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Part of my bucket list with recent retirement is learning to weld. I purchased the above steel cutting band saw and it works well but not real accurate on true cuts. Has anyone ever built a jig or frame to make it more like a permanent saw but still removable for travel? BTW I do have a cutoff saw but sometimes need the Portaband.

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There was a saw holder In the days gone by.

 

A tune the blade rollers to maintain a better blade control - ie rollers on the blade body not the teeth and minimal space between them

 

watch the 'pressure' that you apply. The blade tries to 'fold' into the cut if you use to much pressure and will lean against one side or the other of the cut.

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A cut off blade on a grinder will make a truer cut. Lots of sparks though. Much more dangerous too. More construction worker are injured with cut offs than portaband. Some construction companies have banned them. You are warned. I use a cutoff saw a lot. Don't even own a portaband.

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HI Carl

HAPPY RETIREMENT!!

I'm not sure if the fixtures are still available but Milwaukee and Greenlee both offered the

accessories your asking about. Try port-a-band band saw stand??? Better yet call those companies customer service depts. I have used them in my past life.

KEN

roadfitter

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Carl,

 

Here's what you really need. Maybe Donna will get it for you for Christmas?

 

http://victortechnologies.com/thermaldynamics/products/prodList.html?brand=TDC&W2Code=TDC200500&W3Code=TDC301250&W4Code=&W5Code=&W6Code=

 

I have had one for several years now, and love it. ain't cheap, but any thing worth having never is.......

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Thanks for the replies.

Glen: in my former life was in the medical field and saw way too many injuries with a grinder and cut-off blade. Already had one major accident since retiring requiring trip to ER. Wife says no more stupidity. What she doesn't know it (stupidity) sometimes comes easy for me.

 

Rick: maybe when I get good at this. Ken (Roadfitter) can attest I am still taking baby steps.

 

Bill, Charlie, Ken. Will check your suggestions out.

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The unmentioned alternate tool is a sawsall, with a little practice and a high quality blade they will cut straighter and faster than a portaband. I'm also a big fan of a 4" grinder with a cut off disc, just know going in that it is also commonly referred to as "the wheel of death" Wear your protective gear and never get your body inline with the cut off wheel that is properly rated for the speed of the grinder

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Carl, What kind of welding are you going to tackle? Stick, mig, tig, ??? If you are going to get a stick machine, be sure to get a AC/DC welder. I like my Miller but there are many that work well. Get yourself some 1/8 inch 7014 (sometimes referred to as "beginners rod" because it does not stick at touch so readily as something like 7018) and do some welding. There are classes at a lot of community colleges and at your age :P you can probably audit them for little cost.

 

On edit, I failed to say something about the portable band saw. Sure, it will cut faster with the saw at 90 degrees to the steel but it will wonder. Try potting the blade in at the far end of the material and begin lowering the saw down the line. It will track much better.

 

If you are going to do much cutting, buy a band saw. Even the cheap ones at Harbor Freight will do a decent job IF you never let the work slip while cutting. The result is an instant kink in the blade and some lost teeth. This one is a little expensive : http://www.northerntool.com/shop/tools/product_200365544_200365544

 

Chet

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I weld professional and hate a 7014. Know it has a place but is "junk" in our profession. 7018 and tig is my favorite. Mig can look good, very good, and be very faulty. It can do a great job but you really can mess up if you don't know it. Stick is forgiving. It will burn in. It can be ugly and strong. Got a gap, 6010 pass and then 7018. Can do a good looking weld downhill with a 6010 also. Works great with thin metal. Tig can do beautiful work. It is expensive. Low skills, stay with stick welding.

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Gonna be mig welding and later aluminum when I get some semblance of good at it. I bought a Hobart 190 Handler and will get a spool gun for the aluminum later on. Spoke to Ken and JW Morgan at length and seems the 190 will do everything I want to do. Basically will be welding angle, plate, occasional round pipe for minor projects for the truck and trailer. Will probably never be doing my own hitches like BMZero but there are just too many times when something welded up nicely is so much prettier than something bolted up, if you know what I mean. Cutting probably not more than 1/4" so if projects get bigger will consider bigger toys. Do plan on a community college course maybe when it's cold out.

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Carl, welcome to FRC, Flunked Retirement Club. Did you know I am considered it's unofficial Chairman. Are you in the running for the position.

Hey Phoenix, just trying to get all the fun things into my life that I've never had time for. Remember my father welding before with a torch and a coat hanger. He passed away a few years back and had a lot of old time skills and tricks that I just didn't take the opportunity to learn. He could carpenter, fix any motor, weld, design. These skills are being lost. Hopefully will be a skill I can pass on to my grandkids--something that doesn't have electronics or a keyboard attached to it if you get my drift. That's why I admire all you folks here that have "jack of all trades" skills.

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In high school we had a Old-time Douglas Aircraft and Kaiser Ship Yards welder that was sooooo smooth with torch, stick, mig, submerged arc. brazing, silver , Ni-rod , hard-face he was a Master........

 

We had a 40 HP hot-saw and for the first month of class we had to saw all of our welds in half so that the Ole-man could grade them.......like Glenn said some welds look good but if you turn them upside-down they might just fall off.........

 

The ole-man had a lot of companies donate steel rems and big scrap items for us kids to cut and weld so we were never short of metals.

 

The final test of flame cutting was to write your FULL name in 6 inch high letters on old 24" pipe 3/8" wall and trace the lines outlined 1 inch wide then cut the name out AND........the name had to fall free without hitting it with a slag-hammer........boy oh boy did we murder many tons of scrap pipe......it was really hard.......unless you were the "ole-man".

 

We had a Dutch kid who's name was Neco Put he was the first to get his name "clean-cut-out"...........My name has 15 letters ......... I had a lot of slag burns on my chaps by the time I had my name drop free inside the pipe........

 

Enjoy the heat......

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