Most of the raw material for my reels is round or rectangular section bar stock purchased in 1 foot lengths. To size it for mill or lathe work, I need a saw. While I own a Delta bandsaw, I prefer to reserve it for woodwork.
So I bought a handheld bandsaw from Harbor Freight and mounted it to a hinged frame of plywood.
It would be better to have a metal frame, but my work is light duty and highly intermittant. Here you also see a drill press vise.
The saw is in my garage. Here it is ready to cut off an aluminum bar. The saw only runs when my hands are on it; no trigger lock, auto shut-off, or weights are required.
You can see in this photo that the saw fastens to the hinged plywood plate with two frame screws and one U-bolt.