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    Milwaukee portable band saw question

    I've been looking at a stand to mount mine in since I don't have a vertical band saw seems like a nice accessory. But, I can't figure out how to lock the power switch in the on position so not sure how it would work? Heck; I just found out today after two years there is a little wheel next to power button that changes the max speed lol


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    Re: Milwaukee portable band saw question

    You can use several different options. Zip tie around the trigger. Hose clamp, rope or cable holder, you could even tape it in the on position.
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    Re: Milwaukee portable band saw question

    Yeah that's true, just would be nice if it could be locked on. Maybe that's why they sell the foot switch it's the stand, tape or zip tie the trigger then just use the foot petal to turn on or off. Guess that will work. Thanks for helping me with the obvious lol I was thinking too hard


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    Re: Milwaukee portable band saw question

    I use mine with and without my homebuilt stand. I put together an electrical box with a short cord to the wall. The box contains a switch controlled outlet. Plug in there and have switch in handle taped "on". Use switch in box to shutoff instead of unplugging.

    A Velcro strap would be better than zip tie or tape, as you it is reusable and quick to remove when you need the saw by itself.

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    Re: Milwaukee portable band saw question

    Depending on your needs, consider getting a second one and make your own stand and table . There are many posts on this.
    On mine I zip tie and as mention have a '' double switched '' outlet . With the double switch I use one for the portaband and one for a belt sander . My first one is over 10 years old and the blue one I did this past summer. I bought both of them cheap cheap because of busted castings. That's why they are in the stands permanently.
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    Re: Milwaukee portable band saw question

    Quote Originally Posted by hog guts View Post
    Heck; I just found out today after two years there is a little wheel next to power button that changes the max speed lol
    Be glad you got the variable speed; even if you didn't know it had it. They're also made in 2-speed versions. I don't care for the two fixed speed ones. Maybe if it was always going to be in a stand it would be better.
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    Re: Milwaukee portable band saw question

    I use a plastic spring clamp.
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    Re: Milwaukee portable band saw question

    I use a velcro tie wrap. If l want to use the saw off the stand l don't have to cut a zip tie and then find a new one.
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    Re: Milwaukee portable band saw question

    Quote Originally Posted by Teggy1 View Post
    I use a plastic spring clamp.
    That's what I do too. Thought that was what Swag recommended when I bought their stand...

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    Re: Milwaukee portable band saw question

    Quote Originally Posted by BD1 View Post
    Depending on your needs, consider getting a second one and make your own stand and table . There are many posts on this.
    On mine I zip tie and as mention have a '' double switched '' outlet . With the double switch I use one for the portaband and one for a belt sander . My first one is over 10 years old and the blue one I did this past summer. I bought both of them cheap cheap because of busted castings. That's why they are in the stands permanently.
    That's also what I did with the portaband I got off craigslist. Made a stand, zip tied the trigger on, then make a switched plug as a control. I only have 1 switch to control the outlet because I plan to have a shopvac come on the same time as the saw. I don't want filings to build up on the bottom roller.



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    Re: Milwaukee portable band saw question

    [QUOTE=PDXsparky;8051941]That's also what I did with the portaband I got off craigslist. Made a stand, zip tied the trigger on, then make a switched plug as a control. I only have 1 switch to control the outlet because I plan to have a shopvac come on the same time as the saw. I don't want filings to build up on the bottom roller.

    That turned out nice. You could easily adapt that to a floor stand if needed. Sometimes having it mobile helps.

    I use mine every time I'm in the shop for something. Being able to hold the smaller material for cutting is great. It saves so much time from clamping and unclamping in a vise.
    Even if you use a post vise that opens and closes quickly it still saves time.

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    Re: Milwaukee portable band saw question

    I just picked up a new saw on an ebay auction. What blades do you guys recommend for the portable band saws?

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    Re: Milwaukee portable band saw question

    Quote Originally Posted by isuhunter View Post
    I just picked up a new saw on an ebay auction. What blades do you guys recommend for the portable band saws?
    10/14 tooth Morse saw bimetallic blades have done good for me.
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    Re: Milwaukee portable band saw question

    The Morse 8-11 blades are great on heavier stock, otherwise the 10-14 is also a good choice

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    Re: Milwaukee portable band saw question

    Here's how I did mine. I cut the wire tie off the switch when I close the shop down for the winter. I've seen small spring clamps used to hold the switch down, I just never remember to buy them.
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    Re: Milwaukee portable band saw question

    Here's how I built mine. I wish I had made the table bigger.
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