Without further ado, here are the five alternatives to the SKIL 3386-01.
1. DEWALT DCS371B 20V MAX Lithium-Ion Band Saw, Bare-Tool
This band saw baretool lives up to its world-renowned brand name and proud power tool lineage by offering impressive specs such as dual bearing blade guide rollers, easy blade tracking adjustment, and a work light LED with 20-seond delay on top of a powerful motor capable of a 2½-inch cut capacity.
The rollers are firm and don't offer much play as suggested elsewhere on this article, the LED is bright but won't get in the way of straightening your cut, and the machine even has an ergonomic centered handle position. At 10.2 pounds though, it just doesn't have the 37.9 pounds weight advantage and greater 3½ inches of cut capacity that the SKIL 3386-01 has.
2. WEN 3962 Two-Speed Band Saw with Stand and Worklight
As a fellow stationary band saw with a stand, the WEN 3962 Two-Speed Band Saw with Stand and Worklight has a lot going for it, beginning with its 72-inch blades that could be anywhere from ⅛ to ½ inches wide and including its two speeds of 1,520 or 2,620 FPM (feet per minute).
It's also quite spacious with its 20 x 25 x 58 inches frame and 14⅛ x 12½ inches work table. However, it lacks a rip fence and the additional spaciousness of the SKIL unit (at 31.1 x 16.2 x 12.8 inches). However, the WEN 3962 weighs twice as the 3386-01 (37.9 pounds versus 73 pounds).
3. Bare-Tool Milwaukee 2629-20 M18 18-Volt Cordless Band Saw
As expected of the Milwaukee brand, the portable, compact, and cordless band saw is easy to use and durable. It also provides an impressive cut capacity of 3¼ inches and a relatively light and mobile weight of 10.2 pounds. It's capable of cutting common materials for applications involving mechanical, plumber, and electrician industries.
The 20.8 pounds unit can cut through 2-3-inch copper, conduit, and angle easily. Then again, the same could be said of the SKIL 3386-01. Sure, the SKIL unit isn't as mobile as the Milwaukee 2629-20, but that can be seen as an advantage in terms of the straightest and most precise cuts on its table surface thanks to its 37.9 pounds of weight and superior 3½ inches cut capacity.
4. Bare-Tool Milwaukee 0729-20 V28
As for this other Milwaukee offering, the Chinese-made band saw shares the same intuitiveness, longevity, and trademark high-powered Milwaukee-built motor that delivers consistent and dependable cutting speed every time. However, the Bare-Tool Milwaukee 0729-20 V28 is an improved version of the Bare-Tool Milwaukee 2629-20 M18.
To be more specific, the 2629-20 M18 is more than twice as heavy as the 0729-20 V28 at 20.8 pounds (versus 10.2 pounds). The later model also showcases 4¾ inches of cut capacity (versus 3¼ inches). It's more cutting power at the expense of mobility, but it is of note that the 2629-20 managed to have a high cut capacity while being more mobile than the stationary SKIL 3386-01.
5. Bosch Bare-Tool BSH180B 18-Volt Lithium-Ion Compact Band Saw
Last but not least is the Bosch Bare-Tool BSH180B Band Saw. This saw is probably the lightest saw on this list at 8.8 pounds. Furthermore, for something so lightweight, the band saw is able to pack a punch with its 2½ inches cut capacity that's comparable to the DEWALT DCS371B. It is pound-for-pound one of the best mobile compact band saws around.
It's most ideal for use in tight spaces or OSHA-approved overhead cutting (that many other band saw options cannot due because of the risk). But how does it compare to the SKIL 3386-01? Pretty favorably, all things considered. The SKIL 3386-01 has slightly better cut capacity and heaviness for stabilization purposes, but the BSH180B has superior cutting maneuverability.