 angle iron all day. It did take all day but its a pretty tough saw. The stand is ridiculous and it failed right away. Bolted it to the benchtop and it has cut angle, rebar, pipe, plate and lots of other stuff. Get a decent bi-metallic blade or it will take all day to cut your metal though. I cut a lot of 3/8x4 bar and was amazed at how fine the cut can be if you have patience. Heck of a saw for cheap relative to the alternatives.
September 17, 2013
This product has the worst owners / set up manual I have ever used. You have to totally figure out the set up on your own as the manual is silent as to setting up the stand and gives at best, vague suggestions for how to set up the rest of the saw. Same issue with the operating instructions. Like a prior reviewer, I found a pool of lubricant underneath the saw after it was assembled. I have no idea if this is a problem or not but overall I am not happy with the product. There is a metal rod with a handle that goes with the saw but I have absolutely no idea what its purpose is. Of course, the manual does not say. This saw will take up too much room to just be light duty on a flimsy stand. I'm taking it back.
August 25, 2013
reliability/ owners manual
I am now on my second unit , the first having been returned because I discovered it standing in a big puddle of lubricant. I didn't even bother to determine the source as I had the unit less than 30 days with very little use. That being said when I did use the unit its performance was satisfactory. The owners manual-on the other hand- is a complete nightmare. However there are other bandsaws that are similar to this model that have very nice downloadable manuals one can substitute. Now that I have a decent manual I am very satisfied with the saw.
August 10, 2013
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