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Jan

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I've been cutting on stainless for the last 3 days or so on my little bi-metal bandsaw.

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In this image, I am cutting stainless 1" square tube with a wall thickness of 1/8" and I am
cutting them at 1/2" wide. it takes 2 minutes, 25 seconds for one cut.
I'm sure the saw band is getting dull but it is a lot of metal to cut through.

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This is just after it cuts through.



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In this tray there are about 24-30 pieces cut. Now, I have to deburr them all. At this time this item is only for the one toy I have which is called "Three Squares & More".


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For the large birds "Three Squares & More.


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And at last, here is all the glitter that I created when I cut the metal pieces!!
 

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Oooooh,

I want a full picture of that saw. :rofl: I love big tools.
Me too. :D

When I cut stainless I use an angle grinder with a Disk for stainless. Not a nice cut like your bandsaw but very quick. I sand/grind each piece anyway.
 

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Me too. :D

When I cut stainless I use an angle grinder with a Disk for stainless. Not a nice cut like your bandsaw but very quick. I sand/grind each piece anyway.
Ohhh, I think it's this sexy one!



I'm really starting to like the WEN products. I've beaten a few and they are still like new.
 

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They don't sell Wen products around here? Never used one.
 

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I wasn't sure about the WEN line until I bought my big drill press. That bugger runs hours a day and never gives me trouble. Customer service is great when ordering extra parts. My drill press is about 2-3 years old. I just replaced my belt sander with a WEN. It's twice as heavy as my old one and so quiet. Saws I'm usually a dewalt user. I have some old craftsman too but I wouldnt hesitate to by a WEN if it had what I needed. Our whole shop is yellow and orange.

I bet Jan will say she is happy with it. :)
 

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I wasn't sure about the WEN line until I bought my big drill press. That bugger runs hours a day and never gives me trouble. Customer service is great when ordering extra parts. My drill press is about 2-3 years old. I just replaced my belt sander with a WEN. It's twice as heavy as my old one and so quiet. Saws I'm usually a dewalt user. I have some old craftsman too but I wouldnt hesitate to by a WEN if it had what I needed. Our whole shop is yellow and orange.

I bet Jan will say she is happy with it. :)
All my big tools are 25 years old. A lot of names you've never heard of. I always buy commercial grade tools and I know how to look after them so they all work like new. Delta was a big name back then.
 

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All my big tools are 25 years old. A lot of names you've never heard of. I always buy commercial grade tools and I know how to look after them so they all work like new. Delta was a big name back then.
Quit talking dirty to me!

I have been getting tools from mine and Joe's grandfather for years. Some of the oldies are awesome and some are darn near scary! I turn them on and say "damn, that things mean!" ... it can be good or bad "mean". ;)

Do we need a thread to show off big tools John? I'm not in construction for a lifetime but I bet I can hold my own. Lol
 

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Yes, that is the exact bandsaw I am using, Sarah! I like it because it is small enough and I can roll it around where I want it. Depending on what you are cutting as to how long it takes like how thick the metal is. For cutting stainless you do need to use a bi-metal band blade. You just have to get all the stuff set on it properly for it to run nicely. While I was cutting the metal I show, I did have to stop for a while a couple of times to let the motor cool. I just don't like overheating stuff like that because it can wear it out quicker. I do the same with my bench grinder. When we bought the Wen just 2 years ago which we had ordered online, we paid $249 and now they want nearly $400 for it.
 

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I love it Jan! Looks like it works perfectly for you!
 

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Yes, I think it works pretty well for me. It won't win any contest in fast cutting but what metal cutting saw would?! Yesterday while I was cutting I set the band down to cut a piece of metal and it gives me 2 min. 30 secs. to do other little things then set it to cut another pieces and so on or I'll just sit there and wait for each cut.

The good thing about a bandsaw like that vs. a grinder or metal grinding chop saw is, the grinder types will make the burrs worse to clean up.
 

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That's a lot of work, Jan, and a lot of glitter. :)
I create sterling silver glitter. :D
 
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That's a lot of work, Jan, and a lot of glitter. :)
I create sterling silver glitter. :D

Is your glitter worth more than my stainless glitter?? LOL!

So far now I have cut enough of these squares to make up 25 toys. So that was 75 cuts, the toy takes 3 of these squares I've been cutting. Now I might cut some at a 1/4" thick, even that would be strong enough for Macaws.
 
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