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Portable Band Saw From Princess?

Discussion in 'Milling, Drilling, & Cutting' started by dancom, Jan 16, 2020.

  1. dancom

    dancom Dust Maker Best Shop Tool

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    I recently had a chance to check out a friend's new portable band saw that he's making a table for. My first impression was 'pretty good for the price.' It's a Pro-Point from Princess Auto.
    https://www.princessauto.com/en/det...able-speed-metal-cutting-band-saw/A-p8857971e

    OK, it's not a Millwaukee or a Bosch, but it's also not $400. The build construction looks to be good and it feels solid. The speed is varied by a turnable dial near the handle. Speed is stated in RPMs which is weird for a band saw. In any case, you can set the speed nicely for cutting out blanks. I would put in on a small table and wire a switch to it. I think it would be a great addition to a shop that missing a band saw. First-order time-saver. My clunky old Porter-Cable band saw is one of the most used things in the shop.

    Dan
     
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  2. Wishalot

    Wishalot New Member

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    Wow! Dan, good information to have. I think the cost of stuff these days is the only thing that keeps me from getting away from the hand tools, but for a price like that, an old fella like me could even be tempted to take this knife making infatuation to the next level. Thanks
     
  3. Shadnuke

    Shadnuke Disabled dreamer...

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    Hey @dancom I just purchased a Milwaukee impact wrench, and I saw that have a tool called a Hackzawll. It's a battery operated hacksaw! I may go ahead and grab on in the coming months, because it would be nice to not have to use the grinder or the have hacksaw. Have you ever looked at one of those Dremel utility saw things? Those saw tools that they had on TV infomercials years ago that "could cut through anything!"?
     
  4. JohnnyTK

    JohnnyTK New Member

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    I know a few of our technicians have the Princess version and they have not had any problems. I was looking at that option also, or Ryobi battery one due to my owing a ton of batteries. Thinking I will go with Princess model do to a larger cutting area. Pintrest has a bunch of easy to build ideas to use it in a vertical position.
     
  5. Griff

    Griff Active Member

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    I bought one from Princess auto about 4 years back, at the time e they were selling King Canada brand ones. TBH, never used it, by the time I set myself up for the use of a portal bandsaw I had bought the Milwaukee and the Swag vertical table set up. I am sure I will use it at some point, probably to elevate some of the cutting work on the Milwaukee.
     

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