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Since I recently learned how to weld, I’ve been experimenting with different methods of cutting metal. I typically use an angle grinder, but with so many different tools on the market I thought I would start experimenting with other options. Today I’m going to show you how I cut tube steel using my new Makita Portable Compact Band Saw.
To be totally honest with you, I have to admit that when I first got this saw, I was a bit skeptical about its ability to cut through tube steel. I wondered how something so lightweight with such a thin blade could cut through steel without a problem. But I was pleasantly surprised to say the least. This little saw cut through tube steel like butter! It was effortless. Now that I’m getting into more metalworking, I definitely think this tool will be a major part of my arsenal.
First, I assembled the saw, and I found that the blade was extremely easy to install. One convenient feature is the tool-less blade change lever for fast installation and removal of the blade. I’m always a fan of any feature that helps save me time. There’s also a built in LED light that illuminates your work area.
This saw runs on a Makita 18 volt lithium ion battery. The wheel cover encloses the blade outside the cutting area which makes it safe for one-handed operation, and the motor delivers 630 ft./min. blade speed for faster cutting. I love that it’s cordless, portable, and versatile, with the ability to cut a variety of metal materials. This saw would be super convenient if you had to travel to different job sites, but I love it just for using it around my workshop. It has 2 1/2″ cutting capacity which is ideal for cutting things like conduit, Unistrut®, copper pipe, threaded rod, angle iron, and channel. I think whether you are a professional contractor or just a hobbyist, this tool would come in handy for anyone who works with metal.
So let’s talk about my experience testing it out. I clamped my 3/4″ square tube steel with my vice to make sure it was secured and wouldn’t wiggle around when cutting.
I marked where I needed to cut, and then started the blade before making contact with the steel. Once the blade was at full speed, I started cutting without applying force. The blade did all the work and I just guided it straight down.
Worked like a charm!
It was surprisingly easy to use, and like I said, I was thoroughly impressed with its performance. It cut through the steel significantly faster than my angle grinder, and is lighter weight too.Plus, unlike my angle grinder, since it’s cordless I can use it anywhere on our property. I did buy some Makita cutting wax which you can use to protect the blade and lubricate it for cutting, but I haven’t tried it out yet.
Overall, I can say without a doubt that this tool will be in heavy rotation in my workshop. What would you use this compact band saw for? Let me know in the comments!
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