View Full Version : Metal Bandsaw or Cut-Off Saw?

15-02-2015, 03:52 PM

What would be your choice between these metal cutting saws to achieve accurate and square cuts as possible, in the same price range? (500-600 eu)
I need to cut metal box 60*60*6 up to 100*50*8mm

Thanks in advance!

Sealey Metal Cutting Band saw Saw


Bosch Dry Cut Metal Cut-Off Saw


15-02-2015, 04:12 PM
Bandsaws of any kind do tend to wander sometimes, especially if the teeth on one side are more worn than the other. Also which has the cheapest consumables ? blade band vs disc'
I imagine the bandsaw could cut bigger cross section material, but if all you want is 60x60 than both would do.

15-02-2015, 06:12 PM
i have the clarke version of that bandsaw
and found the stand was made from 2mm sheet
and bent where the rear wheels where.
great for cutting big stuff as you can just leave it to get on with it.
without having to hold the handle etc.
but as eddy said. they do tend to wander.

for straight cuts i got an evolution rage 2 cut off saw.

Boyan Silyavski
15-02-2015, 08:47 PM
I have both similar band saw and the RAGE 2.

I use much more often the Rage. Its faster. However my advice will be to get the Makita, Dewalt or Bosch dry saw, as the Rage is a hype, nothing more than geared Chinese crap. Its flimsy, the base is twisting when loaded with 100x100, no fast lock clamp. I knew that before but there a was a momentary monetary weaknes, so i bought it against my better judgement. Well, it payed itself on my first machine, so who cares.

Apart from steel the dry cut saw cuts aluminum and wood like a butter.

However if i had 500-600 quid budget, i would look at second hand pro liquid cooled dry cut saw or a bigger real liquid cooled band saw. cause these are toy really for a serious workshop.

By the way i buy my band saw blades from here- http://www.tuffsaws.co.uk/ top quality and service.

Web Goblin
15-02-2015, 09:29 PM
I have just bought myself a small engineer series bandsaw from Axminster power tools. Not a bad little saw. Its fine for the workshop seeing as I wont exactly be killing it with work. It took around 20 minutes to cut a 75mm square aluminium block but again I wasn't pushing it hard, I just left it to cut while I did something else. Cut is not bad at all. Major bonus is that you can use it indoors without worrying about sparks flying.
I also have a dry cut abrasive chop saw which I use for my fencing jobs. Quick and dirty on mild steel bars and tubing but I wouldn't like to use it indoors with anything flammable around.
Really depends on what you want it for and where you are going to use it.

15-02-2015, 09:56 PM
I've got a rage 2 and whilst its not the highest quality bit of kit, for the price it's awesome and when patient setting up I've cut within a fraction of a millimetre with it.

15-02-2015, 11:51 PM
No fans of the vertical band saw around here?

16-02-2015, 12:41 AM
they have there uses trispectiv.

but for a straight cut end, il use the cut off saw.

16-02-2015, 07:55 AM
they have there uses trispectiv.

but for a straight cut end, il use the cut off saw.

Agreed. I love my vertical bandsaw but not for this kind of work. You would be standing there for ever and the cut wouldn't be straight in the end anyway. Get a cold cutoff you won't regret it!

16-02-2015, 11:28 AM
I got this horizontal band saw http://www.axminster.co.uk/axminster...utting-bandsaw which I use for chopping up small billets etc. You've got to set it up and keep an eye on it bt it's pretty accurate. Advantage is that it'll cut at angles too which comes in handy and you can leave it going whilst doing something else.


If you're cutting lots of 90 cuts then a cut off saw would be better.

17-02-2015, 11:12 AM
I used to cut a lot of steel and aly section, started off with a bandsaw but moved on to the cut off saw, would definitely say the cut off saw. Bandsaw was very slow and the cuts were not as accurate as the cut off, just need to be aware that the cut off saw produces a lot of swarf and plenty of sparks if cutting steel although the blades with teeth produce less sparks than the grinding wheel type. Would also choose the Bosch brand over sealey any day. I have also used the Fury saw, a capable machine for the money although a bit 'light weight'. Dewalt also make good machines but are not cheap but then again my dewalt sliding mitre saw has been going for over 15 years without a problem.


17-02-2015, 11:05 PM
I like the Rage cutoff, I used mine to cut a lot of old type thick walled steel scaffold poles into 6' lengths, if I need a lot of cuts fast then out it comes, it would be nice to make a better base & vice arrangement for it. The Rage is not for Titanium or any but free-machining stainless though.
The Rapidor Manchester power hacksaw does most of the cutting in my workshop, it's not fast but it runs unattended up the corner leaving me free for other work during cuts, it handles just about anything up to about 6" diameter and the blades last an unprecedented length of time, my last blade was over a year old when it's cuts slowed noticeably signalling time for replacement.
The Sealey horizontal band saw fits between the two in terms of capabilities and doesn't get much use at the moment,

- Nick