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Bare-Tool Milwaukee 2629-20

Bare-Tool Milwaukee 2629-20 M18 18-Volt Cordless Band Saw Review

The Milwaukee 2629-20 M18 Cordless Band Saw is the perfect tool for cutting metal in-place, overhead or in tight spots. With a cut capacity of 3-1/4 inches and low vibration, this saw provides the cleanest cuts on the most common materials, including strut, 2-1/2-inch conduit, 3-inch angle iron, 3-inch copper and threaded rod, without ruining the threads.

Features of the Bare-Tool Milwaukee 2629-20 M18 18-Volt Cordless Band Saw:

  • Lightweight enough to easily cut overhead and in tight places.
  • Tool-free adjustable material shoe allows for quick adjustments of the shoe and flush cuts when working with materials mounted on walls or ceilings.
  • LED work light illuminates the cut line in poorly lit work environments.
  • High-impact polymer for long-lasting durability.
  • Blade ejection system allows the user to quickly change the blade by moving the material guide into the up position and depressing the blade ejection button.
  • Drop-resistant pulley guard with engineered geometries.
  • 3-1/4-inch cut capacity slices through common materials such as steel, aluminum, pipe and more.
  • Designed with a cast-aluminum gear case to withstand jobsite abuse and maintain gear positioning.

Pros

  • Powerful cutting capacity makes this a suitable tool for professional electricians, technicians, and plumbers since it can easily cut through common materials and is easy to use in a wide range of applications.
  • This durable power tool is made to ensure long-term, heavy use. Made from high-quality materials, this band saw will last a long time before it wears out.
  • The adjustable material shoe makes it easier to work with wall- and ceiling-mounted materials, as adjustments, can be made to according to the work situation on the ground.
  • Compact and lightweight, this band saw works efficiently without weighing you down but is still powerful enough to handle tough jobs without difficulty.
  • The Milwaukee brand has excellent customer service.
  • Unlike the plug-in version of this band saw, the cordless Milwaukee 2629-20 M18 band saw is much smaller and lighter, making it even easier to maneuver.

Cons

  • Some reviewers said the band saw didn’t last that long with consistently heavy daily usage.
  • Blade, batteries, and charger are sold separately.

Verdict

A saw that combines comfort and convenience without compromising its powerful cutting ability, this product works best for pros who frequently need to cut aluminum or stainless steel.

Product Comparison

Product Bare-Tool Milwaukee 2629-20 M18 18-Volt Cordless Band Saw DEWALT DCS371B 20V MAX Lithium-ion, Bare Tool DEWALT DWM120K 10 Amp 5-Inch Deep Cut Portable Band Saw Kit
Dimension 17 x 12 x 4.8 inches 8.7 x 12.2 x 15.38 inches 14.2 x 23.5 x 7.9 inches
Weight 10.2 pounds 10.2 pounds 15 pounds
Warranty 5 years 3 years 3 years

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DEWALT DCS371B review

DEWALT DCS371B 20V MAX Lithium-Ion Band Saw, Bare-Tool Review

A band saw from the DEWALT line of cordless power tools, the DEWALT DCS371B 20V MAX lithium-ion band saw is lightweight and compact, weighing only 9.4 pounds (battery included) and only 15 inches long. Ideal for electrical, mechanical, HVAC and other professional contractors who require their conduit, rigid pipe, Uni-Strut, threaded rod and other materials cut up to 2-½-inch diameter.

Features of the DEWALT DCS371B 20V MAX Lithium-Ion Band Saw, Bare-Tool:

  • LED work light with 20-second delay helps to brighten dark work surfaces for safety and precise cutting.
  • 2-½-inch cut capacity cuts up to 2-inch SCH 40 pipe.
  • Centered handle position provides superior balance and ergonomics, allowing for a more accurate cut and less fatigue for the user.
  • Integrated hang hook allows you to hang the saw without damaging the front handle or base.
  • Solid blade support system. Users can easily adjust the blade tracking of the DEWALT DCS371B. With the blade tracking correctly adjusted, the life of the blade is extended, saving you from frequently replacing the blade. The dual-bearing blade guide rollers also ensure solid blade support.
  • Tool-free blade changing lever loosens blade tension to allow for easy blade change.
  • Ergonomic soft grip back handle gives comfort and flexibility.

Pros

  • One-hand operation. Although it’s not necessarily advised to use a power tool with just one hand, the main reason why this unit is preferred by electricians and plumbers is because it allows for cutting overhead and in tight corners. The fact that the tool is battery operated and cordless also helps, since you don’t have to worry about getting tangled inerrant cables when cutting.
  • Flexibility and ease of use. This is a fantastically lightweight and compactly designed band saw. Its ergonomic, soft-grip handle allows for easy, comfortable and fatigue-free use. Unlike the heavier, more cumbersome band saws out there, this one can be used comfortably for longer.
  • Superior cutting ability. With a cutting capacity of 2.5 inches, this tool can cut up to 2 inches of SCH 40 pipe. It also has a cutting speed of approximately 570 rpm.
  • Ergonomically designed. This saw was designed for both balance and ergonomics, without compromising cutting ability and performance. The centralized handle maintains balance while the motor and battery are strategically placed on opposite ends
  • Compact and lightweight. Weighing only 10.2 pounds and measuring 15 inches long, this band saw comes in handy for workers on the move.
  • The blade changing lever makes it a cinch to change the blades, with no extra tools required.
  • The band saw gives you a high degree of control, whether you’re using one or two hands, allowing for total cutting precision.
  • Long-lasting battery life.

Cons

  • Battery and charger sold separately.
  • Some reviewers faced difficulty with the safety button, saying it was tight and doesn’t slide easily to trigger the saw’s activation.

Verdict

The DEWALT DCS371B 20V MAX Lithium-Ion Band Saw, Bare-Tool maybe expensive for a small band saw, but it’s a solid tool that doesn’t disappoint. Its powerful, yet ergonomic design comes in handy for people who require accurate cutting in their daily line of work without having to worry about being weighed down by a bulky tool.

Product Comparison

Product DEWALT DCS371B 20V MAX Lithium-ion, Bare Tool Bare-Tool Milwaukee 2629-20 M18 18-Volt Cordless Band Saw MILWAUKEE Deep Cut Band Saw with Case
Dimension 8.7 inches x 12.2 inches x 15.38 inches 17 x 12 x 4.8 inches 8.1 x 22.4 x 15.4 inches
Weight 10.2 pounds 10.2 pounds 14.5 pounds
Warranty 3 years 5 years 5 years
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Coming from a highly regarded power tool brand, the DEWALT DCS371B 20V MAX Lithium-ion, Bare Tool is the best option for the price out of these three models, as the blade is included even when purchased as a bare-tool.

DEWALT DWM120K

DEWALT DWM120K 10 Amp 5-Inch Deep Cut Portable Band Saw Kit Review

This is a high-tech, portable band saw loaded with features that enhance its dependability and ease of use. With its heavy-duty construction and the high quality of the materials used in its manufacture — from the steel body to the equally sturdy components — it’s one of the more durable band saws available on the market.

Key features include adjustable speed and blade tracking. This band saw is also customizable, ensuring efficiency for any job.

Features of the DEWALT DWM120K 10 Amp 5-Inch Deep Cut Portable Band Saw Kit:

  • User-friendly. Accurate and user-friendly blade tracking adjustment allows for improved blade alignment, thus reducing wear in the long term.
  • Durable design. Rubber guards and shroud casing made of serviceable steel make this a tough, long-lasting tool. Ideal for heavy-duty use, it’s designed to survive impact with minimal damage.
  • Deep-cut capacity. Has a cut capacity of 5 x 5 inches for round materials such as pipes, and 5 x 4.75 inches for rectangular materials such as planks.
  • Powerful motor with speed control. Runs on a 10-amp motor with a speed of 100-350 rpm.
  • Ergonomic design. Equipped with a comfortable, soft-grip handle at the back, it’s easy to hold and maneuver this well-balanced band saw. There’s also a large handle at the front that can be adjusted in different directions, which is great for making accurate cuts or cutting hard-to-reach areas. This function also allows the user to adjust the handle according to his or her comfort.
  • Safe to use. The band saw’s guards have rubber bumpers to keep users safe from injury while also effectively protecting against damage.
  • LED sight light. A bright LED light makes the cutting line clear to see. It also makes the band saw safer and easier to use in poorly lit environments.
  • Hang hook. This model has a built-in hook that allows you to hang it wherever you desire for ease of access.

Pros

  • Built to last. Made of high-quality materials, this piece of equipment was clearly made to last for a long time.
  • The DEWALT DWM120K Portable Band Saw cuts very well, even through hard materials.
  • Variable speed settings give users full control, regardless of the type of job being performed.
  • The bright LED sight light is well-positioned directly behind the blade for maximum accuracy and precision.
  • Operates quietly compared to other band saws.
  • Lightweight, but still strong enough to handle jostling.

Cons

  • Some reviewers were concerned about the security of the blade storage in the case since there is no lock to secure it, thus exposing the blade to possible damage.
  • Some users purchased extra blades separately, as they felt the quality of the issued blades was not satisfactory.

Verdict

DEWALT is known for manufacturing a wide selection of some of the best-performing band saws on the market, and the DEWALT DWM120K Portable Band Saw is no exception. It’s very easy to handle and carry around, great for someone always on the move. With just a few, manageable flaws, this band saw gives you great value for your money.

Product Comparison

Product DEWALT DWM120K 10 Amp 5-Inch Deep Cut Portable Band Saw Kit Bosch BSH180-01-RT 18V Cordless Lithium-Ion 2-1/2 in. Portable Band Saw Kit MILWAUKEE Deep Cut Band Saw with Case
Dimension 14.2 x 23.5 x 7.9 inches Length: 13 inches 8.1 x 22.4 x 15.4 inches
Weight 15 pounds 8.5 pounds 14.5 pounds
Warranty 3 years 1 year 5 years
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Bosch BSH180-01-RT

Bosch BSH180-01-RT 18V Cordless Lithium-Ion 2-1/2 in. Portable Band Saw Kit Review

The Bosch BSH180-01-RT 18V Cordless Lithium-Ion 2-1/2-inch Portable Band Saw Kit is ideal for electricians, plumbers or anyone who needs to cut material in tight or overhead spaces. It’s compact, cordless and can precisely cut a variety of materials, including metal, copper pipes and plastic piping.

Features of the Bosch BSH180-01-RT 18V Cordless Lithium-Ion 2-1/2 in. Portable Band Saw Kit:

  • With a cutting capacity of 2-1/2 inches x 2-1/2 inches, the saw can cut through common materials used for electrical, plumbing and mechanical applications.
  • Up to 60 percent lighter than deep cut saws, and up to 40 percent more compact.
  • Designed to accommodate working in tight or overhead spaces.
  • Integrated LED work light illuminates cut lines when working in poorly lit environments.
  • Lightweight, rugged aluminum base allows for convenient portability.
  • Electronic cell protection (ECP) protects the battery from overload, overheating and deep discharge.
  • Flexible power system (FPS) enables the band saw to operate with FatPack or SlimPack batteries.
  • Made to endure tough working conditions.

Pros

  • Up to 60 percent lighter than deep cut saws and up to 40 percent more compact.
  • Integrated LED work lights help you see the cut line in the dark.
  • Longer cycle life. Powered by an 18-volt lithium ion battery and equipped with Bosch’s electronic cell protection, this model promises a cycle life five times that of competing lithium-ion batteries, by monitoring output levels to avoid overheating.
  • Weighing only 8.5 pounds, including the FatPack battery, this band saw is lightweight and easy to carry around, ideal for overhead applications like electrical jobs.
  • The band saw’s battery pack is strategically placed above the handle for a more balanced feel.
  • Flexible Power System. Like all tools in Bosch’s 18-volt line, this band saw can be used with a 1.3 Ah SlimPack battery, a 1.5 Ah SlimPack HC or a 2.6 Ah FatPack battery. If you want something lightweight, opt for the SlimPack batteries. For a longer runtime, go for the FatPack.
  • Fast cutting speed.

Cons

  • According to several people who reviewed this product, this band saw is not ideal for cutting large materials.
  • Because it’s factory-reconditioned, this model may have some cosmetic blemishes. It may not come with some of the consumables that new versions come with, like bits or sanding papers.

Verdict

This band saw has great features, and you can pick them up as factory reconditioned, which means that you can get them for a lot less than a saw straight off the factory line.

Product Comparison

Product Bosch BSH180-01-RT 18V Cordless Lithium-Ion 2-1/2 in. Portable Band Saw Kit DEWALT DCS371B 20V MAX Lithium-ion, Bare Tool DEWALT DWM120K 10 Amp 5-Inch Deep Cut Portable Band Saw Kit
Dimension Length: 13 inches 8.7 x 12.2 x 15.38 inches 14.2 x 23.5 x 7.9 inches
Weight 8.5 pounds 10.2 pounds 15 pounds
Warranty 1 year 3 years 3 years
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If you’re on a budget, but still need a good-performance band saw for electrical and plumbing applications, a this band saw is a decent choice. As an added bonus, it’s portable and handy for overhead applications. With a FatPack battery and charger included, it’s a great bargain.

MILWAUKEE Deep Cut Band Saw

MILWAUKEE Deep Cut Band Saw with Case Review

The MILWAUKEE Deep Cut Band Saw is durable, with best-in-class power at 11 amps, innovative cut visibility, and the industry’s largest cut capacity at 5 inches x 5 inches. It’s made with brand-exclusive composite material and crush zone barriers that provide long-lasting, robust protection.

Features of the MILWAUKEE Deep Cut Band Saw with Case:

  • Powerful 11-amp motor with constant power technology (CPT) for maximum performance and durability.
  • Job site armor technology made with an exclusive composite material, and crush zone barriers for long-lasting, rugged protection.
  • All-metal direct drive provides maximum tool life. Less servicing is required than with a chain drive.
  • Gear protecting clutch extends gear and motor life by absorbing high-impact forces caused by blade lock-ups.
  • Constant power technology (CPT) guarantees optimal performance by maintaining cut speed in the toughest applications.
  • Revolutionary cut visibility. Slimmer housing enhances the user’s line of site, thus delivering superior cut accuracy.
  • Balanced body design lets the tools rest naturally and comfortably in your hands.
  • At 14.5 pounds, users have more control over the band saw, letting you work throughout the day without fatigue.
  • LED light illuminates the work surface.
  • Tool-free locking adjustable shoe. The button-actuated tool-free design allows you to quickly adjust from an extended shoe to no shoe in seconds.
  • Largest cut capacity. Has the ability to cut up to 5 inch x 5 inch material in one pass, while adjustable shoe provides less tool rotation when cutting material above 5 inches.
  • Debris protection system ensures longer pulley life by removing debris when in use.

Pros

  • Compact and lightweight nature. Because of its lightweight design (it comes in at only 14.5 pounds), you can have more control in maneuvering the band saw without feeling fatigued after a hard day of work. Designed to be well-balanced, so you can handle it comfortably while working.
  • Superior cutting prowess. Given the extensive uses it offers, a 5-inch x 5 inch cut in just one pass tells of this tool’s superior cutting ability.
  • The slimmer motor housing is also a plus, giving the user an increased line of site during use. This is important not only for accuracy and productivity but also for safety.
  • The LED work light ensures accuracy in delivering precise and shapely cuts, even when working in poorly lit areas.
  • Reduced downtime. With the tool-free adjustable shoe that offers a three-position, button-actuated design, users can quickly adjust from an extended shoe to no shoe, which is commonly required in all major cutting applications.
  • Innovative technology. The constant power technology (CPT) feature maintains the correct speed while working on a difficult application while job site armor technology is made of brand-exclusive materials for long-lasting product protection. These features ensure optimal performance while offering product protection that most band saws lack.
  • A carrying case is included for portability.
  • Comes with variable speed.

Cons

  • The blade is not included in the kit and has to be bought separately.
  • Corded
  • According to a number of people who reviewed this product, a bigger throat would have been better.

Verdict

The MILWAUKEE Deep Cut Band Saw with Case falls on the pricier end of the band saw spectrum, but it does come loaded with innovative features — like the job site armor technology and constant power technology (CPT) — and a 5 inch x 5 inch cutting ability, giving it far more functionality than your typical band saw. However, a major drawback is that the blade is sold separately, so you have to budget extra to buy the blade.

Product Comparison

Product MILWAUKEE Deep Cut Band Saw with Case Bosch BSH180-01-RT 18V Cordless Lithium-Ion 2-1/2 in. Portable Band Saw Kit DEWALT DWM120K 10 Amp 5-Inch Deep Cut Portable Band Saw Kit
Dimension 8.1 x 22.4 x 15.4 inches Length: 13 inches 14.2 x 23.5 x 7.9 inches
Weight 14.5 pounds 8.5 pounds 15 pounds
Warranty 5 years 1 year 3 years
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