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M12 Bandsaw 13 86.67%
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Old 12-24-2016, 10:37 PM   #1
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Default M12 bandsaw or hackzall?

Got some gift cards burning hole in my pocket and want to get some new tools. I have used both of these saws and they are great at doing what their designed to do. I know that the hackzall will cut pipe but it's not a clean cut IMO while the band saw will cut pipe and strut cleanly, (granted it takes a little longer than a full size) won't do any demo type cutting. My employer provides both M18 bandsaws and sawzalls at my current site. So anything large I'm grabbing the bigger saw. This would be my own personal saw and would stay on my cart, so I don't have to go wondering the site for the tool needed.

So which would you get?
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Old 12-24-2016, 11:03 PM   #2
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Bandsaw for sure. I have both and I use the bandsaw every day while I might use the hackzall once a week tops. The m12 fuel hackzall is a damn fine tool to have in the stable but the bandsaw is a must have if you're running pipe and strut most days.


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Both but the bandsaw will be a daily user. It really is an awesome tool.
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Got some gift cards burning hole in my pocket and want to get some new tools. I have used both of these saws and they are great at doing what their designed to do. I know that the hackzall will cut pipe but it's not a clean cut IMO while the band saw will cut pipe and strut cleanly, (granted it takes a little longer than a full size) won't do any demo type cutting. My employer provides both M18 bandsaws and sawzalls at my current site. So anything large I'm grabbing the bigger saw. This would be my own personal saw and would stay on my cart, so I don't have to go wondering the site for the tool needed.

So which would you get?
Depends what you do daily. If you're in commercial I say without a doubt bandsaw. If you're in residential and just starting out I would suggest the hacksaw. The hacksaw can do more things but the bandsaw does what it can smoother.

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I voted bandsaw but if you only do resi I might go with the haxzall. I think the M12 haxzall is a joke though and hardly ever use it.
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The bandsaw is one of the most useful tools I've ever owned. Since I got it, I hardly ever use any kind of sawzall anymore.
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I voted bandsaw but if you only do resi I might go with the haxzall. I think the M12 haxzall is a joke though and hardly ever use it.
99% resi for me and I use the bandsaw enough to say get it before the other option.... I owned the hack before the bandsaw but rarely use it now.
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I have an 18v bandsaw that takes up a lot of eal estate and love the M12 bandsaw for it's size and weight.
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I really like the 12volt bandsaw.
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Old 12-25-2016, 08:33 AM   #10
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I've used the hackzall and I wasn't impressed. I own the m12 bandsaw and I couldn't be without it.
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I might do pipework once a month so I use a Hackzall. The trick to using a Hackzall on EMT is to make sure the blade is sharp, keep the shoe snug against the pipe and rock it back and forth slightly. The problem guys are probably having with a Hackzall is chatter but it's no different than a Sawzall - keep the shoe snug to whatever you're cutting.

If I did more pipework I would buy a bandsaw but a Hackzall is so versatile I take it in to almost every job. I couldn't live without it.
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Old 12-25-2016, 09:12 AM   #12
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For guys who pipe work daily, I can see the bandsaw. I have the 18v hacksall and love it. I could see the 12v version for more delicate work. I've tried the 18v circular saw and multi tool and those are likely higher on the list of wants.
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I use bandsaw more then hacksall

But I definetly vote both, around $100 each
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99% resi for me and I use the bandsaw enough to say get it before the other option.... I owned the hack before the bandsaw but rarely use it now.
The m12 bandsaw is easily one of the besr designed cordless tools ever invented.
My next favorite may be the sds hammer drill.
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the m18 cuts 3 1/4"

the m12 cuts 1 5/8"


I think I'd go the extra 100 bucks, but I haven't used either one.
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Can't imagine life without my hackzall but the bandsaw is on my list too.

Mostly resi here so I can understand the comments by the pipe guys regarding the bandsaw first.
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Bandsaw all day! Mine even made my ratchet cutters obsolete..
FYI the M18 can flush-cut a pipe on the wall w/o removing one-holes
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I know it's not on the poll, but the M18 5 3/8 metal saw is awesome. The last job I was on, I ran pipe for about 10 months, and this saw cut strut and EMT effortlessly. You could get about 2 weeks out of a blade.

At one point the person running the tool crib, got some cheaper blades that sucked big time. They eventually got the Milwaukee blades again, and even though they cost more, they were worth it.

I have used the bandsaw. It worked great, however the blade kept popping off. Even with very little side pressure on the blade while cutting. Maybe it needed a new blade, or an adjustment, or both.

And the skill saw is more compact.

In addition, when working with steel stud, if you needed to plunge cut studs, you didn't need another tool. Very infrequently we needed a sawsall in tight quarters.
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I know it's not on the poll, but the M18 5 3/8 metal saw is awesome. The last job I was on, I ran pipe for about 10 months, and this saw cut strut and EMT effortlessly. You could get about 2 weeks out of a blade.

At one point the person running the tool crib, got some cheaper blades that sucked big time. They eventually got the Milwaukee blades again, and even though they cost more, they were worth it.

I have used the bandsaw. It worked great, however the blade kept popping off. Even with very little side pressure on the blade while cutting. Maybe it needed a new blade, or an adjustment, or both.

And the skill saw is more compact.
More compact than the M12 bandsaw? Heck I can hang off a beam upside down and still cut a conduit with one hand.
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More compact than the M12 bandsaw? Heck I can hang off a beam upside down and still cut a conduit with one hand.
I'm not saying the bandsaw isn't compact. But the metal saw is smaller and half the weight.

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