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Milwaukee 6232-6 6 Amp Portable Band Saw


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  • Cuts up to 4-3/4-inch x 4-3/4-inch rectangular stock and 4-3/4-inch round stock, 6 amp
  • Carrying Case
  • High torque worm gear and chain drive mechanism
  • Limited warranty, 30-day no-risk trial
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Product Information

Technical Details
Part Number 6232-8
Item Weight47 pounds
Product Dimensions18.7 x 16.9 x 8.4 inches
OriginUSA
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Item model number6232-6
ColorNA
Item Package Quantity1
Included Componentscase
Batteries Included?No
Warranty DescriptionLimited warranty, 30-day no-risk trial.
  
Additional Information
ASINB00005OBDR
Best Sellers Rank #400,528 in Home Improvement (See top 100)
Shipping Weight47 pounds
ShippingCurrently, item can be shipped only within the U.S. and to APO/FPO addresses. For APO/FPO shipments, please check with the manufacturer regarding warranty and support issues.
Date First AvailableSeptember 14, 2004
  
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Product Description

Product Description

6A, 4-3/4" Deep Cut Portable Band Saw, Has A Cutting Capacity Of 4-3/4" x 4-3/4", With High Torque & A Powerful Motor, Maintains A Steady, Optimum Blade Speed, Its Excellent Balance, High Visibility And Quick Blade Change System Make It Very Easy To Work With, With All Ball And Roller Bearing Construction & Worm Gear & Chain Drive Mechanism, This Tool Is Built To Last, Has A Self-Lubricating System That Protects It From Wear & Ensures A Long & Useful Life, No Oiling Needed, Includes The 4-3/4" Band Saw and Carrying Case

From the Manufacturer

Milwaukee's deep cut portable band saws have a cutting capacity of 4-3/4-inch-by-4-3/4-inch. With high torque and a powerful motor this band saw will maintain a steady, optimum blade speed. The excellent balance, high visibility and quick blade change system make this band saw easy to work with. Using an all ball and roller bearing construction, and worm gear and chain drive mechanism this tool is built to last. A self-lubricating system is used for maximum wear resistance and long life. No oiling is needed.

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Much faster and smoother than my sawzall.
CD
Milwaukee is offering a 5 year warranty on the saw so ownership costs should be very low.
R. Foo
I would recommend this saw to anyone who wants high-quality band saw.
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92 of 92 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on August 2, 2002
You've probably seen one of these Milwaukee portable band saws around on various job sites for years. The 6232-6 is Milwaukee's kit number for the 6230 variable-speed, deep-cut band saw with a blow molded plastic storage case.
I bought the 6230 band saw for the same reasons that everbody else does, to cut steel strut, pipe and conduit. Although it doesn't cut nearly as fast as a chop saw, this tool does have certain advantages over and above even the best chop saws. The most obvious being that you can bring this tool to the work as opposed to bringing the work to the tool. It also doesn't require dedicated space and the ampere draw is much lower for generator-powered job sites.
It has the capacity to handle up to 4" heavy-wall rigid conduit or black iron pipe and it's heck of a lot faster than a hacksaw or pipe cutter. It also makes a much cleaner, straighter cut. The variable-speed switch makes it easier to start a cut and to control the saw throughout the entire cut than with the older style two-speed models, especially when cutting thin wall material like EMT or softer materials like brass.
The 44-7/8" X ½" X .020 blade runs at up to 350 FPM, and good quality bi-metal blades are relatively inexpensive at a little under six dollars apiece. They do last a fairly long time when cutting mild steel, but for cutting thicker material, stainless steel or hardened tool steel, it makes sense to spend a little extra and get a true cobalt blade such as the Morse cobalt varied-pitch 10-14 TPI or else you'll be replacing bi-metal blades every few minutes. The saw comes with one 14 TPI bi-metal blade installed. I wouldn't recommend buying regular carbon steel blades because they don't last very long at all and the better bi-metal blades are usually only a few cents more in price anyway.
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33 of 33 people found the following review helpful By R. Foo on October 18, 2005
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My experience with portable band saws started with an earlier version of the Milwaukee 6230 (the 6230 and the 6232-6 are the same model) and it was the two speed model. That two speed model worked very well in cutting Uni-Strut and rigid conduit. My only problem with the saw was that it had two speeds, low and high. The low speed was ok, but you could not "ease" into the cut or switch into high while cutting.

When my electrical job was done I sold that saw and used an abrasive chop saw for a long time for cutting conduit and Uni-Strut. While at a job site I saw a guy with a Milwaukee 6230 Deep Cut Band Saw. It was a variable speed saw and what appeared to be a slightly larger capacity cut. I tried it and it would start at a crawl and go to full speed (and any speed in between) by pulling the trigger. I was hooked! I had to get one.

The chop saw was fine except that it was loud, threw sparks everywhere and the cut often left a large sharp burr that had to be filed or ground down. The portable band saw could do everything I needed to do and then some. It was also quiet, did not pull a lot of power (current out of an electrical outlet) when cutting, did not leave a large burr after cutting, and it sliced through Uni-Strut, conduit, re-bar, all thread rod, and anything else metal, like a hot knife through butter.

The Milwaukee 6230 quickly became my favorite cut off tool. The name plate on the tool says 6230. The kit I bought was called the 6232-6 and the saw came with a 14 TPI (teeth per inch) bi-metal blade and a plastic carry case. The cutting capacity for round stock is 4-3/4" and square stock of 4-3/4" x 4-3/4". It operates on 120 volts AC only and has a range of 0-350 feet per minute (no load speed) on the blade and the motor draws 6 amps.
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24 of 27 people found the following review helpful By Bruce E. Munck on March 30, 2007
I cut a lot of conduit at work and had used band saws belonging to others several times. Finally I decided to take the plunge and buy one of my own. I had never used a deep-cut model and will probably never cut anything larger than unistrut, so my selection was based on the variable-speed feature more than anything else. To cut to the chase, this saw is a bit awkward to use...Milwaukee located the motor dead in the line of sight of the blade and it's harder to get and keep the cut on a line than with the standard depth saw. It cuts very well and the variable speed control is great, but after using the standard depth model (which affords great visibility for making cuts) this one is somewhat of a letdown. Had I tried one in the field first I would not have bought one. In terms of quality, it's a Milwaukee...! I just wish the design were more user-friendly.
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5 of 6 people found the following review helpful By New User on February 7, 2007
I just receive my 6232-6 today. It can with red plastic case. I was surprised to see the saw is Made-In-USA. It came with 5-year warranty. Amazon has the best deal. All other deals including e-bay charges shipping from $40-75 dollars. Amazon is free. I would recommend this saw to anyone who wants high-quality band saw.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By bill704 on September 18, 2008
I've owned mine for over 6 years now (my kit box is a metal one) and have had zero problems with it, with the right blade this Milwaukee saw will cut through most anything you need to cut. In my trade we mostly use it to cut metal, i.e. threaded rod, Uni-Strut, steel pipe, etc., etc. This saw is absolutely bomb-proof AND heavy.

Weight is the only negative aspect of this saw. If you're in the market for a portable band saw do yourself a favor and check them out in person, the weight of this saw will surprise you.

Because of the weight issue, this saw is now mated to a: Milwaukee 48-08-0260 Band Saw Table
This is the perfect mate for this saw, the cuts are clean & straight plus the blades last longer because the saw is not flopping around.

Because the Milwaukee is not that portable anymore, the replacement for it is the: Porter-Cable 97724 Porta Band 6 Amp Portable Band Saw. My Porter Cable saw (about 5 years old now) is as durable as the Milwaukee and it's quite a bit lighter, at the end of the day is when you really notice the weight difference.

Replacement service parts are available & easy to get for both saws, I can't see myself giving up either saw.
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