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Black Bull MBS45 4-1/2-Inch Metal Cutting Band Saw

2.8 out of 5 stars 13 customer reviews

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  • Cuts brass, aluminum rugged alloy and steel tools, miter gauge for angle cutting 45 to 90 Degree angles
  • Converts for horizontal and vertical use, full blade guard, spring loaded motor mount
  • 3 blade speeds: 60 / 120 / 220 fpm, cutting capacity: 4.5-Inch round or 4 x 6-Inch rectangular
  • Adjustable vise size: 4 x 5-Inch , 3/4 HP motor/single phase, 120 volts / 60 Hz / 500 watts / 5.4 amps
  • Overall size: 36-Inch L x 16-Inch W x 38-Inch H (closed), 36-Inch L x 16-Inch W x 54-Inch H (open), weight: 124.5-Pound, assembly required
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Product Description

The Black Bull 4.5-Inch Metal Cutting Band Saw is small in size but big on power. Ideal to have on hand for cutting brass, aluminum rugged alloy, rebar, fencing, or steel tools. A must have tool for welders and handymen on the farm or in the shop. The saw head converts to cut both horizontally and vertically, or use the miter gauge for angle cutting 90 to 45-Degree. A 6 x 8 work table makes cutting smaller objects easier, or use the self-cut by laying the saw blade on the item and let gravity do the work. This Band Saw has a cutting capacity of 4.5-Inch round or 4 x 6-Inch rectangular, with a 4 by 5-Inch adjustable vise. Safety features include a full blade guard, a locking pin that keeps the power button off, and a locking pin that keeps the saw head down for storage and transport. Two wheels and a handle make the Band Saw easy to move and maneuver.

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This is a 4-1/2 inch metal cutting band saw.

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Technical Details

Part Number MBS45
Item Weight 125 pounds
Product Dimensions 16 x 36 x 38 inches
Item model number MBS45
Color gray
Material Steel
Power Source corded-electric
Item Package Quantity 1
Included Components bare-tool
Warranty Description 90 Days Parts

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ASIN B003FGWZJU
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2.8 out of 5 stars 13 customer reviews

2.8 out of 5 stars
Best Sellers Rank #800,694 in Home Improvements (See top 100)
#204 in Home Improvement > Power & Hand Tools > Power Tools > Saws > Band Saws
Shipping Weight 125.8 pounds
Date First Available April 19, 2010

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By Daniel Bal on May 27, 2013
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Before I bought this saw I read all the reviews and really couldn't believe what I was reading. No one said anything about the way it worked but it was, let's see....packaged poorly, too heavy, and had poor instructions. So, I live in Hawaii and my saw was delivered in good condition and the box and packing were in excellent shape. My saw also came with an instruction booklet. Not very detailed but it did have a few paragraphs explaining the steps to assemble the saw and a very detailed exploded diagram. It wasn't hard at all. I must admit that after assembling the base, which I think is stronger than other saw bases with four legs I have seen pictures of, I waited a day so my helper could help me lift the substantial, heavy, cast iron deck on to the base. However, had he not been coming the next day I could have easily set up the engine hoist to lift the deck. Heavy should be one of this saw's attributes instead of a reason to complain. The deck and the frame that holds the wheels and blade are cast iron, not stamped steel. This saw will last a long time.
OK, so the blade isn't the best, but it's not horrible and I already have a starrett replacement blade for when this one gets dull. It has cool features like automatic shutoff at the end of the cut and a cast iron sliding stop for cutting many pieces the same length.
It can also cut angles up to 45 degrees. For $370 and free shipping with Amazon Prime (actually $6.99) this is a great deal!
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Firstly, the instruction book wasn't very helpful. Flip through it front to back b/c there are some disjointed instructions there and in the back of the book is an exploded diagram. Don't get the rid of the box too early, that color diagram might be helpful too.

It took over an hour for me to assemble this saw despite being an experienced engineer and mechanic for 25+ years. A few pictures in the instruction book would have gone a long way. If I assembled another saw like this, I think I could build it in 35 minutes or so. Its not hard. Start off sorting your hardware. Six bolts and six threaded holes means you are on the right path. The book won't tell you though.

The saw makes accurate cuts. Mine did not need any adjustments out of the box. The saw blade is likely an economy blade so I started off with the slowest blade speed to make it last as long as possible. I'm also not sawing anything smaller than rebar with it b/c I think it might damage the blade. Needs a finer blade for smaller materials I think.

FWIW I have a similar saw at work from the 1980s. Does great. My father also has a saw like this from the 80s and many vehicle restorations/customs later it still does a great job. Not as fast as my $4500 industrial band saw at work but this is for DIY/vehicle projects.
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If you decide to buy this, you can make it work and may feel that it's worth the price. I am included in that scenario and feel eventually it will be a decent saw. With that said, this is made in China.... The manual is almost less-than-worthless, a mere paragraph describing building the fragile base that "forgets" to tell you about essential parts. I am a mechanic with 40 years so I thought it would be a snap to build. The only guides to build is the small exploded diagram, the picture on the box and a few vague sentences. Following their instructions, when I placed the "very heavy" top on the base, it promptly collapsed into a pile of useless junk metal on the floor. I eventually hoisted the top portion and re-installed the base using my own skills while hanging from a chain hoist. I straightened the bent base parts and reinforced it with angle iron and it seems to hold.. Now comes the final installation, the pulley cover has two holes to mount it. No matter how you look at it, additional holes are simply missing and they have to be located and drilled for the cover to fit properly. Obviously, the engineer/s never put on e of these together or they would have immediately found their mistakes (I hope). I had to make a template for the hole placement, buy additional screws and
finally after about a day's worth of struggling, it's working. The top portion (most important) seems to be well made cast and I believe with a new American made blade, it will be dependable enough. Typical Chinese quality, just barely good enough to get by. You would NEVER find this lack of quality and poor design from any American made good. Unfortunately, I thought since the company Black Bull is located in Buffalo, NY that it was made in America!
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Here's the problem. The bevel gear that is turned by the worm gear is made of VERY soft metal and will soon disintegrate. This is stupid. To make matters worse, the gear lube in the case is very poor quality light oil. So that part will fail. Everyone loves this saw when they first use it, but if after you use it a few times it fails and will no longer work, what good is that? The gear failed the third time we used this saw. We're searching for parts and hope to find a replacement gear from the manufacturer or someone else. We got a screaming deal on the price ($200) but the vendor (Tractor Supply Company) won't back it up because it was sold on clearance. I feel sorry for anyone who paid $500 for this tool.
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