There are many different types of saws in the market available today, and which saw is best for you really depends on what type of cuts you’re looking to get done for your project(s). As we continue our quest to find the best power tools in the market and for the money, today we take a look at a more advanced model, the band saw. We found the very best 10 models in the market worth looking at.
What is a band saw?
To brush up on the subject a bit, a band saw is a powerful tool that uses a blade with a continuous band of metal and teeth together with one edge that cuts different materials. The band has two different wheels that rotate in one plane, but some band saws may have three or four wheels. Band sawing produces uniform cutting action due to the tooth load being evenly distributed.
The band saw may be used for metal working, woodworking and cutting of different materials. They are normally useful in cutting curved and irregular shapes, but they can also make straight cuts. They aren’t necessarily as popular as jigsaws or reciprocating saws, but adding a band saw to your arsenal will only improve your versatility and workflow when it comes to completing your important projects.
How to pick the best band saw
- Price tag – The range of band saws is a bit wide due to the few outliers in the industrial tool realm making some appearances in here. We tried to find not only the best band saws out there that cover the other factors below, but those that fit most price ranges that are available today.
- Portable or stationary? We love the uses for bench top band saws, but portable models are very popular as well. This all depends on your intended use (not only now but for the future as well) — will you be needing some versatility, travel-friendly options or merely want the band saw to sit stationary in your workshop?
- Corded vs cordless? Most portable band saws are coming in at cordless, while the stationary, bench top models are corded.
- Additive features – LED lights for help with guiding the cut, guard rail for enhanced safety, blade tracking and more. What features are you wanting in your band saw? These may hike the price up a bit.
- Power – The average HP among the popular band saws in the market ranges from 1 to 5.
The top 10 best band saws on earth
The DeWalt DCS371B is one of the highest rated band saws in the market. It has a centered handle that offers superior balance while it is also ergonomically built, allowing the user to obtain accurate cuts with little to no user fatigue. The LED light with a 20-second delay illuminates dark work surfaces for accurate cuttings and it has an integrated hang hook that allows you to hang the band saw without damaging the front handle or the base. The blade tracking adjustments increase the blade life and also offer accurate blade tracking. The convenient tool-free blade changing feature loosens the blade tension to let the user change the blade much easier. Its dual bearing blade is used to guide the rollers, and it will provide durability with the blade support system. It has a great set of additional features as you can see and we highly recommend it if it’s within your budget.
Milwaukee M18 2629-20
The Milwaukee M18 2629-20 is a cordless lithium-ion band saw that is perfect for cutting not only your typical applications but metal in tight or overhead spaces as well. It has a high cut capacity with low vibration and has a work light and blade ejection system that is tool free. Its adjustable materials guide allows the user to make cuts flush to walls or the ceiling. It is a popular item for mechanical, plumber and electrician cutting needs but really any application aside from industrial projects will get taken care of with this one. It’s one of the best portable band saws out there. It’s a bit more expensive than the previously listed model and also doesn’t include the battery, so be sure to include that in your budget if you need one alongside the band saw.
This band saw has a patented blade guard used for the adjustment and quick change of the blade. The Powertec BS900 steers away from the portable models and offers a table that has a rack with a pinion adjustment for an easy tilt up to 45 degrees. The saw has a blade tracking window and a quick release blade tension lever which makes the blade change process very easy. The blade is between 1/8 inch and 3/8 inch, which provides versatility for scrawl and re-sawing. The saw is relatively affordable when it comes to this type of band saw but is also very handy and efficient. It doesn’t offer as many additive features as the others but if you can make way without them, we highly recommend it. It is good for simple and quick jobs and when t is hooked up with the dust or vacuum collector, it does not leave any sawdust behind it. The product comes with instructions that are easy to follow in case you need to read up on how to use it.
This SKIL 3386-01 band saw can make precise and accurate cuts with the features of the 9″ band. As far as additional features go, it has a laser cut line guide and an ‘EZ view blade’ to help with the accuracy of your results. The saw is lightweight and it has a 2.5 amp motor which isn’t necessarily monstrous like some industrial band saws but it can get the job done for most uses. It has a pinion and rack table adjustment that allows quick angle and height changes. The 6-TPI saw has a blade that cuts through different types of common materials. It lastly comes with a dust port and includes the band saw with 6-teeth for each blade. We’d recommend taking a look at this band saw since the user reviews state to be quite satisfied with the usefulness of this one. It’s also pretty easy on the wallet.
This is one of the best band saws for the money because its made with a solid steel design and is a scaled down version of the other more-expensive saws by Rikon. The Rikon 10-305‘s frame has been made using a steel plate, and it is stronger compared to the plastic frames found with other brands. The table is cast iron and provides a very sturdy work surface. The motor offers ample power for cutting and the micro adjustable guide post has a lower and raise guide for the height when the handle is turned. This product has the same features as those that are typically found in a band saw so it isn’t necessarily lacking much. The dust post keeps the work area clear and free from dust. It’s more expensive than the previously listed bench top band saw but for good reason since the overall construction and materials used are better quality and will last you a lot longer if you can take care of it properly.
This item comes with everything that the operator needs to complete merely any cutting job they can think of. The JET 414459 is versatile and also powerful, and it offers some extra safety features so that the user can be confident about using it. It has many additional features, including automatic shut-off after the cut and roller cabinets that have a built-in chip tray. The saw also has hardened and ground worm gear with a hydraulic down feed that allows for ease of cut. It has a heavy cast iron bed, has some nifty wheels for transport and it comes with the UL listed motor. The saw comes with a chip brush, adjustable material stop, coolant system and bi-metal blade with a vertical work table. It’s a JET tool, so that means you’re getting a top-of-the-line, near industrial-quality band saw at your hands.
The Makita XBP02Z was developed to be used for tough cutting tasks, and there is no match when it comes to this model being one of the best cordless portable band saws. It has 6 different settings with a different speed control dial that helps the user in matching speed to its application and it has a protective bumper design that adds durability. The saw is compact, ergonomically designed and lightweight. It is equipped with an adjustable foot in order to protect the materials when working and it offers support to achieve accurate cuts. The tool hook is used to secure the saw when it is not being used. Remember that its the bare-version of the band saw so if you don’t have a Makita battery yet, you need to factor that into the budget as well.
The WEN 3962 is reminiscent of old band saw models. It has 2 different speeds to use which makes it the perfect option for a variety of workshops. With an amp motor that it is over 9 speed, this saw is going to approach the boards with cuts up to 6 inches wide and deep speed operation that allows speeds of 1520 or 2620 FPM. The saw is designed with over 72 inch blades and it can offer between 1/8 inch to 1/2 inch cuts that are both powerful and accurate. The work table is spacious and may be swiveled to reach up to 45 inches. Lastly, the package includes a flexible work light that illuminates its work table. It’s decently priced in comparison to the other bench top band saws in here and is just another option to take a look at, especially if you’re a WEN tools fan.
This is one of the best band saws made by DeWalt. With its 10 amp motor that was designed with controlled power in order to withstand many job site applications, the DeWalt DWM120K also has a 5’’ deep cut capacity with a rectangular and round stock. It has a serviceable steel shoulder with rubber bumpers that allow the guard to withstand the job site abuse without getting damaged. In terms of additional features, the LED sight light is used to see the cut line even when it is in a dark environment. and the blade tracking adjustment is used to increase the life of the blade while helping with blade tracking. It has a durable and adjustable material guide that lets the users adjust for different materials. The ergonomic changing lever can loosen the blade tension, and it allows easy change of the blades. A very solid portable band saw here worth looking at.
Laguna Tools MBAND1412-175
Last but not least, we’ve decided to include yet another monstrous band saw to take a look at. It’s another outlier in the budget range of band saws, but if you’re looking for an industrial-quality model to add to your workshop, check it out. The Laguna MBAND1412-175 comes with solid cast iron wheels which can dampen the vibration to achieve precise balance, and it is fitted with polyurethane tires that run cooler and last for an even longer period than the other models in here. The generous sized table is micro-polished with a gorgeous sheen and includes a precision fence that may be flipped vertically for re-sawing or horizontally for standard ripping. The magnetic blade guard can be lowered or raised with the worm drive rack and the pinion in order to guide the blade in all types of heights. The construction alone makes it a wise investment if you’re looking for longevity, not to mention the overall cutting you’re going to get with this is above and beyond most.