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Old 07-27-2012, 05:20 PM   #1
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Default Bandsaw (Femi versus Milwaukee)

I've read through a lot of threads on other sites about bandsaw versus chop saw (which I already have). Everyone seems to have their preference. I figured I'd just pick a bandsaw anyway. The chop saw has its limits on cutting brackets etc..


Does anyone have experience with the FEMI brand?
http://www.vansantent.com/Saws/femi_benchtop_saws.htm
The 782xl looks reasonably priced and comes with the miter. I'm concerned about the non standard blade size though. Any thoughts?

I was also considering a good ole Milwaukee
Amazon.com: Milwaukee 6232-21 Deep Cut Portable Variable Speed Band Saw with Case: Home ImprovementAmazon.com: Milwaukee 6232-21 Deep Cut Portable Variable Speed Band Saw with Case: Home Improvement
which comes with a lot less features. I figure this with a swagg vertical conversion would be good as well. But then I keep hearing how Milwaukee (and it seems like a lot of other tool companies) quality is not as it used to be. Anyone have any recommendations?
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Old 07-27-2012, 06:26 PM   #2
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The reason for the decline in Milwaukee's quality, is due to a their acquisition by TTi who also makes Ryobi. I would tend to shy away from them, just because of the sheer number defective tools I saw returned when I worked for Home Depot.
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Old 07-27-2012, 06:44 PM   #3
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buy an old american made saw
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Old 07-28-2012, 08:27 PM   #4
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buy an old american made saw
That's the first thing I checked. I'm a bit limited out here in Hawaii.
There are a bunch of shop vertical bandsaws, but those things are huge.
I was tempted though.
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Old 07-29-2012, 01:26 AM   #5
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I wouldnt waste your money on that femi.
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Old 07-30-2012, 01:16 AM   #6
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I bought a Dewalt Porta-Band DWM120K? I think, and the SWAG table and couldn't be happier. I like the Dewalt because it has the speed control, and it has a built in light that actually cast a shadow of the blade accross whatever your cutting and acts like a guide. The replacement blades are inexpensive too. It's the deep cut model and will cut up to 5" I think, and all I wanted it for was 3" exhaust and 2.5" intercooler tubing ect.


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Old 07-30-2012, 01:25 AM   #7
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I really want it for aluminum as I was having issues welding pipes after cutting with the chop saw even when changing the blades out. I guess I'd have to clean the saw a lot better.
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Old 07-30-2012, 03:58 AM   #8
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It's probably the abrasive material contaminating the aluminum. I have had no issues welding aluminum after cutting it on this saw, and the same blade was used to cut stainless steel just before. I find the 14 TPI blades work great, or the 14/18. Then I just adjust the speed for steel vs. aluminum. I speed it up for stainless tubing and slow it down for aluminum.

I love how it's small and sits right on a bench without taking up floor space too. It has been one of the best additions to the shop in a long time!
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Old 07-30-2012, 04:07 AM   #9
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Thanks
I was actually going off of the swagg video and the guy recommended the Milwaukee but I did a search and saw the opposite opinion. I may just order the same combo as you.
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Old 07-30-2012, 05:50 PM   #10
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I ended up ordering that combo (picked up the bandsaw today from Lowes with price matching).
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Old 07-30-2012, 06:17 PM   #11
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I also have a Milwaukee with the SWAG table coming in the mail. I was a little concerned about the increase in plastic parts on the saw but it will mostly be used in the table so it won't get tossed around to much
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Old 07-30-2012, 10:11 PM   #12
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I just used it to cut some exhaust piping. Wow
I dont know why people say that bandsaws are slower. Very little deburring too
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Old 07-30-2012, 11:38 PM   #13
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i have the swag table and the Milwaukee saw and love it. i did have an issue 3 months into my purchase and it died. took it in and they fixed it for free. when it was being fixed i used a harbor freight replacement and my god it was junk. however it did do the job
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Old 07-31-2012, 03:16 AM   #14
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I ended up with the dewalt. I'm sure they're comparable. I don't know why i never got one sooner. I guess most of the issues that most of the threads on the forums are referring to is when they're cutting schedule 40 or schedule 10. I can see how the chop saw would be a bit faster (with an expensive specialty blade).

I'm sure I could find out by searching, but since you all are replying, is a higher teeth preferable for stainless or less preferable? I'm actually shocked at how cheap replacement blades are (at least at Lowes). My stainless cutting chop saw blade, which actually cuts stainless pipe like butter, was 140. Most of the blades at Lowes were under 30 for different teeth counts. So the more teeth means faster wear but more precise cut?
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Old 08-02-2012, 12:59 AM   #15
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The blade that came with my Dewalt lasted a while, and when it was time to order replacements, I was in the same boat. I was cutting a lot of 16g stainless tubing, so I figured a finer tooth count would be better.......it was not. It just seemed to dull quicker, and when the blade is dull it wants to wander off your line easier than a sharp blade. I've ordered and tried them all and found the 14 TPI or 14/18 TPI to work the best. The 14 TPI is a little "grabby" if you try to force it, but if you apply light pressure and let the blade do the work until it breaks through, then apply a little more pressure it cuts through it real quick, and lasts a long time.

I think the perfect balance is the 14/18 TPI blades. This works great on everything. I've mostly been cutting the 16g stainless, Aluminum intercooler tubing, thick mild steel, stainless flat bar ect, and it seems to be the best all around blade.

Hope that helps and kudos on your new puchase. I absolutely love mine for cutting u-bends too.
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Old 08-02-2012, 03:46 PM   #16
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Thanks

This setup really does rock! I haven't touched my chop saw for the past few days and have made all of kinds of brackets and small things already.
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