im am starting a marine fabrication shop. i will be making boat tops, and marine accesories. i was wondering if anyone knows of a good tubing notcher and band saw. im not afraid of spending alot of money for a good product but if i dont have to spent alot then i dont want to. can any one help?? thanx..
Check out MittlerBrothers. They have some slick tools since $isn't an issue at this point. Some tubing notchers have limitations as to the degree you can fishmouth. As far as bandsaws, I am looking at Jet as well, but there is a Dake bandsaw that is looking mighty nice. I am going to an auction soon so I will check out what is there before I drop the coin on new equipment.
I guess it all depends if you really want to jump into this with both feet or start slow. You can spend 50$ on the typical drill press operated tubing notcher or $300 for the williams lowbuck mechanical one. Then there are the abrasive belt ones that agressively grind the shape and even more expensive are the ones that use a big end mill in essentially a lathe head and a cross feed mechanism to lock your tube at whatever angle you want and then feed it into the cutter. If time is money and you plan to cut hundreds/thousands and need them quick and accurate you will probably have to spend the bigger dollars for one.
The miller road show they had here in Raleigh had some really neat cutters in all price ranges from $75 to probably $4,000. The hydraulic versions of the williams lowbuck ones sure were neat (and quick). Clarification... they really were not williams lowbuck notchers. Same idea though. Male/female punch dies but run by hydraulics. Nice compact little units if I remember correctly.