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Thread: Steel Cold Cut Saw or Steel Band Saw? What to Buy

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    Steel Cold Cut Saw or Steel Band Saw? What to Buy

    Needing an upgrade from the 14" cutt off saw for steel work. We managed to get 18 months out of the last saw. does a lot of cutting.

    Who has used a cold cut saw to cut mild steel sections and angels? pros and cons?

    Or just get a decent band saw?

    Not cutting miters or angles, just straight cuts up to 100x50x3 RHS, 50x50x5 ANG and 80x12 FL

    Advice for or against each would be appreciated

    Any good condition second hand ones of either of the above around?

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    Hitachi HU14 used to be really good, now no longer made. The Makita 2414NB is a good saw at a reasonable price approx $410.00 + GST. We have modified the Tooline unit, Chinese yuk, by putting a bigger, better qual motor, have done some in three phase of these units.
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    LC1230 $870.00 + GST + freight maybe?
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    Quote Originally Posted by Maca49 View Post
    LC1230 $870.00 + GST + freight maybe?
    Cheers, good machine?

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    Get the one that takes a normal metal cut off blade. I ve used and sold the cold cut ones. OK for light work barely IMHO.
    One client returned one mid Arvo same day he took it away ...
    Go look at what the engineering shops use. Its certainly not cold cut.
    CC14SF Hitachi is just ok buy you can kill them and they are better than Makita on that product line.
    Most shops treat them as a cost of business they don't last for ever unfortunately as generally get thrashed all day long.

    The older Hitachis were real good I have one 17 yrs old at home now and its still going well

    A lot to do with letting the blade do the work not the 12 stone elbow....

    In a lot of power tools Hitachi spanks Makita

    In a few Makita returns the favour..

    The other flavours are all either hard to get parts off or want your first born and one of your nuts or they are just crap..

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    I like the horizontal bandsaw types as you can just start them and leave them, and they're quiet.

    Bit pricier though but no need to change blades very often, especially if you run coolant.
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    Bandsaw for sure


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    Quote Originally Posted by Savage1 View Post
    you can just start them and leave them, and they're quiet.
    Remind me never to go into your workshop.
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    Do you want a fast or slow cut that's the decision you have to make, Happy right with the choice of Makita or Hitachi, great tool companies, excellent service and back up, the rest with the exception of Bosch and Metabo are what I call marketing companies, their life is about sales with SFA back up. AEG and Milwaukee I'd just say yuk.
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    Bandsaw - turn it on and walk away and do something else. We do have a cut-off saw at work as well but it never gets used ...
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    Bosch are a pack of sluts. They ll sell to everyone on the same street then wait till there's a warranty claim. Good luck with that. Their tool quality is now questionable as well. We no longer have anything to do with them . It needs to be a two way street
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    I like sluts that bring me morning tea!
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    Quote Originally Posted by Shamus View Post
    Bandsaw - turn it on and walk away and do something else. We do have a cut-off saw at work as well but it never gets used ...
    Some of us in the North Island just don't have time to wait!
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