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    I would like to buy or make some accessories for my porta band. Basically be able to turn it into a stationary table top vertical band saw and/or a hinge chop saw.

    Anyone build mounts for theirs or buy ones at a reasonable cost?






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    Use mine all the time. Wasn't super hard to make, but the swag one is worth the money. The fact you can go back to using it as a portable saw without tools makes a huge difference. On that note to make mine, I just pulled the blade guard off, and clamped it down then transfer punched the pattern. Used a cut off wheel to cut the blade slot.

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    I bought the swag one...pretty simple and easy to use...it was worth it to just buy it IMO

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    I just built a mount for my HF saw this weekend. For the money this saw has been great and still working fine after probably 5 years now. I find the vertical setup to be the most useful so that's what I wanted. My buddy has a Dewalt in the Swag stand and it works great.

    I put this together with about 1' of angle iron, and about 2' of 2" flat stock I pulled out of a scrap pile. Cost was $0 and a few hours of figuring out how to make what I wanted out of what I had.



    I've seen a few other vertical mounts made with square tube bases and hung from the handle bolts like that horizontal mount above (google image search). I didn't have material for that and worked out this option. Mounts with 2 of the bottom cover bolts and through the handle. Looks sort of hack, and it sort of is being I was working with scraps, but it works and its solid.

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    Got some more pics of the mount I made The table and the base are separate. The saw bolts in at 3 points using original bolt holes, though I did drill the hole in the handle out to 1/4". The table bolts to the original guide mounts.



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    The ugly welds were done w/ a stick welder after we ran out of gas in my buddy's mig. I had 1/2 of it already done so he just finished it off with the buzz box.

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    Quote Originally Posted by bgredjeep View Post
    Got some more pics of the mount I made The table and the base are separate. The saw bolts in at 3 points using original bolt holes, though I did drill the hole in the handle out to 1/4". The table bolts to the original guide mounts.



    table






    The ugly welds were done w/ a stick welder after we ran out of gas in my buddy's mig. I had 1/2 of it already done so he just finished it off with the buzz box.
    nice work on that mount!
    --Brooks

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    Quote Originally Posted by meaders View Post
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