Draw the cut line on the tape. The tape goes on the side where the blade teeth exit the workpiece, on the top for circ and jig saws, bottom for band saws, but with a proper blade and real BB, not really necessary for the band saw.
The saws I mentioned bolt down to a surface, I made a movable stand for mine. Most band saws will cut metal with the right blade. Both saws are steel construction, steel spine. Cut quality is all in the care you take with setup. Lots of used, full sized band saws out there. They are moveable, but tippy. Used price will be about the same as the smaller Rikon ($350). The WEN is $260 at HomeDepot online, free pickup at your local store. Top quality 72 1/2" blades were cheap on Amazon, the shorter blade gets dull faster than the 93 inch blade on most Delta style cast iron saws.
Not giving you a hassle Barb, just trying to be helpful. I bet that Mike in Detroit would love to keep an eye out for a band saw at a good price for you. He's a great guy, I visited him a few years ago when I was in Detroit.
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