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M12 Bandsaw 13 86.67%
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Old 12-25-2016, 12:57 PM   #21
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I'm not saying the bandsaw isn't compact. But the metal saw is smaller and half the weight.

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I've told them about the metal saw for a while. Seems most don't like the sound? Probably don't like impacts as well then.

I'd say if in residential and on a budget grab the hack saw. You can cut out boxes in drywall, shearwall etc .. where the bandsaw won't reach. You also can cut out old boxes.

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Old 12-25-2016, 01:27 PM   #22
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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.
How often do you cut 3" as opposed to all thread and smaller emt?
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I've told them about the metal saw for a while. Seems most don't like the sound?
I can see that. For the most part all the electricians would wear hearing protection. But when other trades were around, we would always warn them. Especially when cutting steel stud.

We may not have been popular with other trades because of the noise, but this saw is a fast and efficient tool.
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I wouldn't be supplying ANY powertools for my employer, and you shouldn't either lest you be branded a kiss ass shoprocket.
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How often do you cut 3" as opposed to all thread and smaller emt?
whenever I have to
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My point is carrying and using a larger saw for a job you do every month or so as opposed to the smaller saw that you would use daily makes little sense.

I would normally be cutting 3" or larger pipe in a vise and having a corded saw there isn't a big deal.

I have a saw that has a 3"+ capacity and I have been wanting to get the smaller easier to tote saw just for the convenience of it.
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My point is carrying and using a larger saw for a job you do every month or so as opposed to the smaller saw that you would use daily makes little sense.

I would normally be cutting 3" or larger pipe in a vise and having a corded saw there isn't a big deal.

I have a saw that has a 3"+ capacity and I have been wanting to get the smaller easier to tote saw just for the convenience of it.
well, like I said, I haven't used either, but I'd likely go for the slightly larger one.

you wouldn't be cutting 3" with it, but you sure as heck would be cutting 2" with it, and not with the smaller one. And I could see where it might be better cutting the larger strut with the larger one, anyway.


but that's just me. I don't know how much a$$ the little things have, anyway.

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Right tool for the job, get one of each.
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Right tool for the job, get one of each.
Would love to but money only allows for one or the other at the moment.
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but that's just me. I don't know how much a$$ the little things have, anyway.
The coolest thing about the little M12 bandsaw is it doesn't have much a$$ at all - the blade doesn't rip at a screaming speed - yet it cuts so nice and fast you won't believe it. I get a kick out of it every time I use it. You quickly realize how much more efficient a bandsaw is than a reciprocating saw - the reciprocating saw isn't cutting half the time, and wastes a lot of energy changing directions.

It cuts the tall strut fine - I think they planned it, because it's close.

Like with the M12 impact and drill, I use the M12 much more, but you do need to have something bigger for certain tasks. For me, the bigger saws don't really need to be cordless.

I bought and returned the m12 hacksall, it just didn't fill a spot for me. I'd rather use a hand saw, a corded recip saw, or the oscillating tool.
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I have the M12 bandsaw, and the M18 hackzall.

I do mostly residential.

I find the hackzall is great for ripping out a large section of drywall or cutting the odd 2x4 out of the way. It definitely has its uses.

But, I find that the bandsaw does some very specific things I need, and does them well.

We do rewires regularly, and it is indispensable in demoing old BX wire. I just couldn't see doing it any other way.

As others have said, it is great for small conduit. Occasionally I have to do a job involving wiremold, and it cuts that with ease.

Don't discount the bandsaw's value just because you don't work in commercial or industrial environments.
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