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    HF Portaband on sale

    I have one of these and recommend it. I also have a Milwaukee one.

    On Sale $89.99 until 10/31


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    Re: HF Portaband on sale

    I bought one of these to cut some 2” solid round stock .worked good good for me.

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    Re: HF Portaband on sale

    I had to return mine because the drive wheel was off-center so the blade was tight on only half each revolution.
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    Re: HF Portaband on sale

    Indispensable tool. I have a Milwaukee, but that's a great price if it's comparable.

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    Re: HF Portaband on sale

    I've been considering finding a used Milwaukee deepthroat 18v Fuel portaband and getting a Dewalt battery to Milwaukee tool adapter then selling the corded Milwaukee portaband it would be replacing that I use for hand held saw cutting. If I didnt have two Milwaukee portabands already I'd be getting one of these HF portabands to see if it is worth it.
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    Re: HF Portaband on sale

    You get what you pay for.
    Several people in another thread all said the same thing about the wheels being out of round.

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    Re: HF Portaband on sale

    Quote Originally Posted by danielplace View Post
    You get what you pay for.
    Several people in another thread all said the same thing about the wheels being out of round.
    I haven't seen that thread.

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    Re: HF Portaband on sale

    A friend and I each have owned one of these for a couple of years. I made a table mount for the friend's saw, so we have one available that maintained portability and one that is fixed. Friend uses his almost daily with no problems. Mine is rarely used, but does a great job when needed. We put new bands on both saws early on, following recommendations by others online.

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    One thing with the rubber bands be sure to loosen the band tensioner when in using it or you will deform the rubber.
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    Re: HF Portaband on sale

    Quote Originally Posted by Broccoli1 View Post
    I have one of these and recommend it. I also have a Milwaukee one.

    On Sale $89.99 until 10/31

    Do they both take the same size band saw blade ?

    I like my Milwaukee, but I think I payed over $400 for it about 16 years ago. Its still in nice shape, but would be nice to have one like that for the helpers to use on field jobs.
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    Re: HF Portaband on sale

    Quote Originally Posted by albrightree View Post
    Do they both take the same size band saw blade ?

    I like my Milwaukee, but I think I payed over $400 for it about 16 years ago. Its still in nice shape, but would be nice to have one like that for the helpers to use on field jobs.
    I believe all the full size deep cut porta bands run the same 44 7/8" length.
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    Quote Originally Posted by danielplace View Post
    I believe all the full size deep cut porta bands run the same 44 7/8" length.
    yeah, My HF and Milwaukee use the same 44-7/8

    I have been using the Morse 8/11 blades.... and I like them... but I'd like to try something else next time as comparison ..

    Any suggestions? what are ya'll using? (general purpose/mild steel mainly)
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    Re: HF Portaband on sale

    The bauer 4” belt sander I got from HF seems the speed control bottom has a mind if it’s own. And the 20% off coupon don’t won’t on Bauer stuff at HF. I may exchange mine

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    Re: HF Portaband on sale

    Quote Originally Posted by John T View Post
    yeah, My HF and Milwaukee use the same 44-7/8

    I have been using the Morse 8/11 blades.... and I like them... but I'd like to try something else next time as comparison ..

    Any suggestions? what are ya'll using? (general purpose/mild steel mainly)
    I really like the Lenox 14/18 TPI blades. They seem to be about the toughest ones against cracking and just last longer than many other ones I have used.

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    Re: HF Portaband on sale

    I use my portabands all the time, the milwaukee tool is obviously nicer but I've never been "held back" or let down by the HF units. Again they are not as smooth, or as nice, but strictly getting the job done I've had zero problems with them.

    I like the lennox blades just a tad better but the milwaukee blades are more widely available here in different TPIs. They seem to be pretty comparable these days, along with the HF bauer brand blades. There was a noticeable difference IMO before (2 or 3 years ago even) but nowadays I think it just comes down to price and availability as I haven't noticed one is really any better than the other (lennox, milwaukee, and bauer blades).

    I'm 99% sure the bauer made in USA harbor freight blades are morse - haven't bought too many of them lately (last 6 months) but the packs I have gone through have lasted as long as the lennox and milwaukee.

    The variable tooth TPI blades are best IMO (they will have two numbers on the TPI listing ie 14/18) and make a big difference unless you're just cutting one thickness/type of material all the time - in that case do the math to get the correct 3 tooth contact and you will get the most mileage out of it.

    My local harbor freight is really good about exchanging anything you're not satisfied with (even out of warranty), as long as the reason is valid, you're not a complete jerk about it, and you don't expect to get a cash refund for a 5 year old, well used tool (though i have literally seen them do this to get rid of a hassle). I'd say take the portaband back and see what they can do for you moto, I usually never even have to speak to a manager - just grab a new one off the shelf and i'm out after they do the exchange dance.

    I'd buy two if I was in the market for them, make one stationary (with a large base plate for vertical use) and some sort of stand/hook (I made hooks for the upper grip and "hang" the portaband against the wall for vertical use - make sure you find a way to secure it to the hooks and not just hang it as it will be wanting to move in use and will want to jump "out" of the hooks, i use a ratcheting chord holder to hold down the trigger)
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    Re: HF Portaband on sale

    Quote Originally Posted by danielplace View Post
    I really like the Lenox 14/18 TPI blades. They seem to be about the toughest ones against cracking and just last longer than many other ones I have used.
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