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Discussion in 'The Hokey Ass Message Board' started by J&JHotrods, Aug 9, 2011.

  1. J&JHotrods
    Joined: Oct 22, 2008
    Posts: 549


    ...And I guess that dumb dumb was me. Had the HF porta saw already, and with some scrap steel I had laying around, I decided to build a wannabe vertical band saw adaptor. Grew tired of cutting 3" exhaust tubing with the chop saw, letting it cool, de-burring, etc...and the disc needs replacing, so I figured I'd make a feeble attempt to convert the HF porta saw. I don't really have a sufficient way to clamp the 3" tubing to the table to cut with porta saw safely without distorting the tubing, always prefer to have an extra hand there to hold it while I cut. Needed to make it a one man job. It works pretty good. Designed it so I don't even have to loosen the blade to slide it in place, and the adaptor bolts to my bench. Gets the job done anyways.
    Should have ponied up the extra $ for a milwaukee or Dewalt and bought the adaptor, but you know how that goes...Shoulda, woulda coulda....

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  2. Iceberg460
    Joined: Jun 6, 2007
    Posts: 880


    Thats pretty cool, I may have to steal your idea. Thanks for posting.
  3. tlmartin84
    Joined: Jul 28, 2011
    Posts: 927

    from WV

    I love the trigger mechanism. Nothing quite like zip ties or duct tape.
  4. Jalopy Joker
    Joined: Sep 3, 2006
    Posts: 27,750

    Jalopy Joker

    looks pretty well planned out, put together

  5. Did you see the article on this in Machinist's Workshop magazine this month?
  6. AMERICAN ingenuity, stuff like that is what made this country GREAT!! There are plans on the internet for doing something similiar to that with the H/F verticle/horizontal band saw too. Both are great ideas, hope some other guy's who cant afford the top name saws do the same, TR
  7. stubbsrodandcustom
    Joined: Dec 28, 2010
    Posts: 1,545

    from Spring tx

    Two thumbs up.... :D Totaly agree..
  8. tlmartin84
    Joined: Jul 28, 2011
    Posts: 927

    from WV

    Ive used my angle grinder in a vise with ductape to hold the trigger down many times. Works like a charm.
  9. oj
    Joined: Jul 27, 2008
    Posts: 6,281


    I was worried there for a moment until i saw the tye wrap - good job!
  10. I mounted my Milwaukee like that about a year ago and would be lost without it. I have two tyraps on the switch but will get a foot switch one of these days when I come across one that is reasonable. You will wonder how you got along without it all this time!! Great job.
  11. Be sure to use U.L. Listed tie wraps, never know when OSHA will come around.
  12. Tman
    Joined: Mar 2, 2001
    Posts: 35,180


    Milwaukee actually offers a stand for their Porta Band that does just what you did. Good job.
  13. rockable
    Joined: Dec 21, 2009
    Posts: 3,633


    HF has a footswitch for about 12 bucks. Its worth it.
  14. My Porter Cable Porta Band came with a trick bracket that allows it to be used vertical and horizontal.
  15. havi
    Joined: Dec 30, 2008
    Posts: 1,877


    I approve!
  16. J&JHotrods
    Joined: Oct 22, 2008
    Posts: 549


    There is a "full on" button near the switch that locks the switch on, the zip tie was a quick "let's see if this works" fix, and surprisingly it holds the bottom of it fairly secure. A hose clamp will probably go in place of the zip tie, as the only solid place to secure the saw is the bottom of the handle. The top is secured with the original allen bolts for the top handle. Turns out the 1/8" plate and 1/2" square tube equals the thickness of the original top handle so the original bolts can be used.
    A foot switch is on the way, would not recommend using it without one, ask me how I know:rolleyes:.
    It doesn't cut very fast, but it's stable, doesn't dance around in the fixture, and I can finish my exhaust without an extra hand needed. Ended up using the same holes I made in the bench for where my throatless shear bolts to the bench.
    Problem solved-on the cheap!
  17. The37Kid
    Joined: Apr 30, 2004
    Posts: 28,547


    Thats not sitting on a foldable card table is it?:eek:
  18. NYCEGUY01
    Joined: Oct 4, 2009
    Posts: 2

    from N.Utah

    I have a setup like this for my dewalt.
    swag offroad makes them and a few other little tools I couldnt live without.
    I think I use my little bandsaw more than any other tool in the shop when Im building stuff... I believe.

    Im not affiliated with them in any way except for bieng a satisfied customer.
    Last edited: Aug 11, 2011

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