This is the roll-around stand I made for my late 80’s Taiwan-made 4×6 bandsaw, which is almost identical to the one Harbor Freight sells. It uses a Harbor Freight 3-shelf service cart with the top shelf turned upside down. I was a little worried about it being top-heavy so I replaced the original 5-inch casters with 3-inch ones mounted on outriggers made from pressure-treated 2x6s. Now it’s much more stable because the wheels are farther apart and it has a lower center-of-gravity.
The 16×30-inch steel cart was on sale for $50 and I used one of HF’s easy-to-find 20%-off coupons to save another $10. The casters were also on sale. I think they were $4 a piece. My scrap bins provided the wood and the 1-inch aluminum angle I used to fabricate the brackets that attach the saw to the risers. I splurged about $8 on a tube of Minwax “Crimson Red” Express Color stain so the wood would compliment the red color of the cart. The stain was a lot quicker and easier to apply than paint. I still need to find a suitable hook I can attach to the cart to store its extension cord. As you can see there’s lots of room on the middle shelf for a coolant pump and reservoir, if I ever decide I need to add one.
The sheet-metal stands these saws come with are a major source of grief, so putting the saw on a another stand is a popular modification. I learned about using one of these carts on the Yahoo 4×6 discussion group. Another popular method is to mount the saw on top of a 2-drawer filing cabinet that has been mounted on casters. If you browse the group’s photo archive you’ll also find some nifty designs for welded steel stands.
I’d wanted one of these bandsaws for a very long time but I didn’t think I had room for one. For years Harbor Freight regularly had them on sale for $160, but of course once I needed one I found the sale price had gone up to $230. I was ready to pay that but I decided to check Craigslist one more time. I couldn’t believe it when I found this one for $50, which included a brand new Lenox blade which was probably worth at least $30 by itself. I had to replace the power switch but it works great and I get very square cuts with it.