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Old 09-26-2019, 10:49 PM   #1
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Default Milwaukee vs Dewalt corded bandsaw preference?

Starting up a metal working hobby. I need to pick up a solid bandsaw. My company uses mainly Milwaukee and I tend to prefer their products for most things over Dewalt but I feel Dewalt definitely has better products in some areas.

One area I have no experience with is Dewalt when it comes to their deep cut (5 inch) bandsaws. Always liked Milwaukees but open to the others.

Curious how you guys feel about them that have used both?

Maybe another contender I should feel out?

Both of these bandsaws come in around just around 300 so kind of a wash. Mainly going to use it as a versatile bench setup with a fancy adapter but never know when I'll need it to free hand hence not looking for a dedicated bench bandsaw...for now.
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Starting up a metal working hobby. I need to pick up a solid bandsaw. My company uses mainly Milwaukee and I tend to prefer their products for most things over Dewalt but I feel Dewalt definitely has better products in some areas.
I'd bet they are not that much different but I would buy the Dewalt. I have Milwaukee battery tools but with corded tools that doesn't matter, no particular brand loyalty.

One of my customers has a maintenance shop with all Dewalt tools that I borrow quite a bit. They keep the Dewalt bandsaw at a bench with a vise and use it constantly. It works very well for me, and it has a little hook on the handle to hang it with, which is handy.

Not sure about this particular tool but a lot of Dewalt tools are "Built in USA" which isn't made in USA, but is hopefully closer to it than Milwaukee power tools, which are AFAIK all made in China.

I also might try the Bosch as it's about $50 less than Milwaukee and Dewalt at Home Depot. You can get a pretty good idea how it handles in the store without cutting anything. And Home Depot will take it back if you don't like it.
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Metabo makes the world's best corded bandsaw.

It's so good that its peers have changed theirs to mimic it.

Metabo is Hilti's peer rival -- for those who have never heard of this firm.

Their SDS+ corded roto-hammers beat all others.
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Starting up a metal working hobby. I need to pick up a solid bandsaw. My company uses mainly Milwaukee and I tend to prefer their products for most things over Dewalt but I feel Dewalt definitely has better products in some areas.

One area I have no experience with is Dewalt when it comes to their deep cut (5 inch) bandsaws. Always liked Milwaukees but open to the others.

Curious how you guys feel about them that have used both?

Maybe another contender I should feel out?

Both of these bandsaws come in around just around 300 so kind of a wash. Mainly going to use it as a versatile bench setup with a fancy adapter but never know when I'll need it to free hand hence not looking for a dedicated bench bandsaw...for now.
I'm a huge milwaukee fan but giving credit where credit is due,

Porter-Cable is the best bandsaw I've ever used, period.
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I'm a huge milwaukee fan but giving credit where credit is due,

Porter-Cable is the best bandsaw I've ever used, period.
But how long ago was that? I bought a Porter-Cable cordless drill in the 90s, at the time they were really good, but I think Porter-Cable has gone completely down the tubes, possibly the worst brand now.

I think the Greenlee might have been the original portaband, it was super high quality.
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But how long ago was that? I bought a Porter-Cable cordless drill in the 90s, at the time they were really good, but I think Porter-Cable has gone completely down the tubes, possibly the worst brand now.

I think the Greenlee might have been the original portaband, it was super high quality.
Nope Porta Band was Porter Cable!

I don't have a clue who makes their cordless crap but I love a Porta-Band and the Tiger Saw (best sawzall for wood there is.
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