What I mean, is something that does coarse cutting--but not as coarse as a chop saw.
I started to switch over a few months ago from making the ScopeRoller assemblies entirely of acetal, to using aluminum tubing, with an acetal insert threaded to accept the caster. Part of the manufacturing process that I use for making the acetal insert involves cutting diagonal slices off of a piece of acetal rod. This is fine as long as you have six or seven inches or more of acetal rod to hang on to--but when you get down to the last three or four inches--you really don't want your fingers that close to the blade!
I've come up with several fixtures for holding pieces that are already machined, and have threaded holes in them because of that, in position on the chop saw. But what to do about a small piece that is not already machined? Round stuff isn't real easy to clamp in place, especially when it is so short. It would be really nice if there was a way to do roughly what a vertical mill does--but fast, and maybe not so accurate. Something measured in tenths of an inch accuracy, instead of thousandths--but without power to make big cuts.
I have a band saw, but I confess that I seem to break blades a bit too often to feel confident in it. If the blade is taut enough to not be waving all over the workpiece, kaching! Broken blade.