Discussion in 'Construction' started by SnipeHunter, Aug 7, 2015.

  1. SnipeHunter

    SnipeHunter Well-Known Member

    Aug 22, 2007
    Yeah for the big stuff a large miter saw is super handy but the small chop saw would be for small tubes/rods that I never cut as straight as i'd like with a dremel or by hand and sometimes the mini tubing cutter deforms the end an annoying amount. Having a small dedicated chop saw seems handy, I might have to give that Harbor Freight one a shot. A "small" horizontal band saw was on the list for cutting large metal stock, not sure I'm going to pull the trigger on that as it seems like a vertical band saw should be more useful but I'm not convinced that is really is so that's all up in the air at the moment.
  2. jch72

    jch72 Active Member

    Nov 1, 2009
    Greensboro, North Carolina, United States
    I have a vertical band saw also and I find I use the portable one a lot more often. But they are different primary uses - the horizontal is mostly good for wood and good at cutting out shapes / slots like a jig saw, while the portable band saw or a horizontal one is primarily the same use as a chop saw, for making a straight cut across an object.
  3. Nick Park

    Nick Park Member

    Jun 16, 2009
    I've got beer in my workshop :)
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