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Old 04-10-2017, 07:05 AM
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I agree with Damon on "good tools". Yeah, it's a chunk of $'s, but is also a very strong and useful tool. Do watch the throat clearance issue, a deep cut will be more versatile and I have always liked the Milwaukee over the other models listed. If you design your stand to be portable, you can do a lot of other task with the saw.
It will also do very good duty as a resaw for your handle material such as splitting blanks and cutting the gummier exotics and stabilized woods (less stress than on your wood band saw). The wider blade and slower speed make it easier to make longer splits clean and straight.
Don't get me wrong the side grinder is a very useful hardworking tool, but my portaband sees as much work time in my shop.
I don't think you would regret the purchase for long.

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