Hi. I used the harbor freight 4 speed bandsaw to start with. I waited for the 25% off coupon.
Then I used this reducer. I added the mount and motor coupling which you can find on the surplus center.com website. Again, I found coupons online.
The last thing I added was a quality Lennox metal cutting blade. I think I have about $450 invested, but you would be hard pressed to find a vertical, 14", metal cutting bandsaw for twice that price.
I have used it to cut aluminum, brass, stainless steel, and mild steel with no issues. I use it far more than my horizontal bandsaw.
If you want, I can send you some pix via email when I get out to the shop. Probably be a couple of days, though...
Let me know!