Another winner from Milwaukee
Feb 25, 2004
Review by tarf
Rated a Very Helpful Review
Pros:Very rugged and reliable. Quick blade changes.
Cons:None really worth mentioning.
The Bottom Line: A very reliable and rugged saw that is simple to use.
My experience with portable band saws started with an earlier version of the Milwaukee 6230 and it was the two speed model. That two speed model worked very well in cutting Uni-Strut and rigid conduit. My only problem with the saw was that it had two speeds, low and high. The low speed was ok, but you could not ease into the cut or switch into high while cutting.
Recommend this product?
When my electrical job was done I sold that saw and used an abrasive chop saw for a long time for cutting conduit and Uni-Strut. While at a job site I saw a guy with a Milwaukee 6230 Deep Cut Band Saw. It was a variable speed saw and what appeared to be a slightly larger capacity cut. I tried it and it would start at a crawl and go to full speed (and any speed in between) by pulling the trigger. I was hooked! I had to get one.
The chop saw was fine except that it was loud, threw sparks everywhere and the cut often left a large sharp burr that had to be filed or ground down. The portable band saw could do everything I needed to do and then some. It was also quiet, did not pull a lot of power when cutting, did not leave a large burr after cutting, and it sliced through Uni-Strut, conduit, re-bar, all thread rod, and anything else metal, like a hot knife through butter.
The Milwaukee 6230 quickly became my favorite cut off tool. The name plate on the tool says 6230. The kit I bought was called the 6232-6 and the saw came with a 14 TPI (teeth per inch) bi-metal blade and a plastic carry case. The cutting capacity for round stock is 4-3/4 and square stock of 4-3/4 x 4-3/4. It operates on 120 volts AC only and has a range of 0-350 feet per minute (no load speed) on the blade and the motor draws 6 amps. This saw uses a 44-7/8 x 0.020 x ½ blade.
Blades: A discussion about them is in order. In general you should try to have 6 to 12 teeth in contact with the material when using a bi-metal blade and cutting metal. More teeth per inch is required for thin, hard or if the finish is important. Blades with more teeth per inch are required when cutting soft or thick material. These are rules of thumb and youll have to experiment a little to see what works best in your job.
A variable pitch blade has teeth that vary from (lets use a 14-18 TPI blade) 14 teeth per inch to 18 teeth per inch. The varying tooth sizes and gullet depth changes over a predetermined distance and then repeats. Teeth are set left and right with a single straight tooth called a raker tooth used to help maintain a straight cut. The design of the variable tooth pitch cuts down (no pun intended) on the harmonic frequency of the cut. In other words, the variable tooth blade design does not vibrate or chatter as much (or at all) while cutting when compared to a fixed pitch blade. Since a variable tooth blade has teeth at 14, 15, 16, 17 and 18 TPI, it can handle a larger range of material thicknesses without having to change blades.
Milwaukee makes several fine blades and the one I use the most is a variable tooth blade 14-18 TPI bi-metal blade. This blade will handle just about any sort of sawing job around whether it may be a solid or hollow stock, or a combination material such as bonded electrical conduit with a plastic outer jacket and a steel/copper spiral wound tube in the middle.
Using the saw is a breeze. Align the blade where you want to make your cut, taking care to put the saw rest against the work and then squeeze the trigger. As the cuts progresses you can increase the saw speed. Changing blades is about a one minute job. You unplug the saw, flip the tension handle, remove the old blade, install the new blade with the teeth pointed to the back of the saw, guide the blade into the grooves and then flip the tension lever back. Its as easy as that.
While this saw is meant to be used free hand, its not a scroll saw to cut out very intricate patterns. Its also not nearly powerful enough to cut through some of the heavy wall materials but
it does have a place at your home or the jobsite. If you are cutting ¾ and smaller re-bar, Uni-strut, conduit, copper or steel tubing or shapes, and the like, this is the saw. I have only made a few cuts on 3 solid steel and it cut through it pretty quickly all things considered. Would I want to do that all day long? No. Youll need a bigger saw. But this is the saw Ill reach for when I need to made overhead cuts as it is light enough to do that. I did not weight the saw but Ill guess it weighs around 15 pounds.
The speed control is a small knob located on the trigger of the saw. Turning it will make the saw run from the slowest speed to the maximum speed of that setting. This saw does not have a lock-on switch. It would be handy for the longer cuts but it is not much of an issue for me.
Also, Milwaukee makes a stand for this saw with a clamp to make precise cuts. I do not own that but have used it. It works very well.
Warranty. Milwaukee is offering a 5 year warranty on the saw so ownership costs should be very low.
What would I change? I wish Milwaukee would go back to the Quick Loc cord they have used on their many other corded tools such as their Sawzall or Right Angle Drills. My cord has become damaged and you have to take the handle apart to change out the cord. Again a minor gripe on my part.
Would I buy another 6230 again? Yes!
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