In this post I add a Lumbersmith Sawmill Handlebar to my portable bandsaw. I did this because it makes it easier to get a constant pressure on the bandsaw and because I think it is a little safer because I am farther from the blade.
The push bar was purchased from the lumbersmith site and was pretty pleased with the idea and the quality of construction.
I was not totally happy because their was a manufacturer defect.
The push bar was supposed to be swaged so it could push into the arms of the bar. The one I got was not swaged so the three pieces of the bar would not fit together.
The company was nice about it and offered me two choices:
- Send it back and they would fix it
- I could fix it myself and they would send me some blades.
Obviously, I took the blades.
I fixed the problem by using a wooden dowel to connect the two tubes. Next, I applied the universal prepper fix of some judiciously applied duct tape. I have not had a problem since.
After using this for some time (about 3 Years) This handlebar was a good purchase. It makes it much easier to cut wood and move the mill around.
I think that this particular model is not really the focus of the lumbersmith company. From looking at their site, it seems like they have designed a better model that is a little different.