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    Re: HF 4 in. x 6 in. Horizontal/Vertical Metal Cutting Band Saw. Is it any good?

    Quote Originally Posted by smithdoor View Post
    Conduit and gas lines saw works great

    FYI I found replacing is faster that tracing. If one bad spot there a new bad spot tomorrow.
    That's true but it could just be as simple as a bad receptacle. Also tracing will help me map out the circuit if i need to run new wire. Im just a handy man, not an electrician. There are a few receptacles I haven't changed yet but I'm not sure if they are on the same circuit or not. I haven't changed the receptacles in one of the rooms because i use it for storage and its full of stuff which makes changing them difficult, and one is outside, I haven't checked that one yet either. My receptacles are old and many were bad and needed changed. I wonder if the breaker itself could be bad too. I doubt it but it may be possible i guess?. I just cant understand how a run of wire would be bad unless mice got in the walls and chewed it up. I do have a mice problem where i live, also raccoons, possum, skunks and groundhogs. One time i opened the cabinet door under my sink and saw a baby possum hissing at me. He got in through a hole in the floor where pipes come in. I fixed that problem. I have raccoons on my porch sometimes eating the cat food. I'll have to fix that problem too. Something chewed up my data cable outside for my internet. I dont know what did that. If i need to change a chewed up wire im thinking of using armored cable.
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    Re: HF 4 in. x 6 in. Horizontal/Vertical Metal Cutting Band Saw. Is it any good?

    This guy has a cool modification for tightening down the miter fence on his HF bandsaw. He has 7 other mod videos in a playlist for modifying and adjusting this bandsaw but so far this is the only one I've watched.



    This guy also has HF bandsaw tune up videos. I haven't watched them yet either.

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    Re: HF 4 in. x 6 in. Horizontal/Vertical Metal Cutting Band Saw. Is it any good?

    This is a cool modification for quickly installing a saw table for vertical use without needing to bolt and unbolt the table.


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    Re: HF 4 in. x 6 in. Horizontal/Vertical Metal Cutting Band Saw. Is it any good?

    Quote Originally Posted by smithdoor View Post
    When working in shop I had hacksaw hanging on rollaway. It save steps only used up to 1/2" round bars.
    Yeah. I have a hacksaw hanging on the wall right in front of the big vise.

    It's quicker and simpler to grab that and get to work, for the smallest projects, instead of getting out the portable bandsaw or the angle grinder with cutoff wheel.
    HF MIG-180 with all the mods.
    Grizzly H8153 Stick/Tig Pulse 130/160.
    Wards PowrKraft AC-230. Stick & carbon arc.

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    Re: HF 4 in. x 6 in. Horizontal/Vertical Metal Cutting Band Saw. Is it any good?

    Quote Originally Posted by California View Post
    Yeah. I have a hacksaw hanging on the wall right in front of the big vise.

    It's quicker and simpler to grab that and get to work, for the smallest projects, instead of getting out the portable bandsaw or the angle grinder with cutoff wheel.
    I had a HF 180 Mig. the only thing i didn't like was the cheap 6' torch. HTP sells better and longer torches for that welder. I was going to buy one but i ended up selling it because i needed money for home repairs, and i already had a Lincoln 180 that i bought used. I still have a HF stick welder that i like.

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    Re: HF 4 in. x 6 in. Horizontal/Vertical Metal Cutting Band Saw. Is it any good?

    Quote Originally Posted by Need Advice View Post
    I had a HF 180 Mig. the only thing i didn't like was the cheap 6' torch. HTP sells better and longer torches for that welder. I was going to buy one but i ended up selling it because i needed money for home repairs, and i already had a Lincoln 180 that i bought used. I still have a HF stick welder that i like.

    Yeah. My Mig-180 has every upgrade the first owner could think of. The HTP 10 ft torch you mentioned, heavier ground and power cables, a capacitor that can be switched in/out, a custom low-friction hub he machined for 10" reels, some other upgrades. It works great. The guy was obviously a hobbyist experimenter just playing with it, and he sold it for near nothing when he ran out of new projects for it and moved on to some new project. It looked new and may not have had more than a couple hours of use.

    I doubt a welder from HF in that generation has a good expectation for long term reliability. But aside from that I think this is the equal of a pro-grade welder from the perspective of actually using it. Best $25 I ever spent! I'm happy with it.
    HF MIG-180 with all the mods.
    Grizzly H8153 Stick/Tig Pulse 130/160.
    Wards PowrKraft AC-230. Stick & carbon arc.

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    Re: HF 4 in. x 6 in. Horizontal/Vertical Metal Cutting Band Saw. Is it any good?

    Quote Originally Posted by California View Post
    Yeah. My Mig-180 has every upgrade the first owner could think of. The HTP 10 ft torch you mentioned, heavier ground and power cables, a capacitor that can be switched in/out, a custom low-friction hub he machined for 10" reels, some other upgrades. It works great. The guy was obviously a hobbyist experimenter just playing with it, and he sold it for near nothing when he ran out of new projects for it and moved on to some new project. It looked new and may not have had more than a couple hours of use.

    I doubt a welder from HF in that generation has a good expectation for long term reliability. But aside from that I think this is the equal of a pro-grade welder from the perspective of actually using it. Best $25 I ever spent! I'm happy with it.
    Wow, you got a good deal.

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