the chain clamp holds securely but you need to fiddle to get it hooked each time. the lower travel stop is a socket head cap screw. it could be in a better position. i may change it to a threaded knob which gives the saw a larger area to rest on. my only real complaint would be the pivot. if you don't pay attention, it can work loose which lets the saw wobble. i tightened it a second time to take out the wobble. this had the additional effect that the saw will stay at any position you leave it rather than dropping to the undersized stop and you don't have to raise it completely to the upright position. all that said, once i learned the quirks of this tool it works well. i should get a lot of services from it.
There are a couple of things I didn't like. One is the chain vise,don't like it's location at all,parts of it are below the base.Would have rather had it like there chop saws.The other is I had to sand a lot of the paint off all around the chain vise to get it to work,chain wouldn't even go through where you need to work it.One other thing,not as portable as I thought it would be,very heavy.Was going to use it on my weld truck,too heavy,so I'll just use it in the shop instead.Heavy is also good,built nice.
Pros: Durable, Sturdy, Accurate, Strong, Good Size & Weight, Long-Lasting
By converting the portable band saw into a horizontal table saw with out investing on a second horizontal band saw. It has reduced the extra time machining the ends for square end material with a clean vertical cut. The only two draw backs I have found is the extra time it takes to get the portaband adjusted for true cuts on the material, and having a way to make clean angle cuts. In all this table saved about two weeks of extra machining. I give it a A+.
I was originally looking for a chop saw that would cut metal conduit, uni-strut and threaded rod. My company already had several Milwawkee portable band saws, so this was a great alternative. It is easy to put together and take apart.
Pros: Easy to Use, Sturdy, Strong, Good Size & Weight
Casting on swing-arm broke first use. Drove 50 miles to Milwaukee Factory Service Center - no warranty on accessories, no parts available, call someone like Home Depot that cares. Got refund from Home Depot. No more Milwaukee tools.