Makita 2107F Portable Bandsaw Review
A Review Of The 2107F Makita Bandsaw For The Model Engineer In Thailand
Small bandsaws suitable for the model engineer in Thailand are very hard (impossible?) to find here in Thailand. I knew that Makita made a vertical bandsaw because I saw it in a shop but that was for cutting wood and I wanted one to cut metals, primarily steel. So a quick look through a few Makita catalogues online threw up this portable machine, the Makita BPB 180 Bandsaw. As a battery powered tool it it didn’t seem up to the job although I didn’t dismiss it out of hand and I was amazed at the quoted capacity of 120 mm or 4-3/4″.
Anyway I went to check at one of our local tool and hardware merchants in Pak Chong so see if they could get one and what the price was. The answer was that in Thailand, the battery powered Makita BPB 180 bandsaw is not available but a mains powered Makita 2107F Bandsaw is available to order.It is identical to the Makita BPB 180 bandsaw but is mains powered, not battery powered. At the Peuan Kaiset shop in Pak Chong the Makita 2107F Bandsaw is on abouty 2 days delivery from Bangkok. The price at the Peuan Kaiset shop is 15,500 Thai Baht. That’s about US$ 493 or GB£307. So I paid a deposit and awaited delivery from Bangkok.
My Makita 2017F Bandsaw
Well, my Makita bandsaw arrived a few days later together with a few spare blades I had ordered. I tried it out on a piece of brass bar about 0.5″ diameter fixed in a bench vice and it cut very well holding the saw by hand.
Direction Of Blade Travel
One thing surprised me though was the direction of cut (blade travel direction).
A normal hacksaw cuts on the forward stroke. The blade on the Makita portable bandsaw travels towards you so that the saw is pulling away from you – the opposite to what I’m used to.
This has repercussions when we come to make the Vertical and Horizontal Holders as described below.
Making Vertical and Horizontal Holders for the 2017F Bandsaw
So now I had a bandsaw that worked and it would be fine to use as a powered hand-held hacksaw. But I wanted more than that. I wanted the bandsaw to be held in some kind of frame (or frames) so that I could use it as a normal horizontal cut-off machine and also to have it held with the blade vertical with a machine table so that I could push metal into the blade. This is a movie showing how to make a fixed table and convert the portable Makita 2107F Bandsaw into a bench-mounted vertical bandsaw:
That’s not me in the movie, by the way. I’ll get round to making one of those frames shortly, but my pressing need is for a horizontal cut-off type holder.
Making A Horizontal Cut-Off Type Holder For The Makita 2107F Band Saw
So I set to and very quickly lashed up a very rough and ready prototype holder for the bandsaw to test the principle of what I wanted to achieve. Here are some photos and a video of it:-
Makita 2107F Band Saw Cut Off Machine Version 1
Making a prototype Band Saw Cut Off Machine for the Makita 2107F portable bandsaw.
Other Side View Side View Of A Prototype Horizontal Cut-Off Type Holder For The Makita 2107F Band Saw<br />[img src=http://modelengineeringinthailand.com/wp-content/flagallery/makita-2107f-band-saw-cut-off-machine-version-1/thumbs/thumbs_makita-2107f-band-saw-cut-off-machine-version-1-holding-bolts-01.jpg]00Bolts Holding The Makita 2107F Band Saw Band Saw
There are two M8 tapped holes in the Makita 2107F portable Band Saw Band that can be used to fix it to any kind of holder[img src=http://modelengineeringinthailand.com/wp-content/flagallery/makita-2107f-band-saw-cut-off-machine-version-1/thumbs/thumbs_makita-2107f-band-saw-cut-off-machine-version-1-01.jpg]00Band Saw Cut Off Machine V1 Side View
Front View Of A Prototype Horizontal Cut-Off Type Holder For The Makita 2107F Band Saw<br />Side View Of A Prototype Horizontal Cut-Off Type Holder For The Makita 2107F Band Saw<br />
Yes, I know it’s a bit flimsy and Heath-Robinson, but it works. The next version will be a bit beefed up with a shorter horizontal arm. The final version will have it’s own stand and vice and not simply be clamped to the bench like this prototype.
Here is version 1A with a shorter rm and cutting a bigger piece of steel:-
Makita 2107F Band Saw Cut Off Machine Version 1A
A minor change to the Makita 210F portable bandsaw holder to improve rigidity and we cut off a bigger piece of steel.
Cut Off From 2" Tube By Makita 2107F Bandsaw Holder Version 1A[img src=http://modelengineeringinthailand.com/wp-content/flagallery/makita-2107f-band-saw-cut-off-machine-version-1a/thumbs/thumbs_makita-2107f-bandsaw-holder-version-1a-before-cutting.jpg]00Makita 2107F Bandsaw Holder Version 1A Before Cutting
Makita 2107F Bandsaw Holder Version 1A Before Cutting[img src=http://modelengineeringinthailand.com/wp-content/flagallery/makita-2107f-band-saw-cut-off-machine-version-1a/thumbs/thumbs_makita-2107f-bandsaw-holder-version-1a-finished-cutting.jpg]00Makita 2107F Bandsaw Holder Version 1A Finished Cutting
Makita 2107F Bandsaw Holder Version 1A Finished Cutting<br />
Development Of A Frame To Hold The Makita 2107F Portable Bandsaw For Horizontal Cut-Off Use
I am developing a frame to hold the Makita 2107F portable bandsaw in a horizontal position to allow easy cutting off of bars.
On the Makita 2107F Horizontal Bandsaw Frame Design page you can see the design as it develops and some of the issues that have arisen and how I’m dealing with them.