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Every so often I need to cut a piece of metal for a bracket or some such. And this weekend I got a bargain on a metal-cutting bandsaw. (Yes, it's hefty. It's probably more than I need.) I'd like to take it off the current base and mount it vertical. So far I've not found a projects suitable for this size of saw. Anyone seen something suitable? (I've also considered selling this one and getting a small unit that might work as a vertical benchtop unit.)

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If this is bigger then you need, sell it and then getting  one of the hand held models might be more suitable to your needs. 

If you don't use it a lot this will probably be enough.  Just clamp it in your vise to use vertically.

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That saw is great when you're cutting thick material. You can start the cut, go do something else while the saw is doing its job.

I'd sell it if you don't need it.

That said, Adam Savage added a stand to his  portable metal bandsaw, maybe you can get some ideas out of it:

 

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IMG_3185.thumb.JPG.1e7ea8bdabdba631f93ab21610cc8c53.JPGThat saw should have a little table for it, and is easily converted to a vertical saw.  Raise it all the way up, and there should be some sort of a lever, or arm to put in place to lock it vertical.  Mine in a yardsale Enco.  I used it not too long ago both horizontally, and vertically, to build a base for a welder.  Here is a picture of the Enco in vertical mode.  That black arm you see below the table is the lock to hold it securely vertical.  These saws make a much prettier cut than an abrasive blade chop saw.

I needed the vertical cuts to get the corners of this base to fit together before I welded them.IMG_3190.thumb.JPG.2401666ee9300f4ed826f8a677b6c3ed.JPG

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I would keep that one. Much easier to use a big machine for a small project, than the other way around. That looks like it can handle almost any common merchant bar size you are likely to need.

If you want to cut curves, a vertical bandsaw with a steel-cutting blade would be better, I suppose. 

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