SKIL 3386-01 2.5-Amp Band Saw Review

Ratings
  • Ease of Use - 9.4/10
    9.4/10
  • Value - 9.5/10
    9.5/10
  • Cutting - 9.4/10
    9.4/10
  • Durability - 9.5/10
    9.5/10

Summary

This equipment is light in weight, well constructed and very easy to set up. With this unit, you will be able to carry out effective cutting of hard, thicker materials as well as lightweight materials.

9.5/10
SKIL 3386-01 2.5-Amp 9-Inch Band Saw
List Price:$120.64
Price:$120.64
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The SKIL 3386-01 band saw comes with a ribbed aluminum table with tilting adjustment capacity. The range of adjustment starts from 0 and ends at 45, a large range for tilting and positioning this band saw in any position of your choice. You can even go further with the adjustment by using the blade guide adjustment. This feature allows you to come up with custom depth settings that are befitting to your projects.

This band saw is carefully designed with a flexible LED (Light Emitting Diode) lamp for more visibility. Working in darker areas or at night should not be a problem with this power tool. A MITRE gauge is also included to improve accuracy and versatility of this equipment.

In the following sections, you will learn about the features, advantages and disadvantages of this band saw. We have carefully analyzed each feature and benefit for you so that at the end of this article, you will have an idea of what you are buying.

Features

  • You can easily get accurate, straight cuts on this unit with the rip fence included on it.
  • This band saw comes with an LED (Light Emitting Diode) work light so that you can have a clear view of what you are working on and get a straight cut-line on your cutting.
  • The SKIL 3386-01 2.5-Amp 9-Inch Band Saw comes with a 1-1/2-inch dust port that helps you in keeping the work area clear of dust.
  • You can easily carry out angle and height adjustments with the addition of a rack and pinion table adjustment.
  • Cut through metals or wood with the 1-speed motor on this unit.
  • At the time of this writing, this unit is the #1 seller on Amazon.com in the Band Saw category.

Pros

  • With this unit, you won’t have to worry about getting the proper visibility while working. The Articulating LED (Light Emitting Diode) illuminates your work area thereby making life easy for you.
  • With Rack and Pinion table adjustment included on this power tool, you will be able to make quick and correct height and angle adjustment. The attached Dust Port then completes the work by helping you to minimize dust in your workspace. You can extend this feature by even attaching a vacuum hose.
  • When you make crosscuts, the miter gauge will be effective for that purpose and whenever you are working on the unit, the rip fence helps to guide your workpiece so that you can get an accurate and straight cut.
  • This product is backed by a 3-year limited warranty from the manufacturer. As long as you register your unit within 30 days of purchase and you keep the product from damage, you will be covered by the limited warranty from the manufacturer.
  • The SKIL 3386-01 2.5-Amp Band Saw can be moved around with ease. It is light in weight so that you can move it around whenever the need arises. And when you get it to the area where you want to use it, you can clamp it down to minimize or eliminate vibration. This means that you will be free from interruption all through your project.
  • It is a good band saw for you if wood and metal cutting is your hobby. With this product, you can easily carry out the construction of pinewood derby cars for cub scouts etc. In addition, the SKIL 3386-01 2.5-Amp Band Saw is easy to assemble, comes with a nice blade, and can help you cut through hard materials with great dexterity – thus making it a good companion for the experienced.
  • For the novice, this is a very good machine as it is easy to setup, easy to use, and comes with clear manufacturer instructions. It is also very easy to clean and maintain.

Cons

  • Someone complained that the blade on this unit wobbles a lot. However, only a fraction of customers has this problem as others have reported that they did not have any problem with the blade. This probably is a manufacturer defect; therefore if you experience anything similar to this, don’t hesitate to contact the manufacturer for guidance.
  • This unit might not be suitable for business cutting. It is designed for home usage where little and light cutting is carried out.
  • Another complaint is that after installation, the deck does not level up. It seems a bit flimsy and for heavy work.

Conclusion

This equipment is light in weight, well constructed and very easy to set up. With this unit, you will be able to carry out effective cutting of hard, thicker materials as well as lightweight materials. If you are looking for the ideal power tool that will give you all the control you need, easy to remove blades, this is your best option. With little adjustments and a clear instruction, you will find that this unit works out of the box.