A couple of us on here love our milwaukee Portabands. I
I know Kevin and I do.
I've used these since my early apprentice days and have loved them ever since. The portability offers numerous advantages without sacrificing quality of work capacity.
I figured I'd post this for those looking for a bandsaw but lack room. Portabands are durable and blades are cheap. They run at a low RPM and cut serious metal......accurately once you get used to it.
I'm building a table, basically a replica of the one pictured below on my 1940's Sears bandsaw.
The table is for my profile belt sander. I like the simplicity and rawness of my old bandsaw table, so that's my project.
Below shows how nice it is to use a portaband. Look carefully, the portaband is cutting a miter at 45° 1/8" think steel. With a steady hand it cuts it flat and straight.
Because it's portable you can cut on clamped parts anywhere.
If you look closely above the saw is cutting a nice miter on that 1/8" steel.
And it's accurate in my welding jig. You can see the cut-offs, all this from a stout portable saw.
Here in the jig mitered, clamped and ready for welding.
When it comes to homebuilding airplanes and equipping a shop with tools, I wouldn't even do it unless I have one. My standard bandsaw really doesn't get used much.