Iím looking for a easy way to mount my bench mount cold cut saw to a swivel type base to allow me to cut steel at a number of different angles
Assuming; 1) You are trying to keep long stock fully supported while cutting. 2) You do not want to move the stands.
Even if you swivel the whole saw, you still have to swivel the vise if you are going to use it to hold the stock. Mount the saw on a turntable what pivots around the same point the saw vise pivots around. That way when you pivot the saw, the vise will stay in the same position. You will just have to adjust it to match the new angle of saw.
hemmjo is correct; the commercial saws pivot the saw motor in the base, adapting to long stock. Even miter wood saws pivot this way; my visualization was wrong. I do know it's worthwhile to have infeed-outfeed tables for stock, used gravity roller conveyors can be found at reasonable price; sometimes.
...we'll learn more by wandering than searching...
A very worthwhile project. Something I have been trying to get to for a while now. In a small shop, pivoting the saw and not having to maneuver the long stock is a huge benefit. I plan on having a wall rack for the stock and incorporate the pivoting saw in a roller table all part of the wall rack. I found a complete Makita cut-off saw on Craig's List for free. It had bad motor bearings but I only want the swivel base assembly. I will adapt my existing dry saw to fit this setup. Sorry about the incomplete nature of the pictures. I just wanted to reinforce your idea and hemmjo's post about using an existing system.
Yes I have also been thinking along the same lines , it would be much easier to modify an existing pivoting system. I will have to keep an eye out on the internet market places . As for the clamping system I would probably have that mounted more to the left and remove the existing clamp set up . Unless someone has different ideas on dealing with this problem?
I believe if cutting long stock, the vise does not need to be so close to the cut. Most miter saws have a clamping system mounted on the backside of the fence that presses down on the stock. The stock bears against the back fence, the clamp presses it down. The most difficult stock to cut would be rounds, where they try to spin, so they must be securely clamped.
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