The first and most important aspect that you need to consider when buying a portable bandsaw is its motor. When choosing a portable bandsaw, checking its motor’s amps should be your top priority. In general, the higher the amps, the better its performance as the motor dissipates heat faster, thus extending its lifespan.
Another factor you need to consider is if the bandsaw contains a carbon brush or if it has a brushless motor. A brushed motor features a carbon brush that transmits electrical current from its stator to its rotor. Older bandsaws and other power tools typically have brushed motors, making them more affordable. The only downside with brushed motors is that they eventually wear out and need to be replaced now and then.
On the other end of the spectrum are brushless motors. Brushless motors contain an electronic circuit board instead of a carbon brush. This makes them more powerful and efficient than bandsaws with brushed motors. The bad news? They are pricier than their brushed counterparts.
Corded vs Cordless Bandsaw
Portable bandsaws fall into two different categories when it comes to the power source: corded and cordless. Corded portable bandsaws are plugged directly into a wall outlet. Because these tools have a consistent power source, they are ideal for DIYers who work mainly at home. Being tethered to an outlet, however, can seriously limit the tool’s portability.
Cordless bandsaws, which are battery-powered, are more portable. Want to cut that steel beam or that protruding rebar? Then a cordless portable bandsaw is your best bet.
Check the portable bandsaws’ weight before buying one. You might be planning to use it to cut steel beams or rebars located high up in the wall, so the tool might bog you down if you don’t have enough arm strength or if it’s too heavy. The Ryobi P590 ONE+ Cordless Portable Band Saw, for example, only weighs 9.3 lbs. Contrast this with the DEWALT DCS374P2 20V MAX Portable Band Saw Kit that weighs a pretty hefty 25 lbs.
Another important aspect to consider when choosing the right portable bandsaw is its cutting capacity. The bandsaw’s cutting capacity simply refers to the distance between the blade and the throat. If you’re planning to cut thicker workpieces, then it’s best to get a tool with a deeper cutting capacity.
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