New Band Saw

This has been my cutoff saw ever since I started metal working. It is just a handheld bandsaw lashed to a homemade plywood frame.
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It has been quite satisfactory on flat bar stock and rod stock less than 1.5 inch diameter.

It fell short, however, when I started making bronze frame reels. The material that I wanted to use (c544) comes only as rod stock, and I needed 3 inch diameter. It was difficult to get a straight cut because the plywood frame was not sufficiently rigid.

When I needed to make a lot of cuts on 2-5/8 inch diameter aluminum rod stock, I decided that it was time to upgrade the saw. This is my new Model 4829 saw from Little Machine Shop.
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It appears that the same saw is offered by Grizzly. Grizzly stocks repair parts but LMS does not. I know, because the first time I changed blades I ruined a rubber tire.
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LMS sells a 10 tooth/inch blade that is much better for large stock than the 14 tooth/inch blade that comes with the saw.
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So what is the deal with the 10 pound weight?
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The saw hinge has a built-in spring that lifts the saw. The extra weight partly overcomes the spring torque and makes cutting easier.

Update 20 July 2018: For dealing with larger diameter round stock, it helps to have a custom vise:
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3 Responses to New Band Saw

  1. Jeff says:

    I have been wondering about that LMS saw. I understand that the Lenox Diemaster II bi-metal blades are excellent though I do not know if they are available in whatever blade length that saw uses. https://www.bandsawbladesdirect.com/lenox-diemaster-2-bi-metal-band-saw-blades

  2. dave49 says:

    Jeff,
    The blades are 44-7/8 x 1/2 x .020 . Looks like Lennox makes any length you want.
    On the 2-5/8 diameter aluminum, I am getting slabs with sides no more than .020 out of parallel, which is quite satisfactory for my purpose.

  3. Jeff says:

    That is excellent. No need to change!
    Jeff

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