I asked a similar question here where I got some useful advice for selecting bandsaws in general. From the advice received I was able to select a few potentially interesting vertical woodcutting bandsaws.
This question is more specifically about what to consider when buying a Horizontal bandsaw for cutting metal stock, tubing, etc.
I assume there is some amount of overlap in the dimensions to consider such as:
- Variable speed for multiple materials
- Adjustable blade guides
- Throat capacity
What are other dimensions to consider?
Are there any features that are clearly must-haves?
Because this tool will be used in a Hackspace/Makerspace it will be used by many different people on a wide variety of projects and probably with a wide variety of materials. It is also quite possible it'll be used for several hours a day (this is still unknown).
Our budget is roughly in the £1,000 to £3,000 range. Any advice would be appreciated.